Make the Call, Make a Difference

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by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

It’s that time of year. The tree is set, the phones are connected, and Oak Crest TV and Philanthropy are ready to raise some money. It’s the 8th Annual Benevolent Care Fund Telethon, only on Channel 973!

This year is an exciting telethon for a few reasons. First and foremost, it’s the first telethon for new Philanthropy Manager Stacey Schiano, and new Philanthropy Coordinator Beverly Venedam. They definitely have some big shoes to fill, but if the Benevolent Care Gala in September is any indication, those two will have no problem raising money for those four hours.

While we’ll be welcoming Stacey and Beverly to the telethon excitement, we’ll be saying farewell to a member of the team as well. Television Production Coordinator Chris Taydus will be finishing his time at Oak Crest on the day of the telethon. Chris will be taking over as the Manager of the Television Station at Oak Crest’s sister community Riderwood in Silver Spring, MD. Since things will be hectic in the studio on Chris’s last day, please take an opportunity to stop down to the studio on Monday, November 28th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM to say farewell (Click here for more information).

It’s not all Hellos and Goodbyes though as the telethon will be full of fun and excitement. The whole show kicks off with ‘Carpool Karaoke’ with Josh Runkles & Executive Director Mark Roussey. Based on the popular segment created by late night television host, James Corden, Josh and Mark will drive around the Oak Crest campus talking about Benevolent Care and singing their favorite songs. A few special guests may join in as well.

Josh Runkles & Mark Roussey enjoy some 'Carpool Karaoke' with resident Audrey Buchanan.
Josh Runkles & Mark Roussey enjoy some ‘Carpool Karaoke’ with resident Audrey Buchanan.

The telethon will also include performances by the Oak Crest Line Dancers, resident Duke Baugh, and some Oak Crest staff members, Stacey and Chef Joe Bollinger making Christmas cookies, a tribute to the 20th Anniversary of the Oak Crest Treasure Chest, and much much more!

The telethon will air live on Channel 973 from 10 AM till 2 PM on Friday, December 2nd only on Channel 973. If you miss the telethon, the show will be available the following week at http://www.oakcresttv.com, and you can catch highlights from the show at 7 PM, 9 PM, and midnight. Telethon highlights will also air at 10 AM, 2 PM, 7 PM, 9 PM, and 12 AM on both Saturday and Sunday on Channel 973.

RAC the Vote

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by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

With the national election out of the way, Oak Crest looks toward voting in another one as the community prepares for the Resident Advisory Council election. This nine-member board of residents acts as liaisons between the residents of Oak Crest and the Administration team.

The RAC Elections are held every year with member’s terms being two years long. The election alternates between four and five open positions each year. This year, eight candidates are running to represent the residents. The candidates include Cathy Brodersen, David Cuneo, Harold Forst, Bill Hodges, Charles Jednorski, Bernice Lehr, Bill Litsinger, and Dee Real.

Posters in the community lobbies have the pictures and short biographies for each of the candidates, but sometimes it’s good to hear the words from the candidate’s mouths themselves, and Oak Crest TV is giving you that chance. On Thursday, November 17; Saturday, November 19; Friday, November 25; and Saturday, November 26, Oak Crest TV will air interview done with each of the candidates by resident Jim Wetzel.

Wetzel discusses their past, their hobbies & interests, their qualifications, and what department they’d like to work with if elected to the RAC. Be sure to tune in on each day at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM to see the show and meet the candidates. The show will also be available on Saturday, November 19 at www.oakcresttv.com.

A Trip to the Beauty Shop

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by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

For the past few months, residents have seen the transition of all the Oak Crest Salons over to the new salon management company, PS Salons. While the transition has been a smooth one, many residents are still left asking why they should choose PS Salons over an outside service.

First and foremost, PS Salons is here on the Oak Crest campus. Whether it’s Town Center, Crestview Station, Village Square, or Continuing Care, you receive the same excellent quality service throughout the campus.

Also, PS Salons is a company dedicated to providing a modern, inviting environment where residents, friends, and family want to come together and enjoy a social spa experience. These are salons/spas designed with seniors’ needs in mind. The services, products, and stylists are geared towards residents of retirement communities and their particular needs.

Learn more about PS Salons, their staff, and their service when members of the salon staff join Lauren Costello on Tuesday, November 1  as part of Oak Crest Now. The show will air at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM. It will also be available the following day at www.oakcresttv.com.

Meet the New Associate Executive Director

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by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

The Oak Crest Now Monthly Call-In Show is an excellent opportunity to get your questions answered, but next week, it’ll also be an excellent opportunity to meet Oak Crest’s new Associate Executive Director, Bo Lundh

Bo Lundh will be joined the Oak Crest team as the new Associate Executive Director starting September 26th, 2016. Bo has been with Erickson Living for 21 years. He began his career with Erickson as a senior accountant at Oak Crest in 1995.

“I look forward to coming back to Oak Crest and join the team where I started my Erickson journey,” says Lundh. Bo has served many roles at Erickson Living including Director of Finance, Assistant Executive Director and most recently Director of Operations at Riderwood.

Regardless of title or position changes, the one constant is that Bo is all about serving others. Bo holds a B.S. in Administration with a focus in Finance. Bo is married with two children and resides in New Market, Maryland.

Learn more about Bo and ask your questions about him or the community when he and Mark join Chris Taydus on Thursday, October 27th on Oak Crest Now! The show will be live at 10:00 AM with replays at 2 PM, 7 PM, 9 PM, and 12 AM. The show will also be available the following day at http://www.oakcresttv.com.

A Better End

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by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

As human beings, we strive to control every aspect of our lives. Our food, our accommodations, our bills, and even our medical care. But one aspect that many overlook is their final days.

Advances in modern medicine have increased the average life expectancy in the United States from approximately 61 in 1935 to just shy of 80 in 2010, but death is still inevitable. It’s the one common bond between all human beings on this planet.

How do you want to die? When do you want to die? Where do you want to die? Documents such as advance directives, MOLST (Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) forms, and AND (Allow Natural Death) forms (formerly known as Do Not Resuscitate) can help you to plan for an easier, less painful, and more respectful end of life.

Coming up this week on Oak Crest Now, Dr. Dan Morhaim, a practicing physician, and Maryland state legislator, speaks on his book The Better End and guides viewers through the medical and legal maze of end-of-life care. He details the care choices available to patients and explains why living wills and advance directives are a necessity for every American. He tells readers where to find free and readily available living wills and advance directives and why it is so important for everyone—young and old—to complete them.

Dr. Morhaim’s presentation (which was organized by the Oak Crest chapter of MaCCRA) will air on Tuesday, October 4th at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM on Channel 973. The show is also available right now at www.oakcresttv.com. For more information on Dr. Morhaim and his book, check out his website www.thebetterend.com.

Educational Benefits

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by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

What is active aging? The World Health Organization defines active aging as the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age. For many seniors, Oak Crest and similar communities provide a variety of amenities that help them to actively age through protection, security, and care, but what can people over the age of 62 do for themselves to continue to actively age throughout the remainder of their lives.

One way is through continuing education.

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The Fun is Popping Up!

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by Mel Tansil
studio@oakcresttv.com 

Robbie Furman, the manager of Erickson Advantage for Charlestown retirement community, is always full of surprises, especially when it comes to his twisting balloons. He constantly delights residents and staff who are “children of all ages” with his balloon creations that depict people – real and fictional – and a wide range of animals and pop culture characters.

He has been working with balloons for over 20 years, and his original designs and techniques have become a mainstay for many balloon designers and artists around the world.

Ever since he was a young boy, Robbie has known that twisting balloons was what he wished to do for the rest of his life. Now he has had the chance to share his love of balloons and knowledge with those around the world; teaching them his deco-twisting style.

His designs have been featured on many popular television shows such as, ABC’s All My Children, One Life to Live, Live with Regis and Kelly, Ugly Betty, and Good Morning America.

Robbie’s amazing balloon designs — from arches to an out-of-this-world life-size car that a person can actually sit in – are now found at Charlestown and other retirement communities nationwide managed by Erickson Living. He often teaches residents and staff the wondrous craft of twisting balloons.

Learn more about Robbie, his ballooning skills, and his dedication to the health and well being of Oak Crest residents when he appears on Oak Crest Now on Wednesday, August 24th at 10:00 AM. You can also catch the rebroadcasts at 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM. The show will be available the following day at www.oakcresttv.com.

Born to Run

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Some residents and staff are getting ready to compete in the various races of the 2016 Baltimore Running Festival.
by Lauren Costello
lmcostello@erickson.com

October 15th marks the 2016 Baltimore Running Festival, and yet another year where Oak Crest residents and staff will be participating! Last year, many staff members ran as part of the Kennedy Krieger team and raised over $30,000! This year, they are hoping to surpass that amount and raise even more…but that’s not the only goal for this year’s race… Continue reading