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.

Turkey Time

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by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

Thanksgiving is only a few short days away and Oak Crest TV is bringing you some great entertainment to make your Thanksgiving full of fun and information.

Starting on Thanksgiving day at 10:00 AM, you’ll get to learn about the Thanksgiving memories of some of the residents and staff. Ruth Pundt sits down with some residents to discuss their favorite foods, traditions, and stories of years past. Then Lauren Costello checks in with staff members with their memories and some Thanksgiving trivia questions. The show reairs later that day at 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM.

Later that day, the trivia continues as the Mind Over Memory Championship game airs at 11:30 AM. The Retired & Wired take on the Scorpions in the show’s season finale. It’s an exciting game with plenty of tough questions written and asked by producer David Cuneo. The show will re-air at 3:30 PM and 10:30 PM that day, and 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, and 10:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

Then on Friday, take the opportunity to learn about the RAC Candidates with host Jim Wetzel. Click here to learn more about that show.

Remember all these shows will be available the next day at www.oakcresttv.com. Plus you can always look at the TV Guide at tvguide.oakcresttv.com.

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.

Costumes & Canines

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by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

Oak Crest pooches and people alike were on parade the last few weeks as Oak Crest saw two great events that helped to display some of the outstanding features of Oak Crest: The Oak Crest Canine Cup and the Oak Crest Halloween Costume Contest.

On October 27th, Oak Crest Residents brought out their furry friends to compete in the community’s semi-annual Canine Cup. A dozen of Oak Crest’s top canines competed in categories such as Best Costume, Best Trick, and Waggiest Tail, but the top prize was the coveted Best in Show. Dogs were rated on Oak Crest’s famous ‘Four Paw System.’

“Oak Crest is pet-friendly retirement community with common sense ownership rules in place,” stated Jeff Getek, public affairs manager, and show host. “We understand that pets, particularly dogs, are really like members of the family for people of all ages. Every day, it’s fun to watch residents socialize as they are walking their dogs around our loop road.”

But dogs weren’t the only ones on display as on Monday, October 31st the residents and staff participated in the annual Halloween Costume Contest. Some creative and creepy costumes crossed the Auditorium stage in this annual Media Arts presentation. First, Second, and Third place prizes were awarded in both resident and staff divisions. There was also a prize for the most creative costume.

To find out the winners of the Canine Cup and the Halloween Costume Contest be sure to tune in to Oak Crest Now this week. The Halloween Costumes Contest will air on Monday, November 7 and the Canine Cup will air on Thursday, November 10. Both shows will air at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM. They will also be available the following day 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.

Train Ride to the Past

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by Lauren Costello
lmcostello@erickson.com

If you’ve grown up in Baltimore you are very familiar with the ever popular B&O Railroad. You’ve probably walked past it as a child or maybe even ridden your bike around the neighborhood. Well, all these years later the B&O Railroad you know and love is back…but this time at Oak Crest.

Speaker, Dan Toomey is very familiar with the B&O Railroad having acted as a curator for some of the exhibits. He has written 12 books about various topics involving the war along with many things that have happened in the city of Baltimore. His lecture takes you back to the very beginning of time before the railroad was even established. The pictures he shows you through his presentation really show you how no one had any clues or insight into how to build a railroad. It is amazing to see how they went from having horses pulling cable cars, to actually creating a huge train for this process.

This program airs on Tuesday, October 18th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12AM. You can also watch the program the following day online at www.oakcresttv.com.

The Power of Aging

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by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

Seniors are an important part of society and helping to keep them healthy and happy should be an important part of everyone’s life. The Baltimore County Department of Aging is doing its part to help with the 2016 Baltimore County Power of the Aging Expo.

On October 26th and 27th, older adults, baby boomers, caregivers, families, persons with disabilities and professionals can visit the expo to learn more about 300-plus exhibitors and vendors and how to take advantage of the many County resources designed for seniors and those with disabilities.

Incredible entertainment, a silent auction, and a wide assortment of free health screenings await visitors to this year’s expo as well. Delight in the talents of older adult artists competing in the Art and Craft Contest and Show, receive an annual flu shot or energize by trying a new exercise class in the Senior Center Demonstration Area. Investigate career and training opportunities at the Job Fair or visit the Veteran Resource Muster for resources and information.

Admission is $2 or two cans of non-perishable food. With paid admission, guest will be entitled to a free gift and full access to a multitude of opportunities for resources, enjoyment, and options. Proceeds from Baby Boomer and Senior Expo support the Seniors In Need Fund.

Learn more about the expo by watching Oak Crest Now on Friday, October 14th at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM as Chris Taydus sits down with Joanne Williams, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Aging. The show will also be available the following day on www.oakcresttv.com.

You can also find out more about the expo by visiting its website: www.seniorexpoonline.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.