Creating 50 Years of Television Through Our Residents

Sept29headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

These days are ours
Happy and free! (Oh Happy Days)

….So sit back and relax, because you’re about to travel through 50 years of television!

This past month, Community Resources teamed up with the Philanthropy Department, The TV Studio, and team of one, Jeff Getek, to create something that is going to blow everyone away: A 2018 Resident Calendar.

So what does that mean exactly? Take a look at the picture below:

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Do you recognize those faces? Those are your fellow Oak Crest Residents acting as characters from the ever popular TV Show, Gilligan’s Island!

For 2018, an idea popped up about creating a calendar full of popular TV shows, using our residents as characters. And let me tell you, this was no small project.

Nadine Wellington, Josh Runkles, Stacey Schiano, and Jeff Getek had multiple meetings about how to approach this idea to create something so special to Oak Crest.

First, they needed to establish which TV Shows would be showcased. Then, which residents most closely resembled the characters in those TV shows. Next, the costumes, the makeup, the hair, the poses, etc! Months and months of planning that resulted in 3 days of photo shoots, hours of editing, and many, many, many revisions, to create one amazing calendar.

It was incredible to see how each resident transformed into their character when they walked into the studio. I had so much fun taking their pictures because they were having so much fun! For those few minutes, we got to travel back in time to when that TV show took place and really bring that to life.

Below are some behind the scene shots that were taken during the photo shoots.

EdSullivan_1.jpgJohn Gregory: The Ed Sullivan

IMG_0367.jpgLud Lankford, Elaine Lankford, Sonia Purol, Dennis Hoover: I Love Lucy

Bonanza_2.jpgBob Gralley, Bill Metzger, Jack Orth, Jim Fennesey: Bonanza

Thank you to everyone who helped!! Make sure you tune to Channel 973 on Friday, October 6th at 10AM to hear more about the calendar making process, along with some amazing stories from our residents. The show will also be available online the following day at


 Wednesday, October 18th from 3:30PM to 6PM outside of each dining lobby
Friday, November 3rd at the Treasure Chest Christmas Sale from 10AM to 2PM in the lobby of Erickson Hall
Cost: 1 calendar for $12 or 2 calendars for $20

All proceeds benefit the Benevolent Care Fund



Love at the Gala

Sept22Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

I think everyone was showing some love at the Love Boat themed Gala last Saturday. From the extensive balloon decorations, to the food, to karaoke in the Acorn, I think it was a fact that everyone had a great time.

The night started off with appetizers upstairs where everyone mingled with other residents and staff and enjoyed all the wonderful decorations and raffles. Then, the cruise horn blew and it was time for everyone to head downstairs to hear a few words from Stacey and Captain, Mark Roussey.

The night then kicked off with some dancing and wonderful food! We had it all; steak, crab cakes, tuna, mashed potatoes, veggies…and so much more but I have to stop naming them because it’s making me hungry! And of course, who can forget about all the different desserts.

Around 9PM the Acorn transformed into the Karaoke Lounge where everyone was cheering and singing in their best voice to their favorite songs. Don’t worry, we got that on film 🙂 The casino was packed as well, as residents, staff, and family tried to win big!

Make sure you tune to Channel 973 on Friday, September 29th to follow Josh Runkles around as he makes his way through Crestview Hall. The show will also be available the following day at


Resident Life Updates: The Farewell Edition

Sept15Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

With the month of September coming to a close, Director of Resident Life, Catherine Cohen, will also be closing a chapter of her life.

On Monday, September 25th, Catherine will begin her new role as an Administrator in Training under the guidance of Heather Uttenreither who is the Director of Continuing Care. Even though she will no longer be the Director of Resident Life, you’ll still see her face around campus.

The picture above shows Catherine with the managers of Resident Life, who each ask her a few questions during the show. You’ll find out what Catherine wanted to do as a child, what the next race she wants to run is, and what her favorite memory was in Resident Life. There were many laughs…but there were also some tears.

We don’t want to give too much away, so you’ll have to watch Channel 973 on Friday, September 22nd at 10AM to find out more!

If you miss the 10AM episode, you can always watch again at 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, or midnight. The episode will also be available the following day at

Best of luck, Catherine!

2018 Overnight Trips



2017 has been a great year so far with trips, events, and so much more! But, wait until you see what’s in store for 2018.

Tina Moskunas stopped by our studio with some updates on amazing trips for the next year, and let me tell you, I want to go on all of them! The best part about signing up for these trips is you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

Golden Travel Services, LLC. plans the entire trip, covering the cost of excursions, meals, tips, and anything else you can think of. Most of the trips discussed have escorts that will lead you to and from your destination so you don’t have to worry about getting lost or meeting the group. On some of the trips there will be an escort for the entire duration in case residents need extra help.

Now, I don’t want to spoil what some of the trips are so I’m going to post some pictures below of places that we discussed in the show. The only catch is I’m not going to tell you where they are from! You’ll have to watch to figure out 🙂 But they are truly beautiful!




See? I bet you are dying to know where these places are!! Don’t worry, you can find out on Tuesday, September 12th at 10AM. And if you miss that time, you can watch again at 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, or midnight. The program will also be available online the following day at

Hurricane Harvey

Sept1Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

This past week the city of Houston experienced what many are calling one of the worst disasters in Texas history; Hurricane Harvey.

This is the first major hurricane of 2017, causing more destruction and upset than anyone could have imagined. So far, there have been 39 confirmed deaths and thousands of houses completely destroyed. Recover from this hurricane is expected to take many years.

On Thursday, August 7th, Josh Runkles and Jeff Getek sit down to discuss what happened in Texas and the effects the storm has on Eagles Trace. In case many residents are unaware, there is an Erickson Community in Houston, named Eagles Trace. Thankfully, this community did not undergo flooding, but they were still right in the midst of everything. Many employees could not get back to their house because the roads were too flooded to drive.

Eagles Trace has been in contact with Corporate and many other members of the Erickson Community throughout the entire catastrophe. I think this is something that makes Erickson so special; no matter what the circumstance, no matter where, members of Erickson will be there to support them in any way they can.

Below are some pictures taken from Hurricane Harvey






Make sure you tune into Channel 973 on Thursday, August 7th to find out more specific details and how Houston will rebuild. The episode will also be available the following day at

Tech Week 2017

Aug25Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

As Oak Crest continues to grow, so does technology. More and more residents are moving into the community with laptops, computers, iPads, kindles; you name it, they have it. So, we decided why not dedicate an entire week to technology. Even if you don’t own a computer or electronic device, we have so much great information that might just grab your attention.

I would like to thank Barbara Zorn for helping me plan this week and coming up with our show ideas!

Below is a schedule of topics that will discussed throughout the week.

Monday, August 28th: The Future of Erickson with Hans Keller
You might remember Hans Keller who acts as the Vice President of Corporate IT, when Oak Crest Connect occurred a few years ago. He was such an asset with that process that we wanted to bring him back to talk about what’s in store for the future of the company, as well as Oak Crest. He speaks on the connect process, how to set up safe passwords, ensuring your computers are setup properly to ensure no viruses attack your computer, and many other topics.

Tuesday, August 29th: Social Media Discussion with Jeff Getek
I sit down with Jeff on Tuesday to talk about the Oak Crest Facebook page, the Twitter handle, and some other great online sites that play a huge role when it comes to social media. We’ll show you how to access the Facebook page and how your family can stay up to date on the latest information happening in the community.

Wednesday, August 30th: Teach Terms of 2017
Barbara joins me on set as we discuss some common terms used around the community that some people may not be too familiar with. We want to really break down some of the difficult language and make it much simpler for residents to understand. We also hit on some main points about how useful the Oak Crest Facebook page is, how to use the Erickson Resident website, and how to access our on demand website,

Thursday, August 31st: An Inside Look at the iPad and Computer Users Group
I think this is definitely one of the most informative shows of the week. I talk with Brooks Hubbert, Barbara Zorn, and Scott Phillips about multiple questions that are asked in each of their classes. We cover everything from what internet browser is the best, to creating passwords, to what we can expect down the road from both groups…and let me tell you, there are some awesome things on the horizon!

Friday, September 1st: Tech Week Call In Show (410) 663-3013
That’s right, a call in show! We wanted to end the week by taking your questions or comments that may have popped into your head throughout the week. I can’t promise we will have all the answers, but we will definitely try our best to answer them or direct them to the right person.

So as you can see, it’s definitely a packed week! Make sure you watch each day, and call in with your questions on Friday–we would love to hear from you!

Remember, each show will be available the following day at

Renovations All Around

Aug18Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

If you’ve been in Town Center lately you’ve noticed major renovations happening upstairs, downstairs, right, left, and pretty much anywhere you look. But, did you know the TV Studio is also undergoing some renovations?

For those that have asked, we are not moving anywhere! We’re going to be in the same location, same equipment, same staff…but we are getting some new decor.

The wallpaper has been stripped and the walls have been painted beige and blue. Our green carpet is going to be more of a blueish green and we’re getting a new floor for our set! I can’t wait to see what it looks like on television.

Screen Shot 2017-08-18 at 10.49.33 AM.png                              The Control Room with the newly painted blue wall!

We also have new desks in the control room allowing for much more room when it comes to editing and taping shows. In fact, I have so much more space when writing this article!

Trust me when I say this has been quite an eventful process. I’m not one for clutter so I’ve been trying not to watch what is happening too closely because I know I’ll get super overwhelmed. I totally sympathize with what you are all going through with these renovations. But, it is fun to see how some color and new desks can totally change the entire look of the room and I’m so excited for everything to be done!

Sidenote: I’ve become really good at ripping wallpaper off, it’s actually really fun.

Screen Shot 2017-08-18 at 10.49.43 AM.png                               Part of the inside of the studio with another blue wall!

Feel free to come swing by the studio to check out our renovations! We’re really excited to see what the final product will look like next week!



Going the Distance


“Running allows me to set my mind free. Nothing seems impossible. Nothing unattainable.” — Kara Goucher, Olympic long-distance runner

The past few days have felt much cooler for the month of August which can only mean one thing; fall is near! And you know what that means; running season is upon us!

Exercising and eating healthy is a big focus of many Oak Crest residents and with the new fitness center scheduled to open in November, I can only imagine what is to come! Over the next few weeks Channel 973 will be airing some shows focusing on summer fitness and healthy eating so make sure to check the TV Guide for the listings.

As for me, this summer I feel like all I have been doing is sleeping, eating, and running. And I’m sure Catherine, Jeff, and Bob can say the same. When it comes to training for a race, your whole mindset changes and your schedule is dedicated to long runs, hill repeats, and speed workouts. You are tired 24/7 and you are hungry all.the.time.

This summer, I decided to join the Charm City Marathon training group to get in shape and cut down my time for my fall race. It’s really nice being able to run with others who share the same passion and get the time commitment aspect. It’s even better because on days when I feel lazy, that group holds me accountable. So I lace up my shoes and head out the door.

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Last year, I sat down with Jeff Getek and Bob Gralley to talk about the Baltimore Running Festival. To this day, it might be one of my favorite stories. Bob started running at the age of 45; marathons, half marathons, 5ks…he did it all. A few years ago, Bob and Jeff got to talking and Jeff said when he turns 45, if Bob is still running, he will run a half marathon with him.

Now, we all know Oak Crest is comprised of very special people…so of course, the “marathon man” was still running races at the age of 90, which meant Jeff had to live up to his promise and run a half marathon. An incredible experience for everyone, that will be repeated again this October!

Screen Shot 2017-08-10 at 11.59.08 AM.png                       (Jeff and Bob at the Baltimore Running Festival last October)

For our show this year, we’re adding a veteran into our group; the one and only Catherine Cohen. From marathons, to 50ks to 100 mile races, to winning a 72 hour race, (yes, you read that correctly) SEVENTY TWO HOURS OF RUNNING, she is definitely a book of knowledge when to comes to running. No matter what advice I need, she always has a detailed answer of what to do.

Catoctin.jpg                                       (Catherine after finishing the Catoctin 50k)

During the interview, we talk about healthy eating tips, how to stay on top of getting enough sleep, and training smart. We also talk about the races we’re running this fall and how our training process is going.

This shows airs on Channel 973 on Friday, August 18th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. You can also watch the show online the following day at

So remember “Run often. Run long. But never outrun your joy of running.” —Julie Isphording, former Olympic runner

20 Years and 6,600 Questions Later


The most anticipated trivia show is back for its 20th season!
That’s right, the big 2-0.

I remember when I first started here, I heard talk of this ever popular “Mind Over Memory” show and I had no idea what it was or how it worked. I figured it was just a little game show, where someone asks questions to a group of people. I quickly learned that this show was much more than that.

First, did you know we are the only Erickson community to put on such a show? Let alone we have continued to air this program for the past TWENTY YEARS?! Let that soak in—truly incredible.

If you have ever watched Mind Over Memory on Channel 973, you might compare it to Jeopardy, however there are a few differences. Instead of 3 people competing individually, there are two teams, made up of three players competing against each other. The team has one captain that gives the final answer, but another difference is they do not have to phrase the answer in any certain format, unlike Jeopardy.

The most obvious difference is that we don’t give away thousands of dollars to the winner…but wouldn’t that be nice?? Hey, this is Season 20 so who knows what could happen! Just kidding…

What is most impressive is how much work goes into planning this show. Resident David Cuneo spends countless hours looking up questions that are just hard enough for our residents to answer. To date, David has come up with more than 6,600 questions. Once he comes up with the questions for each game, he bring them down to the studio, where we type them up and put them on index cards for each host. Then we work on graphics, make sure the music fits, get our commercials ready to air and before we know it, it’s show time!

Another fearless leader and part of our group is resident Ilse Harrop. She spends many days (and nights) on the phone with residents making sure they know what is going on, whose team they are on, and when they are to show up at the studio. She also keeps track of all the scores for each team and is responsible for finding a replacement if a resident calls out the day of a taping. We definitely could not do the show without her help! And, she’s also one of the smartest residents I’ve come to meet.

Now since this is the 20th year, there will be special guests and special things happening throughout the season, so make sure you’re watching. The first episode will air on Thursday, August 24th at 11:30AM on Channel 973 with two more showings at 3:30PM and 10:30PM

So use these next few weeks to read up on some facts and study some trivia so you can play along at home!