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Generations at

With 46 years as a home and community for seniors, Spanish Cove is seeing second generations become residents. by Anne M. Richardson

After experiencing first hand the worry-free environment and the quality care given, these family members are following suit as Spanish Cove residents.


enowned for providing an active wellness-based lifestyle, Spanish Cove has won the hearts of many families. So much so that the community has seen a good number of children of residents become residents themselves. These second-generation residents shown on the cover and above are currently enjoying connections, activities and amenities at Spanish Cove. Located in Yukon just minutes from the Oklahoma City metro, most residents are not from Yukon. Oklahoma City native Elaine Riley became a resident after seeing how much her mother enjoyed life at Spanish Cove. "I'd seen many retirement communities in the metro area and knew this was the right place...the Life Care Continuing Care concept is really key. It assures a smooth transition from independent living to assisted living, then nursing care—all within the same community, relieving any concern about the type of care residents receive," Elaine said. Having her mother at the Cove also alleviated the stress that typically falls on the

children of an aging parent. Her mother's exceptional experience made Elaine sure this was the community for her. "After looking into long-term care insurance, I decided the only decision I needed to make was to place my name on the Waiting List at Spanish Cove," she said. Spanish Cove is in its 46th year of operation. The history and growth this community has seen is unmatched (read about the current expansion underway on pages 34 and 35). Residents of the community enjoy a variety of recreational, social and educational activities. Since Spanish Cove is a Life Care Continuing Care Retirement Community, residents have the added financial protection and worry-free benefit of all levels of care available at a reduced rate. Read more about what it means to be a Life Care Continuing Care Retirement Community on page 10 and 11.

A legacy continues—second generations love Spanish Cove! On the cover: (left to right) Mary Lynn and Scott Peters: Anna Belle Wiedemann; Helen and Bill Gillespie. Pictured above: (top to bottom) Ginny Jacobs; Marge and Jim Morton; Norma Stinchcomb; Edna and John Westemoreland; Enda Burroughs; Juanita Pigg; Leonard Paleck; Elaine Riley; Ollie and Peggy Foxhall. Read more about Spanish Cove on pages 10 & 11, 34 & 35. 6


The Renewed Youth at

Spanish Cove By Anne M. Richardson


panish Cove has a strong focus on creating opportunities for its residents to stay engaged and "rediscover their youth" through hobbies, teams, fitness, events, and more. One such activity is the Dragon Boat paddling team named "The Spanish Cove Golden Dragons," coordinated and created by Spanish Cove's Director of Wellness Debbie Miller, CPT, who has been with Spanish Cove for 28 years. Spanish Cove actually made Oklahoma history in 2012 with this being the first senior dragon boat paddling team in Oklahoma City! A senior division has now been created in OKC. The Cove's paddling team is comprised of seniors who are not afraid to try something new, and two of these team members are in their nineties. Civilla Ball, one of the members in her 90's, also participated in the weightlifting competition in the Oklahoma Senior Games. Civilla can leg press over 400 lbs., an impressive feat at any age! Activities and wellness programs are a key component offered for residents. In addition, Spanish Cove also plans programs, events, and trips which often mean

Spanish Cove’s award-winning Dragon Boat team.

traveling in style using the Cove's Motorcoach. Trips have included local outings like the "Discover Yukon" tour, trips to outlying areas like the Pioneer Woman's store in Pawhuska, even longer trips to Branson, Missouri, Colorado Springs, and many more. One way to get a feel for life at the Cove before making a move is to join their Spirit Club. This is an easy way to "test drive" the community by joining in on trips, attending classes on campus like tai chi, or special presentations on relevant topics. Spirit Club Members have priority to events. If they are planning to move to the Cove, they will also have priority if there is a waiting list for a certain preferred size or style of an apartment or cottage. There is no time limit on being in the Spirit Club, and many have found it a great way to learn about what Spanish Cove offers.

Activities abound on and off campus! The Travel Club and Spirit Club enjoy trips using The Spanish Cove Motorcoach. Spanish Cove is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, continuing care retirement community.


Call for a tour! 405.354.5906


If you haven't experienced being on a rowing team, joining a travel club, or competing in a weight lifting competition, then some of the residents of Spanish Cove will tell you it's never too late to start! N20...Never Too Old!

It's proven that being active and staying engaged keeps the mind and body healthier, longer. Spanish Cove has created a very unique group in which residents can brainstorm ideas for improving on products and services used by seniors. The purpose of "N2O" is to assist seniors to be able to live independently in their homes longer. "It's about innovation not invention, redesigning common items in a creative way for better use," says CEO, Don Blose, who was inspired to create the group at the Cove. The group identifies challenges of daily life then discusses how these might be improved. Prototypes are then constructed by student groups from Oklahoma State University, OU College of Engineering, and Canadian Valley Vo-Tech. This gives residents and students a chance to connect and engage with each other which is an enjoyable outcome for participants. One current project that Oklahoma State students are working on is a "hydro-snack", a snack which would hydrate & replenish needed electrolytes and vitamins. This would be most beneficial for people with

dementia, who oftentimes don't think of or recognize thirst which can lead to health issues. The N2O group proposed the hydro-snack because people will habitually reach for snacks in a bowl, giving people an alternative that may be easier to incorporate in their daily life. This is just one of the many ideas that might soon become a reality to improve the lives of an aging population. Beyond the successful product outcomes is a less tangible benefit­—creating an exciting opportunity for seniors to stay engaged and use their minds. Seniors are sometimes stereotyped as less productive or less useful. Seniors are in fact our most experienced community members, and include brilliant minds ready to contribute. N2O is a chance for members to trigger their imagination and creativity. "N2O is also the symbol for nitrous oxide, or laughing gas," Don pointed out. "This group is about having fun and there is definitely laughter, so we're going with that!" Read more about Spanish Cove's expansion and upcoming events on pages 34 and 35.

Join the Spirit Club —you don't have to be a resident to enjoy many of the Spanish Cove classes and activities! Spirit Club members get priority to events which fill up fast. Call Jill at (405) 354-5906 to sign up & join the fun!

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Planning Well to Age Well at Spanish Cove By Anne M. Richardson

Marketing Director Jill Huff meets with seniors who are interested in Phase II and life at the Cove.

Phase II will be a brand new Independent Living building north of the current Spanish Cove campus.

Voted ... BEST Retirement Community BEST Continuing Care Facility BEST Senior Living Facility 55+

What is a Life Care Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)? Spanish Cove is a Life Care CCRC which means they offer Independent Living with the availability of Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled and Long-Term Nursing Care, and Home Health Care for residents. In other words, Independent Living residents are guaranteed to have unlimited, on-site care for the rest of their lives. There is a monthly fee and an entry fee. The entry fee is essentially what reserves and guarantees each resident care for the rest of their life no matter what the future holds. Jill Huff, Marketing Director, explains, “It's like a form of long-term care insurance in a way. Over time, costs can average out to an inexpensive alternative to staying at home, especially if higher levels of care are used.” Higher levels of care such as assisted living, nursing care or memory care can become quite draining financially. Jill encourages people to make a plan before a crisis happens. She also frequently presents seminars such as, “How to Pay for Senior Living” which cover opportunities for savings such as Veteran benefits, Long-Term Care insurance or Native American benefits to name a few. Moving to a Life Care Retirement Community could make sense from a tax perspective because of the IRS’s provision which allows residents to deduct portions of monthly service fees and entrance fees in connection with Life Care residency. Selecting a Life Care contract can provide substantial “medical expense” deductions. It is important to note a person must move in to Spanish Cove at the Independent Living level. This ensures that community costs stay lower and residents are guaranteed the financial protection and superior care of a worry-free environment offered by the “Life Care Advantage.”

Continuing to Grow!

Expansion is underway! This summer, Spanish Cove's Phase I was completed

And Runner Up as BEST Assisted Living Center! 34



Spanish Cove always has exciting, unique events planned for residents as well as guests! Resident members of the Dragon Boat team enjoy rowing at the Oklahoma Boat Club!

by adding 23 more Assisted Living and Memory Care suites, 20 skilled nursing rooms, and two basements to be used as storm shelters. Phase II is in the works and offers a brand new Independent Living building with an underground parking garage, two new dining venues in the building, and a new state-of-the-art wellness center, along with beautiful common areas. Every apartment will have a balcony and personal storage. Currently, Spanish Cove has 217 Independent Living apartments and cottages. Phase II has a Priority List of soon-to-be residents, and already has reservations to fill over 50% of the new building! Priority List members are currently giving input on designs and plans. A fully refundable Priority Deposit of $1,000 will hold a potential resident's spot on the Priority Reservation List. Contingent upon completion and acceptance to Spanish Cove, this reservation will ensure:  Top choice of floor plans  Selection of amenities and finishes to the residence  Top choice of location

Education Seminars & Events Spanish Cove encourages its residents to be intellectually, spiritually and socially active as well as physically. There are many events planned each month at Spanish Cove, and guests are invited to join in along with residents. You can find a complete list of upcoming events by visiting For many, seeing is believing, so the best way to learn about Spanish Cove is to attend an event or schedule a tour. The staff welcomes you to meet them and residents on campus, and experience the Spanish Cove Spirit!

Sept 25: How To Pay for Senior Living Oct 3: Cannabis 101, Expert Panel Discussion on CBD & Medical Marijuana Oct 24: How to Pay for Senior Living Oct 26: Trunk or Treat Oct 30: Villages OKC & Spanish Cove present Your Brain on Chocolate For Halloween Nov. 15, 2019 & Jan 13, 2020: Decluttering Seminar Feb. 21, 28, March 6, 13, 2020: Brain Boot Camp Spirit Club trips to in-state and out of state locations occur frequently. Please check the website for more events!

Go to Spanish Cove's Facebook page or visit to register for any event, or get more information.

Learn more about the Priority List Benefits for Phase II Independent Living, or schedule a tour by calling Jill at (405) 354-5906.


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Spanish Cove - Featured in Oklahoma Senior Journal  

Generations of families have resided at Spanish Cove.... it is a 65-year old retirement village that is also a Life Care Continuing Care Con...

Spanish Cove - Featured in Oklahoma Senior Journal  

Generations of families have resided at Spanish Cove.... it is a 65-year old retirement village that is also a Life Care Continuing Care Con...


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