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Let Our Family Be Your Family. More than just companions, SYNERGY HomeCare caregivers are compassionate and help you or your loved one in daily life. by Anne M. Richardson

SYNERGY Hires the Best Caregivers

All SYNERGY caregivers are either a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or a Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA)—or both. CHHA’s must complete nearly 100 hours of training or more and pass a written exam. CNA’s must also complete state-approved training and an exam. SYNERGY Requires Continuing Caregiver Education

SYNERGY holds quarterly in-service training meetings with all of their staff, as well as one-on-one training sessions with every individual caregiver. By doing this, individual monthly training is targeted to helping the caregiver learn and improve in the specific needs of their current clients. For example, learning to care for a person with Alzheimer’s will be a need for some caregivers, but not all. This new approach to educating and training SYNERGY’s caregivers increases the quality of care provided. SYNERGY has a Strong Commitment to Caregivers

The commitment to caregivers translates to the highest quality care for clients. How? Since SYNERGY caregivers are employees, not contracted labor which is often the case, their employees are long-term, well-trained, reliable, and proud to be part of the SYNERGY team. SYNERGY offers health insurance benefits to their caregivers, along with personal time-off, life insurance, and dental insurance. SYNERGY Gives Comfort, Service and Peace of Mind Weama Kassem, CEO & owner of SYNERGY HomeCare

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you know you can have a caregiver stay overnight with a family member in the hospital when you can’t be there? Whatever the level of care needed, SYNERGY HomeCare offers MANY services that allow the family, the client, and healthcare professionals the chance to work together to ensure the most successful care plan. Some of the most common services of SYNERGY HomeCare include: • help with bathing, dressing and wheelchair transfers • meal planning and preparations • medication reminders • emotional support, social interaction • schedule-planning, encouragement for social activities, or light exercise • light housekeeping, linen changing • standby assistance with morning and evening routines • errands and incidental transportation

SYNERGY HomeCare is one of the largest providers for VA Benefits in the OKC metro area.

SYNERGY has become a leading non-medical provider of choice in the community for several home health and hospice companies. From a few hours to full time and with over 100 caregivers, the SYNERGY team stands ready to provide care at the level you need.

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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.

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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

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Letter from the Editor...

Established 1993

Well, it’s been 26 years since my own family needed to become family caregivers. Out of that experience, The Oklahoma Senior Journal (OSJ) was born. In addition to the magazine, we’re now going into our third year on air with The Rise & Thrive OSJ Radio Hour. The radio show airs every Saturday morning on KZLS, The Eagle, 1640AM, at 9:05 a.m., and again at 10:05 a.m. (We are the official network in our market for the Dave Ramsey Show.) Plus, the OSJ has now had an app for the last five years! (See page 9!) No other publication for the 50-Plus market can boost business like the OSJ. We are the first, original, and longest-running magazine for the 50-Plus and those who care for them. We are the experts! Before the OSJ, no local, trusted source existed to help guide you through this maze of aging well and with a plan. The OSJ answers all your questions. As the expert in our field, we are an established, valued, and proven resource for the 50-Plus and their adult children.

The OSJ Radio began July 2017

Because of our success, many have tried to copy us. But the sincere care for our clients, quality products, hard work, and amazing team we’ve put together can’t be duplicated.

We’ve also become the source for business-to-business connections for this important 50-Plus industry. That’s why we’re collaborating with Senior GuidePost (seniorguidepost.com.) Starting on page 40a, this issue adds a 32-page, business-tobusiness section to our regular business-to-consumer resources. All will help us serve this silver-haired tsunami! Be well; be strong in mind, body and spirit; and allow The Oklahoma Senior Journal magazine, radio, and app to light your path. Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength! Don't forget my section, "It's All About Pets and the People they OWN!"

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The Best Age Yet. INTEGRIS Senior Life Wellness Most of our adult lives tend to be defined by two ages: “growth & education” and “work & family.” But around your 50th birthday, you reach the dawn of a new age, one of purpose, enjoyment and fulfillment. It’s what we call The Third Age. INTEGRIS Senior Life Wellness is here to help you make the most of your Third Age, with enlightening seminars, topical discussions, challenging exercise courses, fulfilling volunteering opportunities and so much more. Learn more and get involved today at integrisok.com/seniorlifewellness.

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MAGAZINE, RADIO & APP We are the first (ORIGINAL) and longest-running 50-Plus publication in Oklahoma! We’re celebrating our 26th year in print. Each issue includes our special Pet Section, “It’s All About PETS ... and the People they Own!®”plus Senior Guide Post! Pick up a copy at any one of our 600+ locations across the OKC metro and a 60-mile outside the metro. Go to our website for our IT’S ALL ABOUT full distribution points. You can also read the new issue online! Go to OkSeniorJournal.com

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The Renewed Youth at

Spanish Cove By Anne M. Richardson

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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.

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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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ALSO SEE SERVICE DIRECTORY STARTING ON PAGE 88. All phone numbers are 405 area code unless stated otherwise. All web addresses begin with ‘www.’

Home Health Care & In-Home Companion Service Brookdale Home Health Care 341-4361 5600 N May, Ste 147, OKC 73112 brookdale.com, ad page 112 & inside back cover Care Plus Home Care 9828 NE 23rd St, OKC 73141 careplusATHOME.com, article page 32

769-2551

ComForCare Home Care 405-217-0706 Offices located in Edmond, Tecumseh and Oklahoma City ComForCare.com/OKC/Tecumseh/Edmond Locally Owned and Operated; Available 24/7, insert page 56

Complete Home Health 1230 SW 89th St, OKC 73139 completeok.com, ad pages 83 & 91 Complete Home Health & Hospice 5705 E 71st, Tulsa 74136 completeok.com, ad pages 83 & 91 EnTrust Home Health Care 5104 N Francis Ave, Ste 100, OKC 73118

879-3470 918-477-9080 778-6270

Home Care Assistance 285-4191 323 S Blackwelder Ave, Edmond 73034 HomeCareAssistanceOklahoma.com, ad page 92 & 109 Home Instead Senior Care 3844 N MacArthur, Warr Acres 73122 HomeInstead.com/okc Interim HealthCare 3613 NW 56th St, Ste 385, OKC 73112 interimhealthcare.com/oklahomacity #noplacelikehome

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Senior Helpers 608-4339 The Collonade, 9636 N May Ave, Ste 274, OKC 73120 seniorhelpers.com, ad pages 15 & 92 SYNERGY HomeCare 13720 N. Bryant Ave., Edmond, OK 73013 SYNERGYHomeCareOKC.com article pages 4 & 5 and back cover

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Hospice Care Complete Hospice Care 1230 SW 89th St, OKC 73139 completeok.com, ad pages 83 & 91

Complete Home Health & Hospice 5705 E 71st, Tulsa 74136 completeok.com, ad pages 83 & 91

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Faith Hospice Care 921 NW 164th Street, Suite B, Edmond 73013 faithhospice.com, ad pages 91 & 102

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Interim HealthCare 3613 NW 56th St, Ste 385, OKC 73112 interimhealthcare.com/oklahomacity #noplacelikehome

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Physician’s Choice Hospice 888-819-2119 14324 N. Western Ave., Edmond 73013 936-9433 111 W. 1st St., Chandler 74834 258-5858 physicianschoicehospice.com article page 84, ad page 91 & (Pet Section) ad page 74 Valir Health & Hospice 609-3636 and the HosPets Therapy Program 800 NW 6th Street OKC, OK 73106 valir.com, see ad page 92

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Active Adult, Retirement, Assisted Living & Memory Care ALSO SEE SERVICE DIRECTORY STARTING ON PAGE 88. All phone numbers are 405 area code unless stated otherwise. All web addresses begin with ‘www.’

Autumn House Senior Living Active Adult Senior Living, since 1981 500 Adair Blvd., Midwest City, OK 73110

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Rivermont Assisted Living and Memory Care 360-6056 750 S. Canadian Trails Dr, Norman 73072 legendseniorliving.com, ad page 88 & 94

Autumn Leaves of Edmond 1001 S. Bryant Ave., Edmond, OK 73034 autumnleaves.com/communities/edmond

341-1450

Rivermont Independent Living 800 S. Canadian Trails Dr, Norman 73072 legendseniorliving.com, ad page 88 & 94

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Belfair of Shawnee A Memory Care Residence 1723 N. Airport Dr, Shawnee, OK 74804 belfairofshawnee.com, ad page 94

275-1199

Saint Ann Retirement Center Grand Theater & Beautiful St. Joachim Chapel 7501 W Britton Rd, OKC 73132 saintannretirementcenter.com

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Brookdale Senior Living 855-350-3800 Bethany, Chickasha, Edmond, OKC, Norman & Shawnee Call One of the Seven Brookdale Location Near You! brookdale.com, ad page 112 & inside back cover

Savannah House of Lawton Apts 580-357-2900 Independent Senior Apartment Communities, age 62-Plus 2720 SW J Ave, Lawton, ad page 1 savannahhouseoflawtonapthomes.com

Clayton Westlake Independent Senior 463-0978 Residences, 14721 N. Santa Fe Ave., Edmond 73013 Open daily for tours! claytonwestlake.com

Sommerset Neighborhood Assisted Living and Memory Care 1601 SW 119th St, OKC 73170 sommersetassistedliving.com, ad pages 22 & 89

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COMPASS Senior Living Solutions 308-6433 A FREE Placement Agency in OKC SeniorLivingSolutionsOK.com, article page 36, ad page 97

Southern Plaza Retirement Community

440-1100

Concordia Life Plan Community 252-9369 7707 W Britton Rd, OKC 73132 ConcordiaSeniorLiving.com, article page 98 & ad page 88

3737 N College Ave, Bethany 73008 southernplaza.net

East Oaks Village Independent Senior Apartment Communities 2121 N Post Rd, MWC 73141, ad page 1

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Embark at Statesman Club 775-9009 Independent Senior Living, embarkseniorliving.com 10401 Vineyard Blvd. OKC 73120 (Pet Section) pet cover page 72a, article pages 76 & 77 HarborChase of South OKC Assisted Living & Memory Care 10801 S May Ave, OKC 73170 harborchase.com, ad page 86

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Home Care Assistance 285-4191 323 S Blackwelder Ave, Edmond 73034 HomeCareAssistanceOklahoma.com, ad pages 92 & 109 Larkspur Village Apartments Independent Senior Living Communities 1511 Larkspur Ln, Durant 74701 age 62-Plus, ad page 1

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Independent, Assisted Living & Memory Care in a Christian Environment

Spanish Cove Retirement Village 11 Palm Ave, Yukon 73099 spanishcove.com, Since 1974 front cover, article pages 6, 10, 11, 34 & 35 StoneCreek Assisted Living & Memory Care 17701 N. Western Ave., Edmond, OK 73012 stonecreekedmond.com, (Pet Section) ad page 73

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Superbia Retirement Village 721-5656 Independent Living for Seniors 55+ and Disabled Living 9720 Stacy Ct, OKC 73162, ad page 99

SYNERGY HomeCare 13720 N. Bryant Ave., Edmond, OK 73013 SYNERGYHomeCareOKC.com article pages 4 & 5 and back cover

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Tealridge Retirement Community 347-8381 2100 NE 140th Street (independent) 2200 NE 140th St (assisted & memory) Edmond 73013 ad page 106

LEGEND at Jefferson’s Garden 15401 N. Pennsylvania Ave, Edmond 73013 legendseniorliving.com, ad page 88 & 94

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LEGEND at Council Road 11320 N. Council Rd, OKC 73162 legendseniorliving.com, ad page 88 & 94

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LEGEND Assisted Living at Rivendell 13200 S May Ave, OKC 73170 legendseniorliving.com, ad page 88 & 94

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Villagio at Bradford Village 254-0057 300 Enz Drive, Edmond 73034 VillagioLiving.com, inside front cover, ad pages 2, 3 & 89

LEGEND Memory Care at Rivendell 2800 SW 131st St, OKC 73170 legendseniorliving.com, ad page 88 & 94

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Villagio of Oklahoma City 254-0477 14300 N Portland Ave, OKC 73134 VillagioLiving.com, inside front cover, ad pages 2, 3 & 89

The Residence at Yukon Hills 105 E. Bass Ave. Yukon OK 73099 SELDIN.com

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The Villas of Benedictine Pointe 2000 W Warner, Guthrie 73044 belmontmgt.com, ad page 82 & 92

Temple Gardens Apartments Independent Senior Living Communities 1515 NE 48th St, OKC 73111 age 62-Plus, ad page 1

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Bill Veazey’s Rehab & Home Equipment 843-8886 Like us on Facebook @Bill Veazey’s Rehab & HomeCare 3020 NW 63rd Street OKC, OK 73116, ad page 33 Brain & Eye Connection Vision Clinic 703-3163 Carolanne H. Roach, OD 1530 SW 89th St, Ste D2 OKC 73159 BrainAndEyeConnection.com, article page 27 Choctaw Women’s Clinic 620-0049 Sara Botchlet, APRN-CNP 14890 SE 29th St, Ste 106, Choctaw 73020 ChoctawWomensClinic.com, article page 23 Cox Homelife Care Medical Alert System cox.com/homelifecare, ad pages 16 & 93

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Chef Jason Jones talks about the bistro dining options and offbeat setting of The Lobby Cafe & Bar. ucked away in—you guessed it— the lobby of the iconic Will Rogers Theatre on N. Western Avenue, The Lobby Cafe & Bar brings light dining and a unique selection of wine and cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere. Decorated in an Art Deco style with etched glass architecture and lush textures, it is truly a one of a kind bistro and wine bar. Usually on Wednesdays and Saturdays, you can enjoy live music.

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The Western Concepts Restaurant Group operates several other popular local dining venues: Sushi Neko, Musashi’s, The Tasting Room, and The Hutch. In fact, when dining at The Lobby, you have the option to order from Sushi Neko’s menu, too, since they are within the same building. The Tasting Room is also a part of the Theatre, and this is where Chef Jason offers monthly cooking demos. These are a four-course cooking demonstration/ dinner with wine pairings. Reservations are required as it is very limited seating. Go to their website at westernconceptsdining.com to view The Tasting Room calendar, make reservations, and view The Lobby’s upcoming local musicians.

Jason Jones is the Executive Chef for The Lobby Cafe & Bar, Sushi Neko, and The Tasting Room. All three are part of the Western Concepts restaurant group along with Musashi’s and The Hutch. at the Saturday BruncH LOBBY

If you are looking for something new, unique, and delicious, try The Lobby’s Saturday Brunch from 11a.m. - 2 p.m. Above are a few previous menu offerings; on the left is Wheatberry French Toast with Macerated Berries, CinnamonVanilla Butter & Vermont Maple Syrup. On the right is one of Chef Jason’s inspired masterpieces, the BourbonMaple-Bacon Cinnamon Roll—it’s the size of a dinner plate! The menu changes frequently so there is always something new to try, along with drink specials like Mimosas, Bloody Mary's, or Fuzzy Navels. Visit the Facebook page “The Lobby Cafe and Bar” to see the latest menu.

For a casual dining experience of sandwiches, soups, sliders, sushi or a delicious dessert with cocktail, visit The Lobby, it might be your new hideaway. 4318 N. Western Ave., OKC in the Will Rogers Theatre

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What is regenerative medicine and how can it speed recovery? Regenerative cellular tissue and stem cell therapy is rapidly becoming the answer to many agerelated issues...but is it right for you? By Anne M. Richardson

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s we age, the natural ability of our stem cells to renew and restore diminishes, and our natural cells are far less effective than they were when we were young. You may have noticed your injuries don't heal as quickly as when you were a kid. Regenerative medicine is a booming area of growth in medicine as more people are finding relief for injuries and chronic pain using this natural solution rather than pharmaceuticals. The results can mean a speedier recovery and easier transition back to normal life. Regenerative medicine is the process of restoring normal function of the body by introducing new, young, healthy tissue containing stem cells. Our aging stem cells are a significant factor in many age-related illnesses and are greatly responsible for: • Cartilage damage and degenerative knees, hips, and backs • Problems with tendons, ligaments, discs • Hair loss • Muscular degeneration • Foot pain or numbness and more How does regenerative medicine work with other therapies? Other services such as physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, or IV therapy can all help add to the benefits of such treatments because regenerative medicine, while amazing, is not a magic bullet. A comprehensive plan that includes other select services in conjunction with this treatment will give more effective results for patients. Finding the right plan of action is the key to an effective, speedy recovery from injury or illness. Physical Medicine of Oklahoma

is a clinic based in the Oklahoma City metro that has helped countless patients get relief from both chronic and acute pain and return to their daily routine. Numerous treatment options, including regenerative medicine treatments, are available at the clinic. Physical Medicine of Oklahoma often sees new patients who have reached their limit on taking pain relievers to mask the pain and are ready to address their pain and actually heal their body, The clinic has a highly-skilled team who is trained to provide a wide range of services to patients suffering from injuries or illnesses affecting the way they move and feel. Patients may seek treatment for any disability, disease or illness that has impaired the performance of their muscles, bones and joints. The clinic's state-of-the-art practices and knowledgeable team help each individual patient through their journey to well-being, with the goal of restoring balance and preventing surgery. If you are interested in learning more about regenerative medicine or the other services to alleviate your suffering, you can arrange for a free appointment with one of the doctors at Physical Medicine of Oklahoma to find out which treatment option is best suited to relieve your pain.

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By Megan Nye Donations appreciated! f you ask any vendor in the craft fair community, the most desired shows to partake in have large crowds, low booth rent, massive advertising and compassionate coordinators. This is exactly what the foundation of The Santa Market was modeled after.

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Unhappy with the show choices available, Joan Clarke and Molly Nye decided to start a show of their own. Along with fellow coordinator Megan Nye, they found a few vendors, rented a banquet room at a local hotel, and The Santa Market was born. That one-room show has grown into one of the largest craft shows in the metro. Each year, the show has added more vendors, expanded in location and has increased in attendance. By the third year, Molly, Joan and Megan decided that the amount of year-round work that goes into the show should benefit a cause very close to them. Joan’s husband and Megan’s father, Russ, passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2007. Molly suggested they make The Santa Market a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association of Oklahoma. In the seven years since, the show has raised over $93,000.00 for Alzheimer’s. It is a Gold Level Sponsor of the OKC Walk to End Alzheimer’s and in 2015, The Santa Market received the Channel 4 Pay It Forward Award. In 2019, The Santa Market, Inc. was formed and is now a certified 501 c-3. The Santa Market is always the Saturday before Thanksgiving and is one of the best holiday shopping events of the year. This year it will be held at the OKC State Fair Park, Pavilion Building. While it is three ladies who work tirelessly to run The Santa Market, it could not be done without all the help of the quality vendors, loyal customers, volunteers, sponsors and donors. The organizers call it The Santa Market Family, and we hope you will be a part of it.

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This Oklahoma City Business is a Proven Advocate for Seniors—Smooth Finish Roofing & Construction When Dennis Helm was young, he was in a family with a lot of problems. They had very little money to start with, and then his parents divorced. As the oldest child left at home at the time, Dennis felt responsible— but mostly very vulnerable. He watched his exhausted and stressed-out mom work two to three jobs at a time to try to keep her family afloat. He was always afraid someone was going to take advantage of her and their shaky financial state. Dennis remembers praying that his family would find people to trust when they needed help. Because of this time in his life, Dennis says that something became burned into him—a strong desire to help people. And he now strives to do this with his company, Smooth Finish Roofing & Construction. Advocating for seniors Unfortunately, unscrupulous scammers often take advantage of seniors. Dennis has become an advocate for seniors with Smooth Finish—and you can see the proven commitment he has to the senior community. He’s an industry partner and a member of OKALA (Oklahoma Assisted Living Association). He’s also a trusted industry partner with several senior organizations: The Oklahoma Senior Journal, Senior GuidePost, and The VillagesOKC.

other Oklahomans for over 32 years. They are fully insured, registered with the state of Oklahoma (CIB Lic. #0242), and hold Construction licenses in the state and the City of Oklahoma City (OKC Lic. #13705). Let Smooth Finish help you with roofing and more! Smooth Finish can help seniors stay in their home when they want to age in place. Or, they can help clients get their home ready to sell when they’re moving to a senior living center. (See our ad on page 49.) Also, they do much more than roofing. They offer free inspections, consultations, and estimates in water, fire, and storm damage. They also do guttering, siding, garage doors, fencing, painting, and more. Call Dennis on his personal cell (405-923-5127) and he’ll do everything he can to help you! “I truly believe we're here to help each other. There's something strong inside of me that always wants to take the time and make the effort to help people.” — Dennis Helm

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As we age, our changes in health and hormones can sometimes become chaotic, fighting against us—holding us back. Sara Botchlet, APRN-CNP

is a natural part of life that includes physical changes like wrinkles, graying hair, etc. But aging can also mean a decline or imbalance in physiological factors such as hormones... these changes can affect our mood, energy level and outlook on life.

Three ways a woman’s body changes around the age of 50. 1. You’ve hit menopause.

Expect to experience symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, low libido, and fatigue. Sleep disruptions are more likely to occur after menopause, thanks to fluctuating hormone levels.

2. Your emotions are all over the map. As your hormone levels fluctuate during menopause, your mood may be affected. It’s not uncommon for women going through menopause to feel depressed and have mood swings from happiness to teary lows.

3. Weight loss is more difficult. Weight gain is easy! Hormonal changes cause the metabolism to slow and the body to use starches and blood sugar less effectively.

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We live in the Information Age. While this is helpful in many ways, it can also be problematic when researching legal advice that directly affects you or your family’s future. Donna J. Jackson & Associates, PLLC is a law firm specializing in elder law. Donna J. Jackson is a nationallyrecognized attorney, speaker and educator in estate planning. Ms. Jackson is a CPA and holds a Masters Degree (L.L.M.) in Elder Law. With over 30 years of legal experience, she mostly practices in estate planning with an emphasis on: • Medicaid, Medicare & Social Security • Veteran benefits & asset protection • Trusts, durable power of attorneys, and living wills • Special needs planning Donna’s practice also includes taxes, probates, and business organizations. Donna works closely with each client to customize services and meet their needs. She has helped many clients sort out complex family and financial situations, but the best advice Donna gives is to come in for a consultation before there is a crisis at hand. “Planning in advance and preparing for the future ups and downs can save countless hours and dollars later,” she explains. 24

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Good Ideas May Have Bad Results Adding adult children to your real estate as a Joint Tenant with Right of Survivorship (JTWROS) can have unexpected outcomes. By Kathy Wallis, Attorney at Law

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elying on the advice of family or friends, or even an article they have read, people often self-plan their estate. What may have sounded like a good idea at the time can easily end up with bad (and unexpected) results. One such idea we see all too often is adding a child or children to your real estate as a joint tenant with right of survivorship ( JTWROS). Including your adult children on a JTWROS deed may be beneficial by potentially avoiding probate at the time of your death. However, it can also end badly. The primary concern is that legally the property is no longer yours to do with as you please. You are now a joint owner with your children, meaning they have rights to the property too. • If one of the named children dies before you and you don’t update the deed, the surviving child/children own all of the property, excluding the deceased child’s children. • If none of the children survive you, the JTWROS deed accomplishes nothing and your estate will need to be probated.

• If a child becomes incapacitated, it may be necessary to have a guardianship proceeding to be able to sell or mortgage the real estate that is subject to the JTWROS deed. • If a child is involved in a divorce, the spouse may try to claim ownership to the property as a marital asset.

• As an asset of the child, the child’s creditors can make claims or file liens against the property.

As you can see, there is a lot more to consider than simply the attempt to avoid probate, and such a transfer should not be done without the advice of a knowledgeable attorney. A revocable trust is an alternative way to avoid probate and alleviate the risks outlined above. A trust can also manage the transfer of assets other than real property and, in most instances, is less costly than probate. For great ideas with great results, contact us today and learn more. You will be glad you did.

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Becky Ivins knows that moving from a lifelong home to a more manageable residence can be confusing and stressful for older adults. That’s why the longtime Oklahoma City Realtor has developed a program that specializes in making the move smoother.

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Ivins calls the program “Seniors on the Move.” “I have a great resource for almost anything a client would need,” Ivins said. “We work with people who can walk through everything with our clients very patiently. Patience is very important when working with older adults.” Her team at Movers Real Estate works with vendors to provide all the services a downsizing client would need – from home repairs, to staging, cleaning, estate sales, legal matters, sorting, packing, and moving. “Most people don’t know what to do with their ‘stuff.’ They want to keep it all, but they just can’t keep everything as they downsize and move into a smaller space,” Ivins said. “I take them from whatever position they are in and am able to coordinate with my trusted partners.” One of those partners is Shelley Chappell, owner of Clutter Free, which offers cleaning and organizing. Shelley states, “Becky and her team are so wonderful and pleasant to work with. I have the utmost admiration for them. They are fast; they are effective, and they care. They treat their business partners like family.” Ivins began selling real estate in 1977. In 1979, she started her own brokerage, Movers Real Estate. One of a very few who have earned the Certified Senior Housing Professional designation, she is active in coaching other real estate agents. Since 2006, Ivins has hosted a live radio talk show, Oklahoma Real Estate On The Move, on KTOK News Radio 1000 every Saturday morning at 8:05 a.m. Ivins has been endorsed by national figures Barbara Corcoran (of the TV show “Shark Tank”), Dave Ramsey, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity.

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Care Plus Home Care’s team is bursting said, “everyone appreciates us bringing with pride this year as they celebrate their them a birthday cake.” Kristi and Nancy 25th anniversary! It is through the hard have traveled to lots of towns to deliver work of a very dedicated team caring for cakes. Their offices are in Oklahoma seniors that it has grown over the years. City but they currently serve roughly As the one of the oldest Oklahoma 80 clients, mostly in Oklahoma City, home care agencies, Care Plus Midwest City, Choctaw and Care Plus Home Care is a family-owned surrounding areas including and operated business. This Home Care is a Norman and Edmond. family-owned, allows them flexibility and a Kristi says it’s always been licensed, private a passion of her family to personal touch that corporateowned companies may not duty home care help seniors. “When a person agency that have. Care Plus provides an calls, looking for care, I am wants to help alternative for seniors needing the one that will take that individuals and some extra help with daily call. I visit with the families couples stay living who want to stay in the if possible, and find out how home and stay comfort of their own home. we can help. That’s just what well! Kristi Brewer-Campbell, you should do.” President and CEO, says she Care Plus Home Care feels like their long-standing success is due offers services from 24 hours a day to the heart-felt connections her family to just four hours per visit. The most and staff have with clients. The main common services include assistance goal is always to make sure their clients with personal care, companionship, and caregivers are happy! Kristi and her meal preparation, light housekeeping, mother, Nancy Brewer, started in business running errands, medication reminders together in 1993. A few years back, Nancy and help with bathing and hygiene. They began baking birthday cakes for each also provide respite care for caregivers client and delivering them to their home. who need a break. Call them today with It’s a gesture that is so appreciated by each any questions. client. “It really brightens their day,” Kristi Celebrating 25 Years! 9828 NE 23rd Street, Okla. City, OK 73141

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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.

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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.”

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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 spanishcove.com/events. 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 spanishcove.com/events 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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in SENIOR LIVING A Series by Senior GuidePost From ‘Drive-By’ to ‘Internet Lead,’ the Dramatic Change in Marketing in Senior Living – Volume 1

I’m not sure exactly when things changed, but looking back today at a dramatic shift in the industry, it is obvious that things did change. Speaking on behalf of a company that was too slow in understanding the gravity of this change, I understand only too well that the impact on those communities that were left behind has been great.

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As recently as a few years ago, our primary source of lead traffic was ‘driveby,’ and it had been for decades. In some communities, as much as 90% of our leads ‘have been driving by for years, and now mom is needing some help, and we thought we would stop by and learn more.’ This long-standing fact was like Newton's Law of Gravity. This made life in senior living simple, and manageable. The corporate management team had to be focused on the first impression that each community presented to a cold customer walking into the community, and as long as that was a positive experience, a marketing director with disciplined follow up processes would have success in maintaining a strong occupancy.

Even with this weaker reputation, they seemed to be filling faster and performing better than our established communities with stable teams and quality care. In 2017 we began to figure out the single variable that differentiated this cycle from those that we had fought through in the past… the internet. Not only was it the internet itself, but it was the ability for those well-funded communities to navigate it as a true tool for their marketing efforts. We had a good website that had been up for years with newsletters, menus and floorplans to share our amenities with the industry. On its surface it was no different than the ones for the new buildings, but digging deeper, we came to realize that there was a huge difference, that we didn’t appreciate at the time, but we certainly do now. These well-funded new buildings had a team of people that manage more than just their sites by optimizing their presence in search engine results (which is critical), they also methodically pushed social media messaging, monitored review sites for reputation risks, solicited (and sometimes paid for) online reviews, and truly engaged with their audience by providing truly beneficial content and building an emotional connection with their brand. This happened well before someone even considered walking through the front door for the first time. We were still baking Otis Spunkmeyer cookies, while they were cultivating relationships with future customers and their families in their homes, on their phones and in their hearts. In this series of articles, we will evaluate what has happened in the senior living industry with regard to marketing over the last 5 years, where we are currently and some ideas on the future of senior living marketing.

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Regardless of whether you are the CEO of the company, a direct resident care team member or a maintenance director, you have a chance every day to impact many lives. By sitting for five extra minutes to ask a resident about their day, ask a family member if there is something you can do to help them when they come to your community or ask a fellow team member how their day is going, you are taking that extra step to recalibrate towards service.

Recalibrate to your role as a Servant. With the new year approaching it is time to evaluate the opportunity that we, in the senior living industry, have that very few others have. Regardless of your specific role in the industry, we all have a way that we can serve. This opportunity is unique compared to other businesses because we serve such a variety of people. Between residents, families and community employees, we serve an infinite profile of demographics. Included within these groups are people of all ages, races, backgrounds, pasts and futures. There are other industries that serve large and diverse groups, but unique to senior living is the fact that not only is the universe is large but many of these people we will serve for the rest of their lives. It isn’t a day, a week or a month of service, but, if we are doing our jobs right, forever. In this annual time of reflection, it has occurred to me that the distractions of my job have kept me from being fully focused daily on this great blessing of being a servant. The purpose of this article is to personally think through the opportunity that I have to recalibrate towards serving others.

Like many other efforts in our lives, being a servant takes practice. It takes a focused mindset and daily intent. Historically, when I have undergone this effort, I have to build a habit that centers daily activities around servanthood. These habits usually are best to build at home, intending for their lessons to extend to work. I set the alarm clock a few minutes earlier to make my kids a hot breakfast instead of a bowl of cereal. When I get home from work, I make sure to wash whatever dishes are in the sink. On the weekend, I take my wife’s car to fill it with gas and vacuum the floors. I like to start these habits at home because it sure is great how much easier the rest of my life is when my family is happy. They see me serving them, and they go out and serve others. I submit that a great way to get started is with a 2019 New Year’s Resolution. Resolve to do one act of service every day for the first week. The second week, add a second act of service, and for each subsequent week, add another act. Take two minutes at the end of each day to write down what you did for someone else that day. Not only will you begin to build the habit of service, but you will be more mindful of how you serve. An ancillary benefit, that may be the best outcome, is that someone else feels better because you have served, and they may go out and serve someone as well. Your small act could change the lives of everyone in your senior living community, and change your piece of the world as well.

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THE STATE OF THE INDUSTRY An Assisted Living Owner/Operator’s thoughts on the State of the Industry. It is widely reported that occupancy levels are at recent lows, and owners/ operators have been feeling the pressure for years. These trends are more acute in certain geographies but with very few exceptions, there is certainly a degree of census softness across the country. How did the industry get here, and what can be done about it are two very different questions, with the later having very few answers. It is important to note the next few paragraphs are just the observations of one owner/operator, based on his experience. They are not intended to be reflective of the entire market or of all segments of the seniors housing industry.

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rates, and low cost of capital to individual and institutional investors alike has resulted in years of new supply pouring into the market. These investors have long-term time horizons, and their patience and low return requirements have resulted in dramatic overbuilding in many cities across the country. Some markets are absorbing these new units, but others remain in a state of continued construction.

The face of assisted living has changed

What, if anything, can a provider do about it? Assisted living is faced with significant challenges, for which there are few short-term solutions. No single action, for sure, can solve a communities’ concerns, nor can providers sit back and wait for the demographic trends to solve local absorption issues. In the meantime, providers should be focused on: •

What is less obvious to new participants to the industry is that acuity levels have been steadily rising in the assisted living space over the last decade. In part, recession of 2008 can be pointed to as the catalyst of this acuity shift, which changed the face of assisted living. The result of potential residents delaying their move to assisted living because of difficulty selling their homes, was that when they did come to the industry, they were further along in their disease states than they have ever been. Although we expected this concern to be resolved through a rebound in the overall economy, it did not. Since then, the industry’s image is now one of older seniors, with more health concerns, perpetuating the advance of acuity levels in the segment. The once active community with vibrant residents looking for companionship has turned into a community of seniors with deeper care needs that are moving because of necessity rather than a lifestyle choice. The result of the impact of the 2008 recession is dra matically shorter average length of stay, which combined with overbuilding in most markets, results in operators running twice as hard to remain in place.

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neither of these, although the impact of both of these exacerbates what is likely the biggest concern to daily operations of senior living providers. Finding qualified and passionate team members is likely the concern that most frequently keeps owner/operators up at night. The industry is full of participants that are passionate about residents and improving the quality of care in their communities, but building and retaining a motivated work force can be considered the greatest challenge in the industry, especially because census concerns and subsequent rate compression make it more difficult to provide salaries and benefits to associates that deserve improving compensation.

Even in the face of dramatically increasing competition and shorter length of stays, the greatest of the challenges in the assisted living industry is likely to be

Building relationships. Seeking new ideas from a variety of outsiders who know senior living. There are a variety of companies that serve the industry that have seen innovative approaches result in successful efforts within the community. Creating meaningful dialogue with these qualified industry professionals to build a true team approach can help you to ‘look up’ from the weeds of your business and see what opportunities might exist to drive change. Re-calibrate to focus on your passion. You got into the industry to help people. Although key business functions are important, taking a step back and motivating team members to provide the absolute best care for your residents will help your community to re-prioritize. I believe that a great and caring community will eventually break through, and census will follow. With reckless abandon, celebrate the incredible things that you and your team do for your residents. Create an environment that is supportive of your employees. Assuming you provide a base level of compensation and benefits, creating a working environment in which your team is supported in their mission, celebrated for their passion, and coached to improve quality of care and teamwork will help your community to build a reputation of being the best place to work in the industry. You are searching for the best of the best of those that care for seniors, and it is a competitive environment. Creating core values, evaluating your team based on these values, and promoting those that fit your values will naturally build a team of people that share a common bond that is ultimately defined by community leadership.

At the end of the day, there are market forces at work that have a high degree of impact on the success of owner/operators in the business. For sure, it will get better, and positioning your community to come out of this state of hyper competition is key to survival.


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Anonymous submission from Senior Community owner operator I just bought my first online review, and I feel dirty. Most days, I am extremely proud of our team. These are the days that I am helping serve dinner in a community and I see the love and care that are provided to our residents. The days when I spot a CNA sitting outside with a resident in a wheelchair singing to celebrate a sunny day, fills my soul. We care for hundreds of residents across multiple states, and I know that our hearts are there, our execution is good, and our team is committed… because I see it with my own eyes. Then, when driving home after a day filled with passion, a notification flashes on my phone from the Google ‘My Business’ application. It says, ‘you received a 1-star review,’ and my heart sinks. After investigating with our team, I remain confident in how we worked with the family for months and went well beyond the call of duty to serve with compassion and understanding. Yet, a granddaughter, who rarely (if ever) visited her grandmother in one of our memory care communities, posts a scathing review that lives within our community’s digital footprint forever. Although, giving power to the consumer is a wonderful advancement in justice provided by the internet, the pendulum has swung. Senior communities across the world are being vilified with no reasonable way to respond, as a response to a negative online post can be so delicate that most of us choose to ‘let it go.’ The anonymity of the internet can lead to unfair

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or potentially even slanderous reviews, but the business has no recourse. Not only is there incredible fear in responding online, but circumstances can be so complex, not to mention confidential, that a senior living community is compelled to stand down from defending themselves. Our business has logged millions of resident days filled with love, warmth and true depth, and a single, mostly anonymous review, sometimes posted by a competitor, can crush the spirits of those that truly care for their residents. My first reaction is to FIGHT, and fight with vigor. I have personally pounded out dozens of responses, each intended to share the truth, defend our team, and restore honor to our community. Each time, I delete them, and instead post ‘We would love to talk about your concerns. Please reach out to us directly at… ‘ They never reach out. The best resources in history are created out of necessity. Senior GuidePost, a subsidiary of the GuidePost Networks, was created by a group of industry professionals who were tired of wasting time every time they needed to locate a resource. Senior GuidePost is an industry-specific network for the senior housing industry. Our mission is to provide everyone in the industry a place to find the right resource for whatever they need. This is done with the hope of saving you time and frustration to allow you to make the very best decisions for your community. With endorsements from actual users, you can trust Senior GuidePost to present you with the best, most reputable businesses in your area.


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HAVE A UNIQUE SELLING PROPOSITION Do you have a Unique Selling Proposition? What is that, you ask? A Unique Selling Proposition– or a well-defined Market Differentiator- is a simple, concise statement of how you are different from your competitors and how this benefits residents, patients, clients, and family members.

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You can present your unique pricing structure, speak to your better service, specific amenities, or your higher quality community. It might be that your community is exceptionally clean or has a holistic approach. Residents, patients, clients, and family members may be interested in your distinct personality, reputation, location or legacy. Extras such as move-in assistance, personalized service, personalization opportunities, or discounts may distinguish you from others- use it.

So, what DOES distinguish you from other communities? Here are some steps to help you identify and define YOUR Unique Selling Proposition. (We recommend you treat this as an official exercise and write down your answers for each step.) 1. 2.

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Look at yourself first. What is it that you do differently and better than your competitors? Take inventory of your Competitors. Conduct a comprehensive Competitive Assessment so you can look at the facts of how you’re different. If you have a broad offering, focus on distinguishing one or two niche areas.

Focus on what is special, unusual or significant about your community. Analyze your residents, patients, clients, and family members. Look at their demographics and determine exactly what causes them to move to your Community or choose your service. What do residents, patients, clients, and family members seek from what you are offering? What benefits do residents, patients, clients, and family members gain from choosing your Community or service? Assess the market potential of your Unique Selling Proposition in terms of the number of seniors or family members it reaches and speaks to.

Once you’ve completed the above exercise, write down a few possible Unique Selling Propositions and choose the one that best describes you and your community.

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Murdock is a performance improvement consulting firm based in Oklahoma City. We’ve helped more than 200 communities in 38 states by providing strategic planning, sales and marketing consulting, advertising and branding services. In our continuing effort to provide useful content to users, and to recognize qualified providers to the senior living industry, Senior GuidePost will post content built by third party business users to the Knowledge Center, as often times, the most relevant experience on a certain topic may be from a service provider to the industry. The following was provided by Murdock Strategies, a national business user of Senior GuidePost.


Staffing, the Workplace Environment and Employee Retention on Thanksgiving, the Senior GuidePost team gathered to focus on the people for which the team is very thankful, the employees within the senior communities that we own, operate and manage. In many cases, direct care staff earn a modest wage and are expected to live and work with passion, and most do an exceptional job, especially taking into account their personal circumstances. One member of the GuidePost management team recounted a story of a very highly thought of CNA that, after more than a year of work, management discovered that they rode the bus almost two hours each way to get to their job in a Houston, TX area assisted living community. Although the community did not have the budget to make a material impact on the staff member’s financial situation, they became even more committed to making the work experience better for that team member through improved communications, and a renewed focus on what is important to employees. The most critical issue to our senior management team in today’s environment is finding and keeping staff. For this post, the SGP team put together a list of focus points for 2019 that will allow the communities under ownership to renew their focus on the health of the workforce, a direct impact on the health of their residents. The following bullet points are select notes taken from the gathering reflecting opportunities for improvement. In many cases, the executives that played a role in the discussion believed that these programs were being executed within their communities, however after further review, they realized that the execution of the programs needed dramatic improvement.

2019 Focus Points Regular performance reviews – The SGP team is committed to building a two-way formal process for all employees to allow them to understand the communities’ expectations of them and their performance relative to those expectations. Additionally, the team will build a format through which the employee can help set the goals of the community itself and the role that they play in achieving those goals. Recognition programs – Over the last 20 years, the management team has experimented with a variety of employee recognition programs, with varying, yet mostly disappointing, degrees of success. Although financial rewards are necessary to help supplement income for high performing employees. In 2018, the team is planning to build out formal recognition programs that provide non-financial based incentive and that incorporates residents and families as stakeholders. Exit Surveys – The team is committed to building an exit survey program to replace the current exit interview process that most of the communities utilize. The intent of an online survey is to improve participation and candid feedback from employees that have recently left their positions in the community. The process will be managed at the corporate level, in order to remove the executive director from the conversation, with the intent of eliminating personal feelings and defensiveness. Executive Management understands that feedback provided by exiting employees may not be completely truthful and colored through the lens of someone that is no longer with the company. The hope would be to receive the occasional piece of actionable information regarding the community’s work environment, and receive feedback directly through this channel as opposed to public social media or online review channels. In each case, the team is determined not only to being intentional in implementing these ideas, but to build a set of measurable goals that will allow them to know what success means in each endeavor. The team believes that building programs that clearly communicate expectations, rewards top performers and builds a culture of candid and healthy feedback will continue to build a healthy environment that focuses on resident care above all.

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A lot of this technology has existed in prior generations of senior living, however, the real renaissance has been in both the improvement and enhancement of these technologies. Also, the integration of these technologies allows them to interact with each other and other platforms to improve efficiencies and cost-effectiveness. For instance, wearable devices such as GPS watches allow for 24/7 monitoring of residents, which is particularly important for those with cognitive issues (e.g., Alzheimer’s) and who tend to wander. Nurses and staff can immediately locate these residents in the event they go missing, saving valuable time in potentially dangerous situations. These devices will continue to be integrated into other systems, allowing for one access point into the lives of our residents.

Amazon’s Alexa has also done its part in bettering the lives of our senior residents. Residents are using Alexa to set medication reminders, alarms, and even adjust their lights and room temperature settings, but Alexa can also be used to alleviate loneliness. As a voice-tovoice device, people can have a conversation with it. Residents can ask Alexa to stream music, search the Web, play an audiobook, or check the news, time, and weather. Some facilities are also teaching residents how to use Alexa to communicate with family and friends via text messaging and phone calls. Companion robots have also been developed to combat social isolation for seniors living alone. These robots can ensure the well-being of senior citizens by providing social interaction, assistance, and can remind them about upcoming events, appointments, and deliveries. In addition, companion robots can monitor the homes of seniors living alone, detect falls and unusual activity, and provide medication reminders. They can also ease loneliness with social interaction by accessing communication technologies like Skype and FaceTime for face-to-face communication with family members and friends.

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No matter which generation you’re a part of, you’re well aware of the amazing heights we have reached due to technological advancements. Our cell phones are the access points for our entire lives, allowing immediate communication with anyone around the world, incredible business functionality, and providing the ability to fly your own drone over your neighbor’s house! Meanwhile, your house is no longer four walls with a roof, but is now a living, breathing smart home managing utility usage, family comfort settings, and even allowing your refrigerator to order milk when you are running low. For those in the senior housing industry, advancements in senior care technology are building and they will continue to amaze and excite in the coming years. For the first time, technology is beginning to make residents safer and more secure, while simultaneously improving their quality of life and reducing technological intrusion into the daily lives of our residents. These advancements can be broken into the following three primary categories:

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SENIOR LIVING BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY Not only is innovation building in resident facing applications, but technological improvements in the business of senior living are allowing business owners, operators, and managers greater and more immediate access to the health and growth of their communities, removing them from the daily grind of watching spreadsheets and scheduling meetings. Now they are able to spend more time with the residents and families for a true understanding of the impact that they can make on what really matters. These are truly exciting times for everyone connected to the senior industry because of the technological advancements that have been developed just in the past few years. More than one million Americans currently reside in senior housing today, and that number is expected to double by 2030. It will be amazing to see how technology in our industry has continued to progress at that time. As senior housing owners, operators, and managers, the Senior Guidepost team continues to be challenged by the pace of technological advancements and what role should each new technology play in our communities. Implementing new ideas can be great for residents and their families, but can be full of implementation, security, and obsolescence risks. Within our companies, we are building teams of employees and residents alike to evaluate opportunities as a group, improving their adoption likelihood. Good luck in introducing new technology to your community!

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'MARKETING IN SENIOR LIVING' Vol. 2 From ‘Drive-By’ to ‘Internet Lead,’ the Dramatic Change in Marketing in Senior Living – Volume 2,

Time to Catch Up OK, now we are here. Our website looks pretty good… I think. How do I know it is working? What does working even mean? In this article, I share our journey of discovery, reflection, and deep evaluation of what our commitment is to building value. The content for this article is organized into the learning cycle that we went through; Discovery, Rip the Band Aid, So Many Tools!, and Ongoing Engagement. Although, this narrative only outlines our journey, I believe that most small to midsized owner/operators have experienced a similar path.

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The first step for us was to evaluate where we stood. Our internet presence was limited to a website that I would have rated a ‘7 out of 10’ at the time. At the end of 2016, I engaged an outside public relations and marketing company to help us on this journey. They were well qualified, and had operated in many other industries, although with very limited exposure to senior living. The first thing they identified was that our site that was a ‘7’ in my mind, was probably closer to a ‘2’ in the world of digital marketing. The structure of the site prevented search engines from crawling our content, essentially hiding our site from the outside world. Further, our site, that was created by an individual in her home in about 2008, didn’t allow for the connection of any analytics platforms. Ranking it as a ‘2’ might have been giving it the benefit of the doubt.

RIP THE BAND AID: After understanding the limitations of our current site, we were faced with making a tough decision. We had to either continue to work with our current site developer, who operated out of her home office (but with low overhead comes low cost), or we had to commit real dollars to a new platform, and jump into the darkness of unknown processes and terminology. As with many other smaller owner/operators, we have a soft spot for people. On occasion, we give residents extra months to relocate if they run out of funds, provide deeper discounts in cases of financial hardship, and keep some employees longer than we should. We really liked the person that kept our website up, but we had to rip off the metaphorical, emotional, and financial band aid, transitioning to a larger provider out of Austin, TX.

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MANY TOOLS! After taking that first step of faith, the doors opened to a new world of tools, tools and more tools. We started by truly engaging with our analytics through Google. Still, to this day, two years later, the first thing I do every morning is open Google Analytics to see how many people visited our site the prior day, where they were located, and how they came to find our site. That was the first tool with which we engaged. After a couple of false starts, the second tool was a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) platform. We chose Hubspot, a platform created for multiple industries, although there are a number of terrific platforms that may be even better (we are still considering). Hubspot required a fair amount of customization, because of the flexibility that it provides, but the deeper we got into the platform, the more we were able to truly manage the customer journey, walking strangers through our online system of education and engagement. We now feel like the true resource that we want to be, and that was as a result of the depth of our CRM.

ONGOING ENGAGEMENT Today’s successful online marketer can’t just setup a great website and allow it to work. Digital marketing is a daily process filled with updates, regular valuable content, strategy testing, and the creation of online tools that educate and assist potential residents and their families. Through the use of landing pages, surveys, blog posts, and other online resource delivery methods, a community can share their personality with the outside world. Even though sometimes utilizing online chat, social media messenger services and bots feels like a cold way to interact with someone who’s mom has just been diagnosed with dementia, it should be considered a great way to begin the family’s education process earlier. Even though we are true believers in the value of a robust and ongoing digital marketing and education process, it is very difficult to see a screen replacing a smile of a concierge or the hug of a community team member. Keep baking those Otis Spunkmeyer cookies, but make sure that your digital cookies are delivering cultivated content to your target demographics. After all, if they don’t know you are there, they won’t ever walk in the door to see the passion that your team brings to their residents. Nor will they be able to taste your cookies! In this series of articles, we will evaluate what has happened in the senior living industry with regard to marketing over the last 5 years, where we are currently, and some ideas on the future of senior living marketing. Please watch our Knowledge Center for the next post in this series.


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FROM ‘DRIVE-BY’ TO ‘INTERNET LEAD’ Vol. 3 From ‘Drive-By’ to ‘Internet Lead,’ the Dramatic Change in Marketing in Senior Living – Volume 3, 2020 a Senior Living Odyssey I say it almost weekly. ‘It seems the pace of change in our world is accelerating more quickly than in any time in our history.’ I realize that every generation feels this way, but it seems obvious that this time, it’s true. I follow a Twitter handle (@ValaAfshar) that occasionally posts a list of companies that didn’t exist just 10 years ago, which includes many services that it almost seems are impossible to live without in today’s world.

Think Uber, Instagram & WhatsApp. What’s incredible to think is not only what didn’t exist 10 years ago, but the changes in our lives over just the last three years. My family now only goes to the grocery store a handful of times in a year, as our groceries are delivered. I haven’t once been concerned about getting behind the wheel after having that second glass of wine, because we just grab an Uber. Our hotel days are half of what they used to be because we stay in a stranger’s home when we go on vacations! Because we have changed the conversation in our company to a digital conversation, we have begun to have the opportunity to consider what the future might look like, and are thinking through our role as a potential leader. Our ideas on what the future hold are likely already being done, so in my excitement to see if anyone is executing on these ideas already (maybe someone will share with me), I wanted to share a few.

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Online Deposits for Resident Rooms – Currently in the works within our company is an online apartment selection platform that shares images and locations of assisted living resident rooms, amenities of the community, and allows a buyer to

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actually reserve their room and pay their community deposit online, just like hotels do for their guests. This is coming to our company soon, but we aren’t quite there yet. Artificial Intelligence & Predictive Analytics – Having only an elementary understanding of artificial intelligence, it is difficult for me to see where the best implementation of these technologies applies to senior living. As communities build data collection tools, the events that can be measured in communities should allow for a level of number crunching that we can only imagine today. Soon, cutting edge communities should be able to associate dietary and medication changes with higher fall risks. Weather might impact family visitation patterns, allowing communities to craft life enrichment opportunities and virtual visits during those times. I can’t begin to understand how these technologies can impact marketing efforts, but I do know that companies that can execute on these ideas will have an edge when marketing to future clients and their families. Live Virtual Tours – The current platforms for online virtual tours are only the initial exposure that the senior living industry is likely to have to this opportunity. We see the future being live guided tours between potential leads and marketing/executive staff. Expanding these platforms will allow for communities to build stronger relationships earlier by engaging leads earlier in their buying journey. The real opportunity in the expansion of these programs is to allow a community to break down the walls that intimidate potential residents. Online interactions can allow for an initial level of trust to be built from the ‘safety’ of virtual engagement.

These three ideas are in various stages of implementation within our senior living business. I am guessing that they exist in the market now, and would love to see how they are implemented in the business. To be sure, those companies that push the boundaries, and are free to make mistakes, are going to be able to reach out to future residents with intent, and innovation in these areas will allow companies to share the message that they are truly different than their competitors. In this series of articles, we will evaluate what has happened in the senior living industry with regard to marketing over the last 5 years, where we are currently, and some ideas on the future of senior living marketing.


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ACTIVITIES CALENDAR Senior living providers tend to be protective of their content. With the possible exception of community design ideas, senior living providers seem to be most protective of their activities programming. This is likely because activities are generally one of the most asked about departments during a tour, and one of the reasons that residents and families generally respond either positively or negatively in customer service surveys.

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We at Senior GuidePost (SGP) believe that the best way to develop a robust activities program is to be intentional about the format of the program as a whole, building it around a few key categories. The following is a list of primary themes for activities programs that the SGP team uses, but it is not intended to be a hard-and-fast list. We encourage providers to build their own format, as programs surely must differ based on a variety of factors, including geographic demographics, resident diversity, activity staff capabilities, budgets, and community acuity levels. Our list, intended to illustrate an overall philosophy, is:

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In our communities, these are the four pillars of a strong activities program. The Life Enrichment team should make sure that each of the activities planned that month satisfies at least one of these primary categories.

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SeniorGuidePost.com BEST PRACTICES FOR LIFE ENRICHMENT TEAMS: A best practice for activity directors is to craft programming that will satisfy multiple categories (i.e. building muscles while building relationships). • A second-best practice is to identify key subcategories as shown above to drive specific activities. • Tailoring activity programming to specific residents, or at least groups of residents, allows for progress to be made within peer groups. Having separate classes for beginners and advanced groups builds camaraderie between residents with similar capacities, encourages progress for higher acuity residents, and builds participation by reducing the intimidation levels common of lower-functioning residents in settings with more able residents. • Long-term programs lasting weeks or months may provide residents with a greater sense of involvement and can build relationships while satisfying requirements of the primary categories list. For example, a resident Olympics program may have two or three events a week during the Olympic games in February 2018. Pitting teams against each other over this extended period can provide residents a feeling of belonging. Whether winning or losing, participating residents will feel like a part of the team, combating isolation and depression. • Incorporating other departments is a great way for residents and staff members to get to know one another. Utilizing dietary staff in programming by creating and executing a resident’s favorite holiday recipe builds trust and friendship between the resident and non-activities staff. • Understanding your residents’ interests and their lives before moving to your community can allow for a successful program series. Incorporating your residents’ lifelong experiences can both help the community, and continue to give purpose to a person’s life. If a resident was a master gardener, creating a resident flower bed in the community’s landscape and charging your master gardener with the planning and regular maintenance of that bed can provide him or her with a mission. • Field trips outside of the community can be an opportunity to incorporate a number of categories into a single activity. Visiting the state capitol building helps to promote interaction with the environment, build relationships, and be physically and emotionally stimulating. We decided to resist the temptation to provide specific programs as not to stifle creativity and build a list of traditional programs. In our “Look Up” series on Innovation in Senior Living, we will get more specific on trending activities programs with the intent of highlighting new ideas in our industry. All the best in building a strong activities program for your residents!

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It is getting increasingly difficult to keep senior projects on schedule during the construction phase. Some of the hurdles that impede schedule achievement are as

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FOCUS ON THE 50-PLUS MARKET We’ve all heard the following frequently-quoted statistic: Advertisers concentrate on consumers who are 18 to 49-years-old. It’s been that way for decades, and it’s time for it to change. Seniors make 50% of all consumer purchases, but only 10% of marketing dollars are spent on them. It doesn’t make sense, does it? Companies are definitely missing out on a huge opportunity when they don’t market to the 50-plus demographic. Here are five important reasons why you definitely need to be marketing to this age group:

1) As a group, consumers 50-plus simply have more money! According to JWT Worldwide, the largest advertising agency in the United States, seniors control 75% of our nation’s financial assets, control 70 percent of our country’s net worth, and spend over half of all discretionary spending. This group also owns more homes than any other age group, purchases 41% of all new cars, and spends 74 percent more on vacationing that those under 50. That’s a lot of purchasing power! Companies are missing a huge market by ignoring this largely-affluent group.

2) 50-plus will continue to be a growing demographic. Those 50 and over have the highest projected growth rate of all age groups.And it makes sense—they’re called baby boomers because there were so many of them! There are over 75 million baby boomers in the U.S., and they’re all over 50-years-old now. And the AARP reports that nearly 10,000 adults turn 65 every day.

3) The expected lifespan is much longer for today’s seniors Besides the sheer number of them, today’s seniors are also going to be around longer. People currently over 50 will live longer, healthier lives than any generation before. Among those 50-plus, 16 million report that they exercise at least three times a week. Due to this and other factors, life expectancy has increased by 30 years over just the past century!

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5) The active lifestyles of today’s 50-plus are much different than previous generations More than their parents or grandparents, today’s 50-plus generation is looking for ways to enjoy this time in their lives. This group is full of enthusiastic and optimistic people who are not ready to consider themselves old, and they’re fighting aging with everything they’ve got. At the same time, nearly one-third of seniors become separated, divorced, or widowed, and more of them than ever before are rejoining the dating scene. Possibly because of these major life changes, seniors today are spending more money on their health, appearance, and social lives than ever before. And it must be working—according to the marketing company, Sheer ID, sixty-nine percent of seniors believe the best years of their lives are still ahead!

Don’t Miss Out on Marketing to the 50-Plus Consumers. If you’re ignoring the 50-plus in your marketing, you’re missing out on a huge income opportunity. This demographic has more purchasing power than any other age group, and the companies who learn to tap into this market will reap the rewards. The Oklahoma Senior Journal and our Rise and Thrive OSJ weekly radio show have been catering to the 50-plus and their families since we started serving Oklahoma 26 years ago. As a well-respected resource for those 50-plus in the Oklahoma City metro area, the Oklahoma Senior Journal is published twice a year. It’s distributed to over 550 locations and at more than 100 events every year. We definitely have the eyes and ears of this important consumer group with our weekly radio show and the Oklahoma Senior Journal’s loyal readership of at least 100,000. If your company would like to market to this large and powerful demographic in the Oklahoma City metro area, let us help you reach them!


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Dennis had a sometimes-difficult childhood and Snoopy was a much-needed companion. Dennis says he talked to her like a best friend. Snoopy followed Dennis to school every day and would always wait outside the school doors for him. She slept in bed with Dennis every night and was always there when he was having a bad day. They were inseparable. Dennis remembers the day that Snoopy got lost—January 4, 1969. They’d taken Snoopy, pregnant at the time, to their grandparents’ house for a birthday party. When they realized she had gotten out and lost, Dennis was devastated. They immediately called the Daily Oklahoman to run a small ad in the Lost and Found section. The paper sympathized with the family who had lost their beloved

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pets offset loneliness, boredom, stress, anxiety, pain and depression. Seniors who own dogs go to the doctor less often than those who don’t. In a study of 100 Medicare patients, even the most highly stressed dog owners had a 21% lower level of physician contact than non-dog owners. Clinical studies prove hormone levels of serotonin and dopamine increase when petting an animal, which creates an overall feeling of well being. A PET-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY Our residents are welcome to bring their furry companions with them when they choose to live with us. Many of our residents love taking care of their pets, and we know this can be one of the most important things to consider when you are looking at senior living options. Embark at Statesman Club features outdoor walking areas within our gated community, where our residents and their pets can enjoy an active day together. Additionally, our community offers scheduled local transportation for errands and appointments – including those for your pet.

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How do you know what’s happening on your roof? by John Winchester

As a roofer I see a lot of things. But until I inspected the roof of Mr. Singer, I hadn’t ever come across a victim of a roof scam. Mr. Singer is a gentlemen in his fifties who called me to inspect his roof, where I found a lot of hail damage. After looking at his claim history with his insurance adjustor, we discovered he had previously filed a claim seven years earlier, but the current damage was identical to the pictures on file. In 2012, Mr. Singer had filed a claim and hired an out-of-state roofer to do the job. The roofers came before Mr. Singer went to work, and at the end of the day, they said the job was done and left, having been paid over $10,000. From the ground looking up, Mr. Singer had no idea all they had done was replace a few cap shingles. This left Mr. Singer responsible for a new, second claim for the same damage. The scammer had no permit, and after seven years, there was no way to track him down. This left Mr. Singer with an uninsurable roof. I worked with Mr. Singer to replace his roof and gave him the best deal I could, explaining the situation and giving him options on how we could proceed. So what can people do to protect themselves from this kind of trouble? When you think you might have roof damage, there are several

things you can do before you award the job to a roofing company: • Make sure they are licensed. This is #1. In Oklahoma, it is required by law to be licensed. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. • Ask for references. A solid, reliable roofing company will be able to provide ample references for past jobs. • Ask what the new roof project includes. Will the roofer complete the job and upgrade any features that ensure it is up to state code? Or will it be a ‘bare minimum’ project? • Look them up online. Beyond references, look the company up online and on Facebook or other websites. Do they have any reviews that raise a red flag? More importantly, are you able to find reviews and a record of them online? These are a few ways you can get to know your roofer before you give them control of your biggest asset, your home. As owner of Fundamental Roofing and Construction, I encourage homeowners to go over all of these points with me when I am doing a free inspection of their roof. I am proud of our company, our work and am involved in several community organizations including the Oklahoma Roofers and Contractors Association, and the Edmond and Oklahoma City Chambers of Commerce. We are also accredited with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Beyond roof repair, Fundamental Roofing provides low pressure, eco-friendly roof cleaning to remove build up and black streaks that have stained older roofs. I enjoy helping people restore their home to a safe, solid structure. Please call to ask any questions you may have. —John Winchester, owner

Residential Roofing and Exterior Restoration Services Locally Owned & Operated

405.265.6887

929 NW 164th Street, Edmond OK 73013

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Improving Lives in one amazing day By Anne M. Richardson

How does the 50+ Better Living Expo change lives of Oklahomans in just one day? By bringing together the biggest group of vendors and professionals in the state who focus on improving lives for the 50+ demographic.

We are all aging and try as we might, nobody can control the number of years they get. The real question is what kind of quality of life do you want to have? This year marked the third OKC 50+ Better Living Expo held at Oklahoma State Fair Park. Each year the expo grows to include more exhibitors, informative seminars, and health screenings. The goal for the expo is to give seniors, 50+ adults, baby boomers, and caregivers a chance to meet local professionals and find local resources. Whether they need them today or in six months, this is the best chance to get ALL the answers to the uncertainties of aging. Exhibitors cover a full range of topics and stand ready with resources for visitors to take home. As the saying goes, “If you do not make a plan for life, life will make a plan for you.” Terry Rogers and his wife Patricia became involved in caring for her father, John Kelly, as he began facing health-related issues: cancer, heart disease, and finally, dementia. As John began to decline, Terry and Patricia were left in crisis with no

Seminars included “Avoiding Frauds & Scams” presented by Scot Hines (pictured left with Oklahoma Senior Journal publisher Robin Gunn) of KFOR, along with over 120 exhibitors & presenters like Becky Ivins of Movers Real Estate (right.)

plan of action—a situation so many other families have found themselves in. Terry and Patricia spent several years as Mr. Kelly’s caregivers. It was during this time that Terry, Patricia, and Terry’s brother, Toby, realized creating an event for an aging population would be the answer for many other families. The expo allows seniors and caregivers to seek out what they need all in one location, all in one day. This can save countless hours of research that many find themselves doing. Toby, Terry, and Patricia formed Rogers Market Promotions to change and IMPROVE the lives of other Oklahomans, and their hope is to save others from some of the pitfalls and frustrations they encountered along their own path. The website rmpshows.com is not only the home site for the 50+ Expo but also a resource year-round. Between the annual shows, the website serves as a host for information and contacts for a variety of topics like health screenings and local businesses catering to our aging population (which might just include YOU)! Please visit rmpshows.com for resources as well as announcements about the next expo.

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Do you have cramping in your legs? Is it difficult to walk long distances? Do you have restless or cold legs or feet? Do you have wounds that take a long time to heal or fungal infections of the toenails?

You may have peripheral artery disease (PAD)...

and it is treatable!

By Dr. C.V Ramana

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eripheral artery disease (PAD) is something many people may have but don’t have diagnosed. It is the narrowing or hardening of the arteries that carry blood to your limbs. Arteries can develop plaque buildup on their walls as we all get older which progressively blocks blood flow to the limbs. In the legs, this reduced blood flow can cause cramping and pain. Men and women over the age of 50 are most prone to peripheral arterial disease. Incidence becomes increasingly common with each year of life – men are affected earlier, but women catch up quickly. People with diabetes, high blood pressure, smokers, people with high cholesterol, obesity, sedentary lifestyle and genetic predisposition are at increased risk for developing this disease.  Diagnosis is determined  with careful history and physical exam of an individual. Simple screening methods can include blood pressure measurement of the wrist and ankle or an ultrasound exam. In some instances a  CT, MRI or arteriogram exam may be required.  Symptoms or consequences of the disease include pain, or cramping in the legs with exercise or movement. Burning pain, numbness, tingling in the feet,  and wounds or infections that are slow to heal or do not heal may also be present. Pale, blue, or cold feet may also be a sign of PAD. If left untreated or treated too late, it can lead to amputation of the toes, feet or legs. 

Naadi Healthcare

PAD is preventable! Certain habits like maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, and exercise will alleviate many symptoms. It also can be treated surgically or with a minimally invasive procedure through an IV placed into the artery of the wrist, arm, foot, or groin. There are several treatment solutions which are administered by select cardiologists, vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists. The best solution is determined for each patient depending on their specific profile. If you have had some of the symptoms, it’s important to take action before it worsens by talking with your doctor. You can also call the Vascular Center at NAADI Health to schedule a prompt and free consultation. The center is staffed with highly experienced professionals, including Dr. C.V Ramana, a vascular and interventional physician dedicated to treating PAD on an outpatient basis using the latest proven technology.  Dr. C.V Ramana is a vascular and interventional radiologist with more than 20 years of practice experience. He has expertise in all areas of vascular and interventional radiology.  Dr. Ramana has a Ph.D from Yale University and an MD from CWRU in Cleveland, Ohio, where he subsequently completed his fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the Cleveland Clinic. Call the Vascular Center at NAADI Health to schedule your prompt and free consultation: 405-608-8884

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COMPLETE HOME HEALTH

Complete Home Health and Complete Home Care provides: • Skilled Nursing

• Occupational Therapy

• Psychiatric Nursing

• Case MGMT

• Wound Care

• Personal Care

• Physical Therapy

• Homemaker Services

• Speech Therapy

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Making Moments Matter

Photo from Physician’s Choice Hospice Butterfly Release Ceremony where butterflies are set free to honor loved ones no longer with us.

By Anne M. Richardson

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he physical, emotional and spiritual needs of terminally ill patients call for special people with compassion and strength. Ginger Barsotti, RN, MBA, is the Administrator and Founder of Physician’s Choice Hospice. Her vision was to help people dealing with the grief of a terminal illness, whether their own or a loved one. In 2006, she opened Physician’s Choice Hospice. The focus was to give the best quality of care and truly “Make Moments Matter” every single day in the lives of their patients.

Since its inception, Physician’s Choice Hospice has grown to serve roughly 20 counties across Oklahoma. Ginger and her team attribute part of their growth to some of the unique programs they Ginger Barsotti, RN, MBA, use. Pet therapy is one owner of Physician’s Choice way the team enhances Hospice with therapy the lives of patients. dog, Molly Molly, (pictured left) Ginger’s mild-mannered border collie, is an important part of this team, regularly going out to visit patients. (See page 74 in the Pet Section for more about Molly.) One of the newer programs that Physician’s Choice Hospice has become involved with is the Oklahoma Warrior Honor Flight which provides a free chartered flight for veterans to visit their Memorials in Washington D.C. There is no state or federal funding for these trips, so Physician Choice Hospice has become a very involved financial supporter and promoter. The Oklahoma Honor Flight Board is headed up by Ginger’s husband, Jeff Barsotti.

They both have a passionate commitment to making these “trips of a lifetime” available to former Warriors who served their country. “The experience for these patriots is priceless,” says Ginger. One of the unique Physician’s Choice Hospice commitments to patients is known as “Comfort Care.” This is at the time when it is evident a patient is in their final hours. The Comfort Care promise is that they will not be left alone. Either a staff member, volunteer, or sitter will sit at their bedside as long as needed. This is important to families, and a principle that Physician’s Choice Hospice was founded on. For this reason, the “attended death” statistics for Physician’s Choice Hospice are much higher than hospice industry standards, as well as most other hospice companies locally. Another program in place is bedside harp music played by a staff musician during a patient’s final hours. The experience for the patient and their family is lifted up by music, and brings peace during these final moments. After a loved one has passed, Physician’s Choice Hospice continues to be involved through their bereavement plan with the family for 13 months. They host events such as the butterfly release, where butterflies are set free to honor loved ones no longer with us. The ceremony is an emotional and beautiful event of closure. Over the years, Physician’s Choice Hospice has grown to include roughly 180 compassionate individuals dedicated to “Making Moments Matter” and offering an extensive range of specialized end-of-life care options. With a range of care options, Physician’s Choice Hospice can provide the compassionate, individualized support needed for any situation.

Informative materials, educational presentations, and support services are available to individuals and organizations. Call today to find out more.

(888) 819-2119

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Want to age in your own home as long as possible?

VillagesOKC

Not an actual village. Not a real estate development or a retirement community. It’s a plan, not a place. VillagesOKC is a membership-based organization of likeminded mature adults (55+) who live in greater Oklahoma City. As members, we connect to develop the resources we need to age comfortably in our own homes. Members are engaged in life-long learning, have access to networks of information and professional services. We also offer occasional volunteer support for each other for the bumps in life. VillagesOKC members from Guthrie to Norman and Choctaw to El Reno are connecting virtually and in meet-ups (coffee shops, churches, community centers, libraries, homes). VillagesOKC organizes connections around those interests, focus groups and support teams.

What VillagesOKC members can expect: One number – One number to call (or one website) in order to connect with others who have the same interests. Friendships – many new trusted member-friends. These friends value life-long learning and watch out for one another. VillagesOKC increases the current network of family, church, professional and social connections. Consistent Connections – A phone call. A meet up. Something new. Something challenging. Villagers look for ways to stay connected and guard against isolation. Information – VillagesOKC is a safe place to discuss the hard questions. Many of us have questions about how to live a long and purposeful life or concerns about health issues. Others are interested in learning a new language or a new skill. VillagesOKC offers classes including Brain Playbook, My Brain on Chocolate, My Brain on Music, G.I.F.T. (Gathering Information for Transitions) and Surviving Care Giving. Opportunities – Every member has gifts and skills which are just what another needs. These reciprocal relationships give value, dignity and worth for each person in VillagesOKC. Trusted Sources – Each member is background checked and each member or volunteer is covered with additional liability insurance. Likewise, we network with professional services who are also trustworthy.

You are Needed and Wanted.

Annual membership fees are $250 ($100 additional for second person in the home.) If you or your organization would like to hear more, contact us. 405-990.6637 | www.VillagesOKC.org | info@VillagesOKC.org villagesOKC

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Save thousands by joining our exclusive Charter Club! Call today! (405) 378-4214

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Live well, plan ahead

Planning ahead can make all the difference to your family. Pre-planning your funeral should be a natural part of life, because it provides you with time to make end-of-life decisions in a calm and rational atmosphere. Start the online planning process now, or meet with one of our pre-planning advisors. It just makes sense. Call today to talk about your options and give peace of mind to your loved ones.

OUR LOCATIONS

Family Owned & Operated • Se Habla Español Crawford Family Funeral Signature Ford Funeral Service & Cremation Service Cremation Care 305 S. Sooner Rd. 610 NW 178th St 447 SW 89th St Midwest City, OK Edmond, OK 73012 Oklahoma City, OK 73139 73110 (405) 340-2333 (405) 494-6554 (405) 677-9990 CrawfordFuneralService.com SignatureCremations.com FordFuneral.com © OKLAHOMA SENIOR JOURNAL 2019-20

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DIRECTORY LISTINGS

Also see Specialty Placement Listings on pages 12 - 14. All phone numbers are 405 area code unless stated otherwise, and all web addresses begin with 'www.' accounting services Donna J. Jackson, Attorney at Law & CPA 840-1874 okcestatelawyer.com, article page 24 acupuncture Central Oklahoma Community Acupuncture 255-3193 ad page 29 active adult living (also see pages 13 in Specialty Placement) ComForCare Home Care 405-217-0706 Offices located in Edmond, Tecumseh and Oklahoma City ComForCare.com/OKC/Tecumseh/Edmond Locally Owned and Operated; Available 24/7, insert page 56 COMPASS Senior Living Solutions 308-6433 seniorlivingsolutionsok.com, article page 36, ad page 97 see article page 98

Welcome to a life of doing. Call (450) 252-9369 to schedule a visit.

7707 W Britton Rd. Oklahoma City, OK 73132 www.concordiaseniorliving.com

East Oaks Village, ad page 1 259-9696 Embark at Statesman Club 775-9009 (Pet Section) pet cover page 72a article pages 76 & 77 Larkspur Village Apts, ad page 1 580-920-1334 Senior Care Referral Services of Oklahoma 509-6311 SeniorLivingOK.com, ad page 108 Spanish Cove Retirement Village 11 Palm Ave, Yukon 73099 spanishcove.com, Since 1974 front cover, article pages 6, 10, 11, 34 & 35

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Superbia Retirement Village 721-5656 Seniors 55+ & Disabled Living, ad page 99 Temple Gardens Apartments, ad page 1 604-3111 The Villas of Benedictine Pointe 293-9046 belmontmgt.com, ad page 82 & 92 Villagio at Bradford Village 254-0057 inside front cover, pages 2, 3 & 89 acupuncture Central Oklahoma Community Acupuncture 255-3193 centraloklahomaacupuncture.com, ad page 29 adult day care Daily Living Center 792-2401 Dailylivingcenters.org adult services Alzheimer’s Association 800-272-3900 Area Wide Aging Services 942-8500 Aging Help Line (Seniors in Crisis) Oklahoma Development Disabilities Council 521-4984 HelpLine for Seniors FREE Information Just Dial 211 after surgery care/support EnTrust Home Health Care 778-6270 Home Care Assistance, ad page 92 & 109 285-4191

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aging in place Cox Homelife Care Medical Alert System cox.com/homelifecare, ad pages 16 & 93

800-556-7709

ComForCare Home Care 405-217-0706 Offices located in Edmond, Tecumseh and Oklahoma City ComForCare.com/OKC/Tecumseh/Edmond Locally Owned and Operated; Available 24/7, insert page 56 SYNERGY HomeCare, 254-3046 SYNERGYHomeCareOKC.com article pages 4 & 5 and back cover VillagesOKC...It is a PLAN...Not a Place 990-6637 Villagesokc.com, article page 85 aid van services MedRide, Critical Care Transport 685-8267 alzheimer’s fundraising Alzheimer’s Association 800-272-3900 The Santa Market Craft Show 314-1033 November 23rd, article page 20 apartment living & patio homes Temple Gardens, ad page 1 604-3111 East Oaks Village, ad page 1 259-9696 Larkspur Village of Durant, ad page 1 580-920-1334 Savannah House of Lawton, ad page 1 580-357-2900 ambulance/aid vans MedRide, Critical Care Transport 685-8267 assisted living & care (also see pages 13 & 14 in Specialty Placement) Brookdale Edmond Danforth 330-9100 Brookdale Edmond Santa Fe 330-6600 Brookdale Chickasha 224-8300 Brookdale Norman 573-9200 Brookdale Shawnee 275-7747 Brookdale of OKC Southwest 691-0409 Brookdale Statesman Club 775-9009 Brookdale Village 751-8430 ad page 112 & inside back cover COMPASS Senior Living Solutions 308-6433 seniorlivingsolutionsok.com, article page 36, ad page 97 Concordia Life Plan Community 331-6113 ConcordiaSeniorLiving.com, article page 98 & ad page 88 HarborChase of South OKC 259-2309 ad page 86 Home Care Assistance, ad page 92 & 109 285-4191 homecareassistanceoklahoma.com

LEGEND at Council Road, ad above & page 94 LEGEND at Jefferson’s Garden, ad above & page 94 LEGEND Assisted Living at Rivendell, ad above & pg 94 Rivermont Assisted Living & Memory Care ad above & page 94

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assisted living & care, continued Senior Care Referral Services of Oklahoma SeniorLivingOK.com, ad page 108

509-6311

Spanish Cove Retirement Village 11 Palm Ave, Yukon 73099 spanishcove.com, Since 1974 front cover, article pages 6, 10, 11, 34 & 35

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StoneCreek Assisted Living & Memory Care (Pet Section) ad page 73 Tealridge Retirement Community, ad page 106

330-5020 347-8381

An Innovative,Vibrant Approach to Senior Living VillagioLiving.com

OKC (405) 254-0477 Edmond (405) 254-0057

See inside front cover and pages 2 & 3

auto body shops Dent Systems Auto Body Shop 850-1127 Locally Owned & Operated, dentsystemsokc.com bereavement grief and loss Affordable Cremation Services 521-8777 ACS-OKC.com, ad page 39 Agape Road Hospice House 990-7761 agaperoad.org, article page 104 Crawford Family Funeral & Cremation Services 340-2333 Four Locations, ad pages 86 & 87 Physician’s Choice Hospice Edmond 936-9433 article page 84, ad page 91 Chandler 258-5858 (Pet Section) ad page 74 Reflection Pointe 843-2099 reflectionpointe.net, ad page 39 RESTHAVEN Funeral Home & Memory Gardens 295-0577 resthavenokc.com Valir Hospice, valir.com, see ad page 92 609-3636 Yanda & Son Funeral Home & Cremation Services 350-7101 Family Owned & Operated, ad page 72 cancer treatment Oklahoma Proton Center 773-6700 okcproton.com caregiver support/case management & programs Alzheimer’s Association 800-272-3900 Daily Living Centers 792-2401 Dailylivingcenters.org EnTrust Home Health Care 778-6270 Valir Health & Hospice, valir.com, ad page 92 609-3636

carry out home meals The Prairie Gypsies 525-3013 prairiegypsies.com, ad page 90 cbd oils & medical programs APCO MED Cannabis Products 237-2726 center page spread, pages 56 & 57 carpet cleaning Oklahoma Karpet Care 812-2198 chiropractic care Physical Medicine of Oklahoma 726-2727 Dr. Brant Koenig, article page 19 clinics and hospitals (also see Physicians and Care on page 14) Choctaw Women’s Clinic, Sara Botchlet APRN-CNP 620-0049 ChoctawWomensClinic.com, article page 23 Doctors of Cannabis 367-5638 docsofcannabis.com, article page 100 & ad page 93 Dispatch Health 213-0190 dispatchhealth.com, ad page 25 Healing Hands Veterinary Wellness Center 525-2255 healinghandsvetcenter.com, (Pet Section) article page 72b Mercy Health Center 755-1515 SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital, SSMhealth.com 713-5706 Geriatric Diagnostic & Behavioral Medicine Center, ad page 71 Valir Health & Hospice, valir.com, ad page 92 609-3636 Veterinarian Home Health Care 820-6647 Dr. Sharon Cary, Mobile Vet & Clinic petvetonwheels.com, (Pet Section) ad page 78 concierge services Care Plus Home Care 769-2551 careplusATHOME.com, article page 32 construction Smooth Finishing Roofing & Construction 923-5127 article pages 21 & (Pet Section) page 75, ad pages 91 & 96 critical care/ transport MedRide Critical Care Transport 685-8267 delivery cbd services APCO MED Cannabis Products 237-2726 center page spread, pages 56 & 57 dementia/alzheimer’s care (also see pages 13 & 14 in Specialty Placement) Alzheimer’s Association 800-272-3900 Autumn Leaves of Edmond 341-1450 Brookdale Oklahoma City Southwest 691-0409 Brookdale Village 751-8430 ad page 112 & inside back cover ComForCare Home Care 405-217-0706 Offices located in Edmond, Tecumseh and Oklahoma City ComForCare.com/OKC/Tecumseh/Edmond Locally Owned and Operated; Available 24/7, insert page 56 Daily Living Centers, Dailylivingcenters.org Home Care Assistance, ad page 92 & 109 homecareassistanceoklahoma.com SYNERGY HomeCare SYNERGYHomeCareOKC.com article pages 4 & 5 and back cover Spanish Cove Retirement Village 11 Palm Ave, Yukon 73099 spanishcove.com, Since 1974 front cover, article pages 6, 10, 11, 34 & 35 Villagio of Oklahoma City inside front cover, pages 2, 3 & 89 doctors of cannabis Doctors of Cannabis docsofcannabis.com, article page 100 & ad page 93 downsizing specialist Movers Real Estate, Becky Ivins BeckyIvins.com, article page 30 & ad 31

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food, mobile meals & nutrition sites, continued educational programs Alzheimer’s Association INTEGRIS Third Age Life SeniorLife Wellness ad page 8 elder law Donna J. Jackson, Attorney at Law & CPA okcestatelawyer.com, article page 24

800-272-3900 North 717-9821 South 636-7474 840-1874

Your Oklahoma attorney for Elder Law, Estate Planning and Fiduciary Litigation (405) 235-2393 www.rischardlaw.com

Denis P. Rischard, Esq., helps seniors prepare, plan for, and navigate through, the legal issues related to growing older. Our firms’s Elder Law section, Oklahoma Disability & Elder Law Advocates, provides workshops and comprehensive legal advice.

Schedule a consultation or sign up for a Free workshop See article page 105

employment services 365 Worx, Staffing Services OKC 488-1100 365worx.com, ad pages 97 & 107 Tulsa 918-933-6000 end of life care Agape Road Hospice House 990-7761 agaperoad.org, article page 104 estate & trust planning Affordable Cremation Services 521-8777 ACS-OKC.com, ad page 39 Donna J. Jackson, Attorney at Law & CPA 840-1874 okcestatelawyer.com, article page24 Reflection Pointe 843-2099 reflectionpointe.net, ad page 39 Rischard & Associates 235-2393 rischardlaw.com, page 105 & page 90

Wallis Law Group Kathy Wallis, Attorney at Law Personalized Estate Planning

726-9888

“There is no promise of tomorrow; prepare & plan today.”

WallisLawGroup.com, article page 28

eye care Brain & Eye Connection Vision Clinic 703-3163 Carolanne H. Roach, OD, article page 27 NewView Oklahoma, ad page 110 & 111 855-811-9699 fencing The Fence Masters, (Pet Section) ad page 74 728-3200 finances Benchmark Financial 840-0028 Dana Nursick, Marketing Specialist, ad page 26 Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation 550-8806 100% FREE Help for Veterans & Spouses dalekgrahamveteransfoundation.org, ad page 12 PlanGroup Financial 848-1099 PlanGroup.com, ad page 96 Quail Creek Bank 755-1000 Join our Quail Classic Club, ages 55+, ad page 103 Valliance Bank 286-5700 vbank.com, article page 101 florist and greenhouse Morrison Floral and Greenhouses 789-1622 food, mobile meals & nutrition sites Edmond Mobile Meals 341-3111 Oklahoma County Senior Nutrition Program 949-2709

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The Prairie Gypsies

Good meals ready to reheat and eat! 415 NW 30 • OKC • 525-3013 www.prairiegypsies.com The Western Concepts Group, 605-2262 Also offering Catering & Banquets The Hutch 842-1000 The Lobby Cafe & Bar, article page 17 604-4650 Musashi's 602-5623 Sushi Neko 528-8862 The Tasting Room 604-3015 Will Rogers Theatre, Special Events 604-3015 westernconceptsdining.com, article page 17 funeral, cremation plans and cemeteries Affordable Cremation Services 521-8777 ACS-OKC.com, ad page 39 Crawford Family Funeral & Cremation Services 340-2333 Four Locations, ad pages 86 & 87 Moore Funeral & Cremation Services 794-7600 moorefuneralcremation.com Reflection Pointe 843-2099 reflectionpointe.net, ad page 39 RESTHAVEN Funeral Home & Memory Gardens 295-0577 resthavenokc.com Yanda & Son Funeral Home & Cremation Services 350-7101 Family Owned & Operated, ad page 72 geriatric/eldercare ComForCare Home Care 405-217-0706 Offices located in Edmond, Tecumseh and Oklahoma City ComForCare.com/OKC/Tecumseh/Edmond Locally Owned and Operated; Available 24/7, insert page 56 Dispatch Health dispatchhealth.com, ad page 25 Spanish Cove Retirement Village 11 Palm Ave, Yukon 73099 spanishcove.com, Since 1974 front cover, article pages 6, 10, 11, 34 & 35

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SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital, SSMhealth.com 713-5706 Geriatric Diagnostic & Behavioral Medicine Center, ad page 71 SYNERGY HomeCare 254-3046 SYNERGYHomeCareOKC.com article pages 4 & 5 and back cover grandparents raising grandchildren Sunbeam Family Services 528-7721 sunbeamfamilyservices.org grass finished beef & lamb BF Farms, family owned & operated 202-3495 bf-farms.com, article page37 handicap services Bill Veazey’s Rehab & Home Care Equipment 843-8886 ad page 33 NewView Oklahoma, ad page 110 & 111 855-811-9699 head, brain & stroke injury Brain & Eye Connection Vision Clinic 703-3163 Carolanne H. Roach, DO, article page 27

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health & wellness APCO MED Cannabis Products 237-2726 center page spread, pages 56 & 57 BF Farms, Grass Finished Beef & Lamb 202-3495 family owned & operated, bf-farms.com article page 37 Choctaw Women’s Clinic, Sara Botchlet APRN-CNP 620-0049 ChoctawWomensClinic.com, article page 23 Freedom Fit, LLC, ad page 29 759-0366 Groomer A Go-Go Pet Natural Food Market & Salon 605-4151 Dr. Karen Mahlmeister, "Your Pain Detective" 740-0507 YourPainDetective.com, ad page 18 Neora, Lynn Cook, ad page 33 642-3340 health screenings Naadi Health, naadihealthcare.com, article page 81 608-8884 hearing loss, aids & coverage Pioneer Hearing Aids Centers, Inc. 364-3931 Serving Oklahoma Since 1974, five locations pioneerhearing.com home care assistance Home Care Assistance, ad page 92 & 109 285-4191 homecareassistanceoklahoma.com home health care & plans (also see page 12 in Specialty Placement) Benchmark Financial Group, Inc. 840-0028 Call Dana Nursick, Marketing Specialist, ad page 26

home improvement, continued

The Fence Masters, (Pet Section) ad page 74 728-3200 home medical equipment Bill Veazey’s Rehab & Home Equipment 843-8886 ad page 33 hormonal care Choctaw Women’s Clinic, Sara Botchlet APRN-CNP 620-0049 ChoctawWomensClinic.com, for men & women, article page 23

Neighbors Caring for Neighbors

hospice care/support (also see page 12 in Specialty Placement) Agape Road Hospice House 990-7761 agaperoad.org, article page 104 Complete Home Health Care, ad pages 83 & 91 879-3470

COMPLETE HOME HEALTH

Complete Home Health and Complete Home Care provides: • Skilled Nursing • Psychiatric Nursing • Wound Care • Physical Therapy • Speech Therapy

EST. 1987

see article page 21 & 75

see ad page 102

• Occupational Therapy • Case MGMT • Personal Care • Homemaker Services

Call for assistance or employment: 405-691-1333 www.chhllc.org

see ad page 83

EnTrust Home Health Care 778-6270 Home Care Assistance, ad page 92 & 109 285-4191 Epworth at Home 767-9033 Physician’s Choice Hospice Edmond 936-9433 article page 84, ad page 91 Chandler 258-5858 (Pet Section) ad page 74 Senior Helpers, ad pages 15 & 92 608-4339 home improvement FUNDAMENTAL Roofing & Construction ad pages 79 & 96 Honey Do’s By Dale Licensed & Bonded, ad page 71

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independent living, continued

hospice care & support, continued

see ad page 82 2000 W. Warner Guthrie, OK 73044 405.293.9046 - TDD #711 BenedictinePointe@belmontmgt.com www.belmontmgt.com Senior Living!

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housing for seniors (also see page 13 in Specialty Placement)

in-home care & companions (also see page 12 in Specialty Placement) Care Plus Home Care 769-2551 careplusATHOME.com, article page 32

Apartment Living & Patio Homes East Oaks Village, ad page 1 259-9696 Larkspur Village, Durant, ad page 1 580-920-1334 Savannah House of Lawton, ad page 1 580-357-2900 Temple Gardens, ad page 1 604-3111

ComForCare Home Care 405-217-0706 Offices located in Edmond, Tecumseh and Oklahoma City ComForCare.com/OKC/Tecumseh/Edmond Locally Owned and Operated; Available 24/7, insert page 56

COMPASS Senior Living Solutions 308-6433 seniorlivingsolutionsok.com, article page 36, ad page 97 Embark at Statesman Club 775-9009 (Pet Section) pet cover page 72a article pages 76 & 77 Sommerset Neighborhood Assisted 691-9221 Living & Memory Care, ad pages 22 & 89 Spanish Cove Retirement Village 11 Palm Ave, Yukon 73099 spanishcove.com, Since 1974 front cover, article pages 6, 10, 11, 34 & 35 StoneCreek Assisted Living & Memory Care (Pet Section) ad page 73 Superbia Retirement Village Seniors 55+ & Disabled Living, ad page 99 Villagio at Bradford Village inside front cover, pages 2, 3 & 89 Villagio of Oklahoma City inside front cover, ad pages 2, 3 & 89 The Villas of Benedictine Pointe belmontmgt.com, ad page 82 & 92

354-5906

330-5020 721-5656 254-0057 254-0057 293-9046

independent living (also see pages 13 in Specialty Placement) Concordia Life Plan Community 331-6113 ConcordiaSeniorLiving.com, article page 98 & ad page 88 Embark at Statesman Club 775-9009 (Pet Section) pet cover page 72a article pages 76 & 77 Rivermont Independent Living 360-0606 ad page 88 & page 94 Spanish Cove Retirement Village 11 Palm Ave, Yukon 73099 spanishcove.com, Since 1974 front cover, article pages 6, 10, 11, 34 & 35 Tealridge Retirement Community, ad page 106 Villagio at Bradford Village inside front cover, pages 2, 3 & 89

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Dispatch Health dispatchhealth.com, ad page 25

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see ad page 15

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SYNERGY HomeCare 254-3046 SYNERGYHomeCareOKC.com article pages 4 & 5 and back cover in-home monitoring system Cox Homelife Care Medical Alert System 800-556-7709 cox.com/homelifecare, ad pages 16 & 93 information & referral Area Wide Aging Services 943-4344 (informational assistance program) Alzheimer’s Association 800-272-3900 COMPASS Senior Living Solutions 308-6433 seniorlivingsolutionsok.com, article page 36, ad page 97

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information & referral, continued

long term care and programs, continued

Oklahoma Insurance Dept./Senior Health 521-6628 Medicare Assistance Program, ad page 40 & 93 800-763-2828 Progressive Independence, non-profit 321-3203 Help & Information To Keep Your Independence insurance & insurance programs CENTENNIAL Insurance Group, Inc 655-6098 Christina Sibley - Agent, ad pages 29 & 93

Questions about

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Medicare Open Enrollment is Oct. 15 - Dec. 7 We can help you compare plans and save money. Call us for FREE help.

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NAVIGATING Through Medicare, MCM Insurance 842-0494 Medicare & Retirement, mcmmedicare.com, ad page 94 UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement 415-8158 a d i v i s i o n o f t h e o k l a h o m a i n s u r a n c e d e pa r t m e n t

VIP Insurance, InsureVIPs.com 340-3502 Lynn North Health * Life * Dental * Vision Kathy Reeser Home * Auto * Commercial * Renters investment management / income planning PlanGroup Financial, PlanGroup.com, ad page 96 848-1099 Valliance Bank, vbank.com, article page 101 286-5700 jewelry appraiser Melissa Gann Jewelry & Appraisals 819-0051 gannappraisal.com jobs & business opportunities 365 Worx, The Staffing Company OKC 488-1100 365worx.com, ad page 97 & page 107 Tulsa 918-933-6000 AARP Senior Employment, aarp.org 879-3899 Carey Pet and Home Care “Pet Sitters” 605-3355 Must love animals! For applications, visit careypet.com NewView Oklahoma, ad page 110 & 111 855-811-9699 leg pain Naadi Health, naadihealthcare.com, article page 81 608-8884 legal services Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma 800-421-1641

Kevyn Gray Mattax Attorney, Family Law

943-1965

OKSPLASH Free Legal Aid, oklaw.org 855-488-6814 Donna J. Jackson, Attorney at Law & CPA 840-1874 okcestatelawyer.com, article page 24 Disabilities Council 521-4984 McIntyre Law, mcintyrelaw.com, ad page 103 917-5250 Rischard & Associates 235-2393 rischardlaw.com, article page 105 & ad page 90 Wallis Law Group 726-9888 WallisLawGroup.com, article page 28 lift chairs Bill Veazey’s Rehab & Home Care Equipment 843-8886 ad page 33 local organic farms BF Farms, Grass Finished Beef & Lamb 202-3495 family owned & operated, bf-farms.com article page 37 long term care and programs Area Wide Aging Ombudsman 942-8500 Help with Nursing Home issues ComForCare Home Care 405-217-0706 Offices located in Edmond, Tecumseh and Oklahoma City ComForCare.com/OKC/Tecumseh/Edmond Locally Owned and Operated; Available 24/7, insert page 56

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medicare/medicaid plans & information, cotinued

We work with ALL Medicare plans!

Medicare

with MCM Insurance

Call or come by: 405-842-0494

Spanish Cove Retirement Village 11 Palm Ave, Yukon 73099 spanishcove.com, Since 1974 front cover, article pages 6, 10, 11, 34 & 35

2232 W. Hefner Rd. Ste A Oklahoma City, OK 73120 mcmmedicare.com

Medicare Assistance Program map.oid.ok.gov, ad pages 40 & 93

521-6628 800-763-2828

TruNorth Agency Ask for Lynn North, She Can Help You!

249-2910

UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement 415-8158 memorial services & pre-planning Yanda & Son Funeral & Cremation Services 350-7101 Family owned & operated, ad page 72 memory care (also see pages 13 & 14 in Specialty Placement) Alzheimer’s Association 800-272-3900 Autumn Leaves of Edmond 341-1450

Belfair of Shawnee

A Memory Care Residence

"Where help is close to home" 405-275-1199 belfairofshawnee.com 1723 N Airport Dr. Shawnee OK Brookdale Oklahoma City Southwest Brookdale Village ad page 112 & inside back cover

691-0409 751-8430

ComForCare Home Care 405-217-0706 Offices located in Edmond, Tecumseh and Oklahoma City ComForCare.com/OKC/Tecumseh/Edmond Locally Owned and Operated; Available 24/7, insert page 56 Home Care Assistance, ad page 92 & 109 homecareassistanceoklahoma.com HarborChase of South OKC,ad page 86

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memory care, continued LEGEND Memory Care at Council Road, ad p. 88 & 94 LEGEND Memory Care at Rivendell, ad p. 88 & 94 Rivermont Assisted Living & Memory Care ad p. 88 & 94 Senior Care Referral Services of Oklahoma SeniorLivingOK.com, ad page 108 Sommerset Neighborhood Assisted Living & Memory Care, ad pages 22 & 89 StoneCreek Assisted Living & Memory Care (Pet Section) ad page 73

285-4191 259-2309

SYNERGY HomeCare SYNERGYHomeCareOKC.com article pages 4 & 5 and back cover Tealridge Retirement Community, ad page 106 Villagio of Oklahoma City inside front cover, ad pages 2, 3 & 89 menopausal care Choctaw Women’s Clinic, Sara Botchlet APRN-CNP ChoctawWomensClinic.com, article page 23 mobility products Bill Veazey’s Rehab & Home Care Equipment ad page 33 monuments RESTHAVEN Funeral Home & Memory Gardens resthavenokc.com moving & relocation services Armstrong Relocation Services, ad page 99 Movers Real Estate, Becky Ivins BeckyIvins.com, article page 30 & ad 31

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personal assistance and care, continued Home Care Assistance, ad page 92 & 109 285-4191 homecareassistanceoklahoma.com SYNERGY HomeCare 254-3046 SYNERGYHomeCareOKC.com article pages 4 & 5 and back cover personal injury McIntyre Law, mcintyrelaw.com, ad page 103 917-5250 physical therapy Physical Medicine of Oklahoma 726-2727 Dr. Brant Koenig, article page 19 Physical Therapy Services, YourPTservices.com 600-9222 (also see pages 72a-78, The Pet Section)

PET CARE / PET FRIENDLY BUSINESSES All Fur Paws, allfurpawsok.com 348-6888 A healthy pet nutritional pet store/bathing tubs Embark at Statesman Club 775-9009 (Pet Section) pet cover page 72a article pages 76 & 77 Groomer A Go-Go Pet Market & Salon 605-4151 Healing Hands Veterinary Wellness Center 525-2255 healinghandsvetcenter.com, (Pet Section) article page 72b Pet Food Pantry, petfoodpantryokc.org, ad page 78 664-2858 Precious Pets Cemetery & Cremation 771-5510 preciouspetscemetery.com, (Pet Section) ad page 78 The Fence Masters, (Pet Section) ad page 74 728-3200 StoneCreek Assisted Living & Memory Care 330-5020 (Pet Section) ad page 73 Veterinarian Home Health Care 820-6647 Dr. Sharon Cary, Mobile Vet & Clinic petvetonwheels.com, (Pet Section) ad page 78 pet therapy/companion pet Physician’s Choice Hospice Edmond 936-9433 article page 84, ad page 91 Chandler 258-5858 (Pet Section) ad page 74 Prison Pet Partnership Program, Inc. Info 329-6889 Valir Health & Hospice (HosPets), ad page 92 609-3636 physical & occupational therapy Physician’s Choice Hospice Edmond 936-9433 article page 84, ad page 91 Chandler 258-5858 (Pet Section) ad page 74 private duty/services (also see page 12 in Specialty Placement) ComForCare Home Care 405-217-0706 Offices located in Edmond, Tecumseh and Oklahoma City ComForCare.com/OKC/Tecumseh/Edmond Locally Owned and Operated; Available 24/7, insert page 56 CARE Plus Home Care 769-2551 careplusATHome.com, article page 32 Home Instead Senior Care of OKC 521-1963 SYNERGY HomeCare 254-3046 SYNERGYHomeCareOKC.com article pages 4 & 5 and back cover Senior Helpers, ad pages 15 & 92 608-4339 proton therapy radiation Oklahoma Proton Center 773-6700 okcproton.com public adjusters Coppermark Public Adjusters 855-452-5246 Stephanie Lee, ad page 29 radiation treatment & oncologists Oklahoma Proton Center 773-6700 okcproton.com radio shows Movers Real Estate, Becky Ivins 722-3232 BeckyIvins.com, article page 30 & ad 31 every Saturday 8:05 - 9:00am KTOK NewsRadio 1000AM Rise & Thrive with the OSJ Radio Hour 816-7889 Host Robin Gunn - Editor of this Magazine Every Saturday @9:05 am, on KZLS Special Encore show @10:05am of previous week! The Eagle 1640AM, see ad page 9

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50+ Better Living Expo 605-2121 Rogers Market Promotions, RMPshows.com Article page 80 Beavers Bend Adventures 214-789-5322 Nathan Gunn, Local Artist 413-0038 Private & Group Lessons, Fun & Therapeutic Painting Classes Oklahoma History Center, Senior Discount 522-0765 Oklahoma Senior Games 821-1500 okseniorgames.com, ad page 38 The Santa Market Craft Show 314-1033 November 23rd, article page 20 Spanish Cove Retirement Village 11 Palm Ave, Yukon 73099 spanishcove.com, Since 1974 front cover, article pages 6, 10, 11, 34 & 35

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Valir Hospice, valir.com (HosPets Shows), ad page 92 609-3636 VillagesOKC, It’s a PLAN...Not a Place 990-6637 VillagesOKC.com, article page 85 regenerative medicine Physical Medicine of Oklahoma 726-2727 Dr. Brant Koenig, article page 19 remodeling services FUNDAMENTAL Roofing & Construction 265-6887 ad pages 79 & 96 Honey Do’s By Dale 479-462-7348 Licensed & Bonded, ad page 71 residential care & living (also see page 13 in Specialty Placement) Faith Hospice Care, ad page 91 & 102 321-2257 Spanish Cove Retirement Village 11 Palm Ave, Yukon 73099 spanishcove.com, Since 1974 front cover, article pages 6, 10, 11, 34 & 35 Villagio at Bradford Village inside front cover, pages 2, 3 & 89 Villagio of Oklahoma City inside front cover, ad pages 2, 3 & 89 respite care/vouchers

354-5906

254-0057 254-0477

ComForCare Home Care 405-217-0706 Offices located in Edmond, Tecumseh and Oklahoma City ComForCare.com/OKC/Tecumseh/Edmond Locally Owned and Operated; Available 24/7, insert page 56 Faith Hospice Care, ad page 91 & 102 HarborChase of South OKC ad page 86

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respite care/vouchers, continued

roofing and construction specialist, continued

FREE -YES - FREE “Respite Vouchers” for Reimbursement for Family Caregivers Call: Terry Mulkey, Administrative Officer, Oklahoma Aging Services, at 405-321-3200 Spanish Cove Retirement Village 11 Palm Ave, Yukon 73099 spanishcove.com, Since 1974 front cover, article pages 6, 10, 11, 34 & 35

see article page 21 & 75

EST. 1987

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SYNERGY HomeCare 254-3046 SYNERGYHomeCareOKC.com article pages 4 & 5 and back cover retirement planning Becky Ivins, Movers Real Estate 722-3232 BeckyIvins.com, article page 30 & ad 31 NAVIGATING Through Medicare, MCM Insurance 842-0494 Medicare & Retirement, mcmmedicare.com, ad page 94

seminars, meetings & events 50+ Better Living Expo 605-2121 Rogers Market Promotions, RMPshows.com Article page 80 Dr. Karen Mahlmeister, "Your Pain Detective" YourPainDetective.com, ad page 18 Movers Real Estate, Becky Ivins BeckyIvins.com, article page 30 & ad 31

Complimentary Financial Review (405) 848-1099 | PlanGroup.com Quail Creek Bank 755-1000 Join our Quail Classic Club, ages 55+, ad page 103 UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement 415-8158 Valliance Bank, vbank.com, article page 101 286-5700 roofing and construction specialist

Spanish Cove Retirement Village 11 Palm Ave, Yukon 73099 spanishcove.com, Since 1974 front cover, article pages 6, 10, 11, 34 & 35 The Santa Market Craft Show Nov. 23rd, article page 20 senior care/services

740-0507 722-3232 354-5906

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ComForCare Home Care 405-217-0706 Offices located in Edmond, Tecumseh and Oklahoma City ComForCare.com/OKC/Tecumseh/Edmond Locally Owned and Operated; Available 24/7, insert page 56 Embark at Statesman Club 775-9009 (Pet Section) pet cover page 72a article pages 76 & 77 Home Care Assistance, ad page 92 & 109 285-4191 homecareassistanceoklahoma.com Villagio at Bradford Village 254-0057 inside front cover, pages 2, 3 & 89 Villagio of Oklahoma City 254-0477 inside front cover, ad pages 2, 3 & 89 Senior Centers & Activities are now on our website! Go to OKSeniorJournal.com/SeniorCenters

See article page 79

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senior games Oklahoma Senior Games 821-1500 okseniorgames.com, ad page 38 senior programs Cox Homelife Care Medical Alert System 800-556-7709 cox.com/homelifecare, ad pages 16 & 93 INTEGRIS Third Age Life SeniorLife Wellness North 717-9821 ad page 8 South 636-7474 NewView Oklahoma, ad page 110 & 111 855-811-9699 Oklahoma Development Disabilities Council 521-4984 Oklahoma Insurance Dept./Senior Health 521-6628 Medicare Assistance Program 800-763-2828 ad pages 40 & 93 Oklahoma Senior Games 821-1500 okseniorgames.com, ad page 38 OKC Salvation Army 246-1100 salvationarmyokcac.org Sunbeam Family Services 528-7721 sunbeamfamilyservices.org VillagesOKC, It’s a PLAN...Not a Place 990-6637 VillagesOKC.com, article page 85

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special events & seminars 50+ Better Living Expo 605-2121 Rogers Market Promotions, RMPshows.com Article page 80 APCO MED Cannabis Products 237-2726 center page spread, pages 56 & 57 Dr. Karen Mahlmeister, “Your Pain Detective” 740-0507 YourPainDetective.com, ad page 18 Embark at Statesman Club 775-9009 (Pet Section) pet cover page 72a article pages 76 & 77 Movers Real Estate, Becky Ivins 722-3232 BeckyIvins.com, article page 30 & ad 31 Call for seminar schedule on down-sizing OKC Salvation Army, salvationarmyokcac.org 246-1100 The Santa Market Craft Show, Nov. 23rd, article page 20 314-1033 The Tasting Room, article page 17 604-3015 Will Rogers Theatre, article page 17 604-3015 SUPPORT GROUPS are now on our website! Go to OKSeniorJournal.com/SupportGroups staffing companies see ad page 107

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OKC Life Plan Community Brings Opportunities to Older Adults

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ccording to the AARP, there are 10,000 Boomers reaching retirement age (65) every single day, and that trend is expected to continue through the 2030s.

The Baby Boomer generation has redefined senior living. Many Boomers are living longer than previous generations, are more conscious of the food they consume and understand the importance of staying active. After retiring, older adults expect vibrant, wellness-centered environments that allow them to continue pursuing their passions and learn new things. At Concordia Life Plan Community, we prioritize wellness at every turn. From organic, locally-grown menu options to an on-site wellness center with a trained fitness instructor to community volunteer and learning opportunitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;wellness is part of the fabric of Concordia. Learning takes on a whole new level of importance at Concordia because residents expect an environment that challenges them mentally and opens them up to new information. From hosting speaker series with industry thoughtleaders to bringing in experts during minimasterclasses, the northwest Oklahoma City senior living community believes in the power of learning, no matter a

person's age. To support their life plan makeup, Concordia also offers various levels of care on a single campus location. "Our residents have a plethora of educational, wellness, volunteer and learning opportunities," said Concordia Executive Director, Danny Eischen. "It's part of what makes us a true life plan community." Concordia understands that a life plan community may not be right for everyone, but for many, it gives them the flexibility and opportunities they desire after retirement. As supporters of all older adults in the community, Concordia residents and leadership dedicate time volunteering for organizations such as the Housing Authority, Sunbeam Family Services and VillagesOKC. These organizations help connect older adults in need to useful services. At Concordia, there's truly something for all interests, especially for those looking to discover something new.

To learn more about Concordia or to schedule a visit, please call (405) 252-9369. Visit their website at concordiaseniorliving.com. 98

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klahoma has been inundated with cannabis dispensaries and clinics for acquiring a medical marijuana card offering, “fast and easy approvals.” With the focus on acquiring a card, many people are missing the most essential question: who is qualified and prepared to discuss my options with me? The Doctors of Cannabis are in the business to help Oklahomans get medical marijuana cards, but their approach You can receive information on is quite different. At your free consultation, they will discuss products and dosage from a your dosage amount, dosage schedule, and different intake dispensary, but that’s not a source options. This is what makes the Doctors of Cannabis unique. you should rely on over a licensed When you arrive, you won’t wait long in the waiting area physician. The dispensary’s focus (if at all) before you are shown to one of the private rooms (pictured above) within a relaxed environment. Next, you will is sales. Ours is care, efficacy, and education.” discuss your condition and questions with a qualified staff member to see if you are a good candidate. Then, you will —Erick Kaufman, M.D. talk privately with a board certified M.D. via an iPad who will discuss your self-care plan. You could say they offer “The Doctor Experience,” but the environment is less clinical than a typical doctor’s office. Instead, expect an inviting office with caring staff that is efficient, but not rushed. Most appointments take 20-25 minutes. While you speak with the doctor, the staff is at work processing your paperwork for a successful submission to the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) for completion. The Doctors of Cannabis offer a 100% money-back guarantee, and also will discuss possible discounts for which you might be eligible. If you are suffering from pain, anxiety, insomnia or other illness, you may benefit from guidance in finding the right strain and dosage for the best outcome. You can call The Doctors of Cannabis or go online to make an appointment, usually within a day or two.

Call to schedule a FREE money-back guaranteed appointment. This might be the treatment that is right for you without addictive, expensive pharmaceuticals.

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Valliance Bank was established in Oklahoma City in 200, as a financial partner to business owners, executives, and individuals interested in customi'ed solutions to their banking needs. A true community bank, Valliance has grown to include banks in orman, Oklahoma, and Fort Worth and McKinney, Texas  All chartered to focus specifically on the needs of their local customers. Valliance Bank believes that giving back to the communities that support the bank is an important responsibility and part of the bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission. As such, a spirit of volunteerism and community service to support various causes and organi'ations is encouraged among our employees throughout the year. Each year bank employees dedicate hundreds of hours of service by developing and maintaining roles in local organi'ations and non-profits to help identify and address needs within our communities. In 2018, employees generously shared their time and expertise with +- different organi'ations and causes. Our commitment to our communities is vast. Our employee volunteerism and financial support finances over $1.7 million in community development loans to help provide for affordable housing, economic development, and revitali'ation/stabili'ation of our local communities.

"Educating our communities about financial matters and protecting their mone is not onl part of our values, but also is considered one of our greatest responsibilities." We also understand that educating our communities about financial matters and protecting their money is not only part of our values but also is considered one of our greatest responsibilities. Protecting your hard-earned money from scammers and thieves is something we take seriously. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve invested in the latest banking technology and products to help our customers be protected from fraudsters. We are committed to offering you the best products, services, and banking experience possible1 Contact us today for more information about accounts, rates, and services specifically tailored to adult seniors.

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Norman Office 2612 Tee Circle Norman, OK 73069

405.321.2257

www.faithhospice.com

Faith Hospice Services At Faith Hospice, we offer the highest possible care for your loved ones. We are able to allow comfort and high quality of life during the toughest moments. To enter hospice, you do not have to be bedridden, hospitalized, or in acute pain. Our services include:

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Coordination of Care 24/7 Rapid Response Care Respite care Bereavement care

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Pain and symptom management Spiritual care We Honor Veterans Program 5 Wishes Program Expertise

WHO’S ON THE CARE TEAM? • • • • • • • •

Your personal physician Our hospice medical director Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses Certified home health aides Social workers Chaplains Trained volunteers Speech, physical and occupational therapists

“We would never have made it without your help, your care, being there and your prayers. You are very special to us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!” -Charlotte

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CAR ACCIDENTS I DRUG SIDE EFFECTS I DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS I BIRTH INJURIES McIntyre Law represents clients throughout Oklahoma and the United States. If you or a loved one has experienced an injury that you believe was caused by the negligence of someone else, please contact us to discuss your legal options.

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Agape Road

A social model hospice house.

OKC’s first social model hospice By Julie Brown, RN, Executive Director

What do you do when your loved one is nearing the end of their life and you are unable to care for them around the clock? You can’t afford private caregivers and a nursing home is not where you want them to pass away. Agape Road will be a new option for Oklahoma City area residents. This will be a place your loved one can come and be our guest in a homelike environment. They will be cared for by loving people with expertise in end-of-life care. A social model hospice is a community-based organization that offers physical, emotional and spiritual support to terminally ill persons.

Who is Agape Road for? Agape Road will provide 24-hour care using paid caregivers and trained volunteers, at no cost to the patient or their families. Your loved ones must be with a local hospice, have a valid Do-Not-Resuscitate order, and have a life expectancy of 30 days or less. One family member can stay 24/7 and assist with caregiving if they wish. Pets can visit, too. We believe that caring for someone in their last days is sacred, that all people are worthy of love and deserve to live out their life with dignity and peace. We want to relieve the stress and fear of the unknown for our guests and their families. We do not turn anyone away due to social, economical or religious affiliations.

No one should die alone, in pain, or in fear. Agape means love, love by choice and by an act of the will. The word denotes unconquerable benevolence and undefeatable goodwill. It’s God’s unconditional love. This is who we are at Agape Road. We are almost there. Help us meet this significant need in the Oklahoma City area. You can make a one-time donation or a recurring donation. Donations can be mailed to 8212 Rambling Rd, OKC, OK 73132 or you can go to our website at agaperoad.org. Any amount helps. God bless you!

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Are you afraid of draining your life’s savings to pay for long-term care? By Denis P. Rischard, esq. An illness that requires an elderly spouse’s admission to a nursing home due to late-stage Alzheimer’s disease, a disabling stroke, etc., can result in significant emotional turmoil and potential financial distress for the elderly couple and their adult children. One of the most pressing questions for low-to middleincome Oklahomans (and Americans) is: How will we pay for nursing home care and still have enough money to care for the spouse who continues to live at home? (How to pay for the cost of long-term care without going broke?) Oklahoma participates in the federal Medicaid Program established by Title XIX of the Social Security Act (“the Medicaid Act”).42 U.S.C. 1396, et seq. Under the Medicaid Act, states receive federal funding to dispense assistance to qualified needy individuals. In 2005, Congress amended the Medicaid Act through the Deficit Reduction Act (“DRA”), establishing legitimate means by which an individual or couple can reduce excess resources without incurring penalties for purposes of Medicaid eligibility. Congress has authorized the use of various planning “tools” that allow elderly Americans to qualify for a state’s Medicaid long-term care benefits while protecting assets for the benefit of the “community spouse” – the one who doesn’t need to go to a nursing home and would prefer to continue to live as part of his or her community. One of these premiere tools is the purchase of a “Medicaid Compliant Annuity,” which allows for the spend down of a couples’ excess resources to the level required for the institutionalized spouse to become financially eligible for Medicaid long-term care benefits. An “MCA” is an annuity that: (1) is irrevocable and nonassignable; (2) is actuarially sound; and (3) provides for payments in equal amounts during the term of the annuity with no deferral and no balloon payments. At Rischard & Associates, firm founder and managing partner Denis Rischard and his team help Oklahomans navigate the potential emotional and financial hazards

RISCHARD & ASSOCIATES

Protecting Your Assets from Long-Term

Care Costs

Elder Law attorney, Denis P. Rischard, works diligently to help Oklahoma seniors protect their assets from devastating long-term care costs. found along the path of debilitating illnesses that cause a spouse or loved one to require nursing home care and leave the remaining family members facing the prospect of financial devastation due to the high cost of “private pay” nursing home care. Utilization of Medicaid Compliant Annuity planning is just one of the ways Mr. Rischard and his firm help protect the rights of Oklahoma’s elderly. It is important to us that your objectives are met now and carried out after you are gone. We serve our clients with professional integrity as we help them protect their hard-earned assets from the devastating costs of long-term care.

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Locally owned & operated

Why Use A Staffing Agency? 1. Try before you buy! –We give you an opportunity to evaluate a candidate before you commit. 2. Take the hassle out of hiring. –We take the extra steps to learn about your company and staff. 3. Customized hiring pool. –We tailor a hiring pool to fit your business goals and needs.

We Handle Your: • Employee taxes • Unemployment • Worker’s comp • Background checks • Drug screening • Weekly payroll

4. We screen, recruit, and evaluate. –We handle all the necessary paperwork for any potential candidate.

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Confused About Senior Care Options? We Can Help! At no cost to you, we can help find the best senior care solution for you or your loved ones. Senior Care Referral Services of Oklahoma works with: • Independent Living • Assisted Living • Memory Care • Respite Care • Home Health Care & Hospice • Private Duty In-Home Care • Residential Care Homes

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The Lakes

Newly remodeled Skilled Nursing wing with large private suites and separate dining room SKILLED NURSING If you or a loved one needs short-term, skilled nursing after a hospital stay, The Lakes offers: • IV Therapy • Negative Pressure Wound Therapy • Certified Wound Care Nurse • Management of complex illnesses and comorbidities including care of the obese, hemodialysis, and diabetes • Pulmonary Management • Post-operative care management

REHABILITATIVE CARE Our rehab services include the following: • An updated Therapy Gym featuring BioDex balance equipment and mobility program

24-HR LONG-TERM CARE For those unable to live independently at home, The Lakes provides 24-hour nursing care, with all the comforts of home.

• LSVT certification which focuses on Parkinson's disease, MS and other neurological conditions

• Respite care

• Ampcare - Dysphagia treatment for patients who suffer from swallowing difficulties

• Dialysis transportation to contracted facilities

• Outpatient therapy

• Restorative Nurse Aid program • Partnerships for end-of-life care

• Restaurant-style dining

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Home care can allow you to stay in your home as you age. 9 out of 10 seniors Home care can youhomes. to stay Our in your home you age. 9 out of 10 seniors prefer to age in allow their own trained andasexperienced caregivers provide prefer to age in their own homes. Our trained and experienced caregivers provide the extra support you or a loved one may need to stay at home. the extra support you or a loved one may need to stay at home. Home care helps you stay independent longer. Our caregivers provide support ™ to Home care helps youliving, stay independent longer. Our caregivers provide support prowith activities of daily while also using our Balanced Care Method ™ to pro™ with activities of daily living, while also using our Balanced Care Method mote longevity and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method to boost brain health. ™ to boost brain health. mote longevity and our Cognitive Method We promote safety in the home byTherapeutics preventing falls, medication mix-ups, and We promote safety in the home by preventing falls, medication mix-ups, and other accidents. other accidents. Home care is personalized assisted living. Our care plans at Home Care AssisHome care is personalized Our care at HomeCaregivers Care Assistance are tailored specificallyassisted to meetliving. your needs andplans preferences. tance are tailored specifi cally to meet your needs and preferences. Caregivers are expertly matched and managed by our client care team to ensure the highest are expertly matched managed by our client care team toavailable ensure the quality of care and to and ensure your satisfaction. Caregivers are forhighest a few quality of care and ensure your satisfaction. Caregivers are available for a few hours every day or to around-the-clock. hours every day or around-the-clock. Home care supports advanced care needs. Our caregivers are experienced Home care supports care needs. Our caregivers arefrom experienced and trained to supportadvanced older adults who are transitioning home the hospital, and trainedfrom to support older who are transitioning home from the hospital, recovering a stroke or aadults major-medical procedure, or managing chronic recovering from a stroke or a major-medical procedure, or managing chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or diabetes. conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or diabetes.

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What We Do PROVIDE a comprehensive examination, which will allow you to use your best functional vision. IDENTIFY the best magnification and proper lighting to meet your reading and writing goals.

OFFER visual skills training. ASSIST with training at home to ensure safety and independence. TEACH expert Braille instruction and use of technologies to meet your personal and professional goals.

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Are you living with vision loss due to macular degeneration, stroke, glaucoma or other eye diseases? Have your doctors told you there is nothing else they can do for you?

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There’s a lot to love here.

We have a continuum of care and wellness choices in your neighborhood. We help you prepare for the care you might need down the road, so whether you need specialized clinical care at home or senior living accommodations that offer assistance with daily activities like dressing or bathing, Brookdale offers innovative care options for seniors and their families.

Brookdale Bethany

Brookdale Oklahoma City Southwest

Assisted Living 4101 North Council Road Bethany, Oklahoma 73008

Brookdale Edmond Danforth Assisted Living 116 West Danforth Road Edmond, Oklahoma 73003

Brookdale Norman

Brookdale Edmond Santa Fe Assisted Living 1500 North Santa Fe Avenue Edmond, Oklahoma 73003

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Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 10001 South May Avenue Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73159

Assisted Living 1701 East Alameda Street Norman, Oklahoma 73071

Brookdale Village A Brookdale Managed Community

Assisted Living Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 2333 Manchester Drive Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73120

For more information, contact (855) 336-8691. 161201 JM

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Get to the Right Place with Brookdale Senior Living.

Brookdale is here to assist your family through each step in the search for senior living. Whether you’re beginning your search or just have questions, you’ll find the help you need to make a thoughtful, well-informed decision. We’re ready to listen, understand and partner to find the right options for you or your loved one.

Independent Living Assisted Living Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care

To visit a Brookdale community in the Oklahoma City area, call (855) 336-8691.

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Looking for Home Care?

ASK QUESTIONS! Whether you are a se nior living on your own, with an ag ing spouse, or you have an aging pa rent here are some things to keep in mind when choosing home care:

• Is the home care com pany licensed by the state? (Companies are reviewed annually to determine eligibility. ) • Do they provide one-o n-one and continued training wit h their caregivers? • Are caregivers emplo yed by the company instead of being contra ct labor? • Does the provider inc lude the client and family members in devel oping the plan of care?

• Can they provide a list

of references?

SYNERGY HomeCare ANSWERS YES to ALL of these!

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ix years ago, Weama Kassem, CEO and President of SYNERGY HomeCare, began her business with a love and passion for serving others. Today, Weama has a team of professionals with the same heartfelt drive. The team has accomplished some incredible things—always putting their clients’ needs and happiness first.

Our Promise TeamTM can be there within 2 HOURS! • 24-hour availability Phone access to management 24/7 • Supervising RNs on staff Caregivers are W2 employees, not contracted No minimum hour requirement and no contracts ONE OF OKLAHOMA’S LARGEST CARE PROVIDERS TO VETERANS See the full article about SYNERGY HomeCare on pages 4 and 5!

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Oklahoma Senior Journal Magazine - Winter/Spring 2019-20  

Oklahoma Senior Journal Magazine - Winter/Spring 2019-20 - The original senior publication in Oklahoma for the 50 & over community. This is...

Oklahoma Senior Journal Magazine - Winter/Spring 2019-20  

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