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Oak Crest Opens Intermissions Enrichment Program

Mar 27, 2014
PARKVILLE, MD---Residents and employees of Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community, cut the ribbon on the new Intermissions Enrichment Program at a ceremony held in February. The Intermissions Enrichment  Program at Oak Crest offers a meaningful array of creative and therapeutic experiences to promote success, enjoyment and independence within a safe, familiar environment.  Built on personal interests, individual strengths & abilities, the day program provides a comfortable and dignified approach to engage participants and maximize: • Mental function & attention • Memory • Self-expression • Communication Tammy Willis, MT-BC, is the Program Coordinator.  "Intermissions truly serves a dual purpose.  Caregivers...

Oak Crest to Tip Off March Madness with Hoops Competition

Mar 17, 2014
PARKVILLE, MD---Can Wichita State go undefeated?  Will Louisville repeat?  Is someone really going to win a billion dollars from Warren Buffett for a perfect bracket? March Madness brings compelling hoops questions each and every year.  But at Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community in Parkville, the intrigue centers around a friendly competition that tips-off the post-season locally. On Wednesday, March 19th at 11am, residents of Oak Crest will test their free-throw shooting skills at the community's Annual March Madness competition. Coordinated by the fitness center of Oak Crest, the event features three divisions: men, women and mixed teams for...

Are You an IDEAL Ager? If So, the NIA Is Looking For You!

Mar 5, 2014
PARKVILLE, MD---Researchers from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) in Baltimore, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), want to know why some people live in excellent health into their 80s, 90s and beyond while others face failing health much sooner. To unlock the secret of exceptional aging, researchers are recruiting healthy, active seniors 80 years and beyond for the IDEAL Study ("Insight into the Determinants of Exceptional Aging & Longevity"). The "exceptional agers" who qualify for the IDEAL study can walk a quarter of a mile unassisted and without pain or shortness of breath, have no significant memory...

Oak Crest Resident Is "Talking to You" With First Book

Feb 17, 2014
PARKVILLE, MD---Ray Dunton loves technology as much as anyone.  He owns a cell phone and computer, and he utilized video equipment throughout his career. In recent years, though, the Baltimore native couldn't help but notice how these gadgets have changed the way people relate.  "I'm reminded of the quote by Albert Einstein that 'technology will surpass our human interaction,'" stated Mr. Dunton, a resident of Oak Crest retirement community. Mr. Dunton has transformed one of his favorite hobbies, writing, into his first professionally published book that explores this dichotomy.   I'm Talking to You About Thought-Provoking Events and Places is a...

Oak Crest Pastoral Ministries Manager Offers Advice on Seeking a Spiritual Journey

Feb 6, 2014
PARKVILLE, MD---A month into 2014, people are shedding a few pounds, hitting the exercise bikes and doing financial planning as paths to self-improvement. But what about spiritual growth as a goal for a new year? Jim Truitt offers perspective on this question.  He is the Senior Community Resources Manager for the Pastoral Ministries Department at Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community. "The spiritual journey is not a popular resolution because we've become an entertainment and consumer society.  People are typically influenced by what is reflected around them," stated Mr. Truitt.  "Those cultural influences rarely tout inward deliberation." Seeking spiritual...

Oak Crest Names Michael Friedel as Director of Continuing Care

Jan 31, 2014
PARKVILLE, MD---Oak Crest retirement community announced the promotion of Michael Friedel to the position of Director of Continuing Care. Previously, Mr. Friedel served as the Assisted Living Manager at the Erickson Living community in northeast Baltimore County. He succeeds John Lurz, who was named as a Vice President for Continuing Care for Erickson Living, the manager and developer of Oak Crest. With Oak Crest since 2011, Mr. Friedel brings a wealth of health care administrative experience to his new leadership position.  He has served as a nursing home administrator in Pennsylvania and an executive director of an assisted living facility...

Lifted by Song and the Power of Dreams, Oak Crest Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan 22, 2014
PARKVILLE, MD---Mother Nature and her snow could not chill the power of dreams and song that filled the campus of Oak Crest retirement community. Over 120 residents, employees and special guests attended a breakfast on January 22nd to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The event began with the reciting of the "I Have a Dream" speech by Dr. Lloyd Bowser of the Oak Crest Medical Center. Mark Roussey, the associate executive director of Oak Crest, stated that "the fact that Dr. King was willing to lose his life for the cause of civil rights...

Evelyn McGreal's World Adventure Comes Full Circle

Jan 17, 2014
[caption id="attachment_93849" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Evelyn McGreal, a resident of Oak Crest retirement community, was honored by the Saudi Arabian government for participating in the Antiquities Homecoming Project. The event took place in Houston, TX. Pictured from left to right are Annise Parker, Mayor of Houston, Ms. McGreal, Saudi Prince Sultan and Abdulrahaman Al-Wuhaib, Saudi Aramco Vice President.[/caption] PARKVILLE, MD---A graduate of the Mercy Hospital nursing school program in 1953, Evelyn McGreal always sought to explore the world.  Answering a job advertisement posted in the New York Times would do just that.  By responding to the American Arabian...

Oak Crest to Commemorate the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Breakfast Event

Jan 16, 2014
PARKVILLE, MD---Residents, employees and special guests of Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community, will commemorate the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at an intergenerational breakfast celebration to be held on January 22nd at 9am. Oak Crest is honored to announce that civil rights activist Rev. Cortly C.D. Witherspoon, Sr. will provide the keynote address.  Rev. Witherspoon serves as Assistant Pastor of Faith Church in Baltimore and President of the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The event will also feature inspirational musical performances from soloist Devonna B. Rowe as well as the...

Trio of Holiday Projects at Oak Crest Capture Spirit of Season

Dec 19, 2013
PARKVILLE, MD---A trio of seasonal traditions provided residents and employees of Oak Crest with opportunities to help people locally and a world away. Their efforts benefitted the missions of Operation Christmas Child, the Baltimore Area Command of the Salvation Army and a quartet of charities during the community's Day of Giving. Gary Hibbs is the Executive Director of Oak Crest.  "It is so rewarding to see the enthusiasm generated by these projects, planned months ago, take fruition during the holiday season," stated Mr. Hibbs.  "Our mission is to share our gifts to create communities that celebrate life.  Truly, the Oak...