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Oak Crest Residents, Edgewood High School Students Sing--For a Lifetime!

Apr 9, 2014
PARKVILLE, MD---The performers of the Oak Crest Village Chorus and the Edgewood High School Chamber Singers  collaborated on concerts held at the Erickson Living retirement community on the evenings of April 6th and 7th. The two concerts featured individual and combined performances under the direction of Sallie Horner (Oak Crest) and Jeffrey Winfield (Edgewood High School).  During the one-hour performances, the choirs sang eighteen selections and ended with "Rhythm of Life", which can be heard here [caption id="attachment_109822" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The performers of the Oak Crest Village Chorus and the Edgewood High School Chamber Singers...

Oak Crest Residents, Edgewood High School Students to Sing-- For a Lifetime!

Apr 1, 2014
PARKVILLE, MD---The performers of the Oak Crest Village Chorus and the Edgewood High School Chamber Singers will collaborate on two concerts to be held at the Erickson Living retirement community on the evenings of April 6th and 7th. The concert will feature individual and combined performances under the direction of Sallie Horner (Oak Crest) and Jeffrey Winfield (Edgewood High School). While the music promises to be beautiful, the intergenerational connection in advance of the concerts has been inspiring. Over the last three months, the resident singers of Oak Crest retirement community and the student singers of Edgewood High School have...

Oak Crest Extended Care Neighborhood Receives Highest Rating from U.S. News & World Report

Mar 28, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC--The extended care neighborhood of Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community in Parkville, MD, has received the highest possible overall rating of five stars in U.S. News & World Report's sixth annual Best Nursing Homes, available exclusively at http://www.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes . The Best Nursing Homes 2014 ratings highlight the top nursing homes in each city and state, out of nearly 16,000 facilities nationwide.  U.S. News' goal is to help the millions of Americans who will spend time in a nursing home in 2014 find a home with a strong track record of good care.  According to Centers for...

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...