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See the latest happenings at our Baltimore County retirement community.

Shared Experience Unites Resident, Employee of Oak Crest

Mar 30, 2017

Parkville, Maryland— In some cases, decades separate their ages, but shared experiences provide the foundation for strong bonds between residents and employees of Oak Crest.

Take Brittany Woodard, a Sales Associate at the Erickson Living retirement community. When not working at Oak Crest, she serves her country as an Airman First Class in the United States Air Force Reserves. Since enlisting in January, 2016, Brittany continues to train with a goal of a promotion in sight. Her interest in the military began in high school when she entered the JROTC.

This past January 20, after President Donald...

Oak Crest Appoints Kevin Goedeke as Associate Executive Director

Mar 20, 2017

Parkville, Maryland— Oak Crest retirement community appointed Kevin Goedeke to serve as Associate Executive Director.

Previously, Mr. Goedeke spent seven years as an Administrator and Executive Administrator with Mid-Atlantic Healthcare, LLC where he supported and operated skilled nursing facilities within its portfolio. In 2016, he founded Lighthouse Care Updates, a software company that provides communication and family experience solutions to senior care providers.

In his leadership position as Associate Executive Director, Mr. Goedeke will focus on strategic planning and development of the 87-acre campus that is home to more than 2,100 residents in independent living, assisted living...

Oak Crest Employees Go Above and Beyond During Winter Storm Stella

Mar 15, 2017

Parkville, Maryland-- Winter Storm Stella has come and gone! While she didn’t bring us a full-fledged blizzard, the mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain and wind made for a nasty late-winter storm.

The employees of Oak Crest didn’t let Stella stand in the way of taking care of 2,100 residents who depend on them. More than 90 employees stayed overnight Monday…and countless others made their way in on Tuesday…to make sure sidewalks were cleared, meals were served, medical care was provided and services ran smoothly.

By Tuesday evening, Mark Roussey, Executive Director of Oak Crest, issued this...

Oak Crest Team Celebrates National Social Work Month

Mar 13, 2017

Happy National Social Work Month to our team at Oak Crest!

This year's theme is “Stand Up.” Social workers stand up for millions of people each day. Nationally, they stand up by comforting people who are experiencing devastating illnesses and mental health crises, ensuring they get the best care while on the road to recovery. They stand up and support our brave military personnel, veterans and their families. They work in communities and with national, state and local government to provide services and pass legislation to stand with and help the most vulnerable.

And they stand up for...

Oak Crest Commemorates Black History Month With Story-Telling Event

Feb 22, 2017

Parkville, Maryland-- To commemorate Black History Month, Oak Crest residents and employees attended a special event showcasing the courage of African-Americans in the Underground Railroad movement. Through song, dance and music, Janice Curtis Greene, accompanied by performers David Fakunle, Deborah Pierce-Fakunle and Cheryl Hinton, told the story of Harriet Tubman, an abolitionist and brave leader of the Underground Railroad who helped hundreds of men and women escape the bonds of slavery in the 19th century.

What an honor for Oak Crest to host Mrs. Greene, an accomplished storyteller and American Griot! She has been telling African, African American...

Oak Crest Couple Celebrates 70 Years Together on Valentine's Day

Feb 15, 2017

It was the last day of school at Hamilton Junior High, and young Jack Orth saw a beautiful girl named Mary across the street at a confectionery store. He told his buddies, “I’m going to marry that girl someday.”

He finally got the nerve to ask her out, and their first date was two months later in August. That night, Jack told Mary, “I’m going to marry you someday.” Without hesitation, Mary replied, “You’re out of your mind!”

Turns out, Jack really wasn’t! Seven years later on Christmas Eve, Jack and Mary drove to a brightly decorated house...

Oak Crest Fitness & Aquatics Center Expanding Due to Popular Demand

Jan 31, 2017

Parkville, Maryland-- According to a Nielsen survey, nearly 70 percent of all New Year’s resolutions are either to “stay fit and healthy” or “lose weight.”

Residents of Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community, enjoy a “home-field advantage” to achieving their health & wellness goals all year long….with enhanced facilities just around the corner.

“I’m looking forward to so much in 2017,” stated Temica Hopson, Fitness Manger at Oak Crest. “But most of all I’m excited about our new personal training studio and the expansion of the pool and group exercise room currently scheduled to be completed...

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Celebrated at Oak Crest

Jan 24, 2017

Parkville, Maryland— Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community, honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with an intergenerational tribute luncheon on January 23.

More than 175 residents, employees and guests attended the annual event, sponsored by the Diversity and Inclusion Council. Mark Roussey, Executive Director, provided the opening remarks.

“Today in fellowship, we reflect on the impact that Dr. King continues to have on our spirit, hearts and souls,” said Mr. Roussey. “I am in awe of his faith, and his words… such as courage, clarity and compassion…guide us to live with a purpose...

Mysteries Revealed During Oak Crest’s Appraisal Event

Jan 19, 2017

Parkville, Maryland— Residents of Oak Crest retirement community lived out their version of a captivating, page-turning mystery novel on January 12.

Placed in carefully protected boxes or large carts, they brought their small furniture, porcelain pieces, miniatures, collectibles, coins, toys, books, paintings, prints, jewelry and antique weaponry to be appraised by a team of local professionals.

It was all to answer one question.

“Is it a valuable treasure or just a nice keepsake?” said Mrs. Virginia Patterson, a resident of Oak Crest whose love of the PBS program Antiques Roadshow inspired the program.

Some folks...

Baskets Bring Cheer to Oak Crest Employee Teams

Jan 12, 2017

Parkville, Maryland— There are baskets of cheer, and then there are baskets that bring cheer!

On January 4, the Leadership Team of Oak Crest acted on the latter as it filled, decorated and then distributed 63 baskets filled with goodies and winter time essentials to employee teams throughout its independent living and extended care neighborhoods. The baskets included stress balls, flash lights, ice scrapers, lip balm, eye cloths, snacks and candy.

Tina Kummelman, Human Resources Director at Oak Crest, said it was all part of starting the new year on a positive tone.

“Along with the...