At Oakmont Senior Communities, we strive to not only provide a great place for our seniors to live and thrive, but also a great place for our employees to enjoy their career. That’s why we are so proud of the longevity and dedication of the staff in many of our communities.
When it comes to longevity and dedication at Oakmont Parkway, there is no staff member who has made a bigger impact than Housekeeping Supervisor Joanne English. Now celebrating her 20th year of service to the seniors of Clinton Township, Joanne’s irreplaceable spirit, incredible work ethic, and love for her co-workers make her a truly outstanding member of the Oakmont team.
We were thrilled to celebrate this milestone with a special luncheon, engraved plaque (not pictured), and a gift of appreciation for Joanne for all she has done to make Oakmont Parkway the outstanding community that it is. We look forward to 20 more years of her fantastic efforts!
Oakmont Rochester Independent’s ongoing partnership with the Creative Arts Studio in Royal Oak has presented our residents the opportunity to try new things, be creative in new mediums, and learn more about the process of making art. From painting and pottery to mosaics and mixed media, each month brings with it a new chance to create something beautiful.
The project for the month of August was Raku Ware. A form of traditional Japanese pottery that dates back to the 16th century, Raku’s unique look and texture is brought about by first glazing a piece of dried pottery, then heating it to high temperature in a kiln, and quickly cooling it down in a reduction chamber. The results are often stunning patterns of earth tones, and depending on the glaze used, intricate colors and sheens kissed in unique patterns by the fire of the combustion.
To prepare for the day of Raku, the Creative Arts Studio created by hand a variety of unique vases. After choosing which custom vase they liked the most, residents were given the opportunity to select glazes of their choice and apply them in whichever pattern they liked. When the glazing was complete and the surfaces were dry,
On July 12th, excited groups from Oakmont Parkway, Oakmont Sterling, Oakmont Rochester Independent, Oakmont Rochester Assisted, and Oakmont Sterling Assisted enjoyed the calming waves and relaxing breeze of the Detroit River aboard an afternoon lunch cruise upon the Detroit Princess River Boat. The weather was beautiful, the space was elegant, and our residents arrived ready to set sail and enjoy an afternoon of elegance and entertainment.
The two-hour cruise treated guests to an unparalleled view of the Detroit and Windsor waterfronts, including Belle Isle State Park and the Renaissance Center. Lunch was a buffet-style affair, with freshly made options that gave everyone something to enjoy. Dessert was served and the entertainment began: the sweet sounds of the Motown tribute act The Prolifics. Dressed to the nines in their matching sequenced blue jackets, the Prolifics ran through the greatest hits of Detroit Soul including selections from the Temptations and Four Tops. They truly had everyone singing along.
Many residents ventured to the top deck to take in the sights, while others stayed on the lunch deck and danced, quite literally, to the non-stop music.
High 80s, low 90s, no rain. This kind of weather forecast is becoming all-too-familiar throughout Michigan this summer. And while these temps make it easy to get outside and enjoy a ball game or a BBQ with family and friends, they can create a potentially dangerous situation when it comes to dehydration and overheating – especially for seniors.
Along with the physiological changes of aging, many common medications and other lifestyle factors can actually make seniors more prone to dehydration-related issues and complications than younger people. That’s why we wanted to share three great tips to help seniors stay cool doing the summer season.
1. Wear the right clothes for hot temps
Along with its own set of activities, summer also has its own recommended wardrobe – with an emphasis on light, cool, and comfortable. For days like today that make it into the 90s, the Center for Disease Control recommends sticking to lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Wearing the right clothing will help your body’s natural cooling mechanisms do their job, and will help keep you from overheating.
2. Enjoy the beautiful summer weather from inside
Summer makes us want to go outside and experience the sunshine – especially after a long and bitter-cold winter.
The annual picnic on Belle Isle has become one of the most popular Oakmont traditions, and this year’s event, held on Thursday, June 28th, surely counts as one of the best!
At around 11 am, Oakmont buses from each of our communities began to pull up to Shed 7 on the Isle’s southwest side, and excited residents, family members, and staff disembarked ready to enjoy a relaxing day of food, fun, and fellowship.
Each community supplied their own picnic dishes, with fresh sandwiches, salads, fruit, chips, lemonade, and other goodies on the menu at every table. Great conversations were had; wonderful stories were shared; and friendships, new and old, were celebrated.
While lunch was served by staff members, the soothing sounds of Wixie Harrington offered the perfect soundtrack to the day, playing hits from all modern eras of music and prompting many to sing along. Ray Charles’ “Hit the Road Jack” was a particularly popular selection.
For Dessert, Screamer’s Ice Cream from Sterling Heights provided the cherry on top – allowing all attendees to indulge in many of their favorite ice cream snacks. It was the perfect treat for the warm June afternoon.