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.
Oakmont Senior Communities would like to congratulate our Director of Sales and Marketing, Martha Teller, on her retirement. After a long and successful career of more than four decades in the workforce, Martha has stepped down from her position with Oakmont to enjoy her time with her husband and family, and pursue creative passion projects at her leisure.
Since joining the Oakmont Team, Martha used her unique skills, talents, and abilities to help build our brand, brighten our communities, and make Oakmont a special place to live and work. Beyond the duties of her position, Martha’s kind demeanor and caring heart also helped her to build many close relationships with our residents and their families from whom we have received countless well-wishes on her behalf.
Despite our sadness at losing Martha, we are so grateful and proud of what she accomplished for our organization, and truly wish her the best during her much-deserved retirement.
A Day to Remember for Bruce
If you don’t know Bruce personally, then there’s a good chance you know his work. A leader in water closet engineering, Bruce is responsible for developing the first pressure-assisted water closet flush technology, which is now found in 60% of all homes in the United States.
After a long and successful career, and raising their son Chris with his wife Sue, Bruce moved into Oakmont Rochester Assisted, where he quickly struck up a friendship with Janell, the building’s activity director, and Michele, Oakmont’s Regional Manager. Delighted by Bruce’s friendship and good nature, both Janell and Michele decided they wanted to do something special for him.
Without letting Bruce in on the secret, Janell began to plan a big surprise. She asked him to keep a certain date in June free on his calendar and told him she was going to take him out to lunch. “It all started months ago when Janell told me to reserve a date in June for a trip,” Bruce said. “I was convinced we were going to a hamburger joint.”
Though Janell may have promised a hamburger joint, where she really wanted to take Bruce was much,