Vintage Simi Hills on CBS Los Angeles

About two weeks ago, Vintage Simi Hills was ecstatic to have won the California Assisted Living Association’s 2012 Award for Innovation in Quality for their Sit & Box exercise program. On Friday, February 1st, Vintage Simi Hills was paid a visit by Amy Johnson, reporter for CBS Los Angeles. The Sit & Box program of Vintage Simi Hills has drawn attention all over Los Angeles, so CBS aired a story on the program. We at Vintage Senior Living are incredibly proud of Vintage Simi Hills for their amazing program that is helping seniors stay fit, focused, and happy!

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CONGRATULATIONS VINTAGE SIMI HILLS!

Click HERE to watch the video from channels CBS2 and KCAL9!

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Happy Veterans Day

A few Vintage Sonoma Veterans were honored VIP guests this past weekend at the Veterans Day Celebration at the Veterans Hall in Sonoma. Vintage Senior Living thanks you for your service and we are proud that you call Vintage Sonoma your home.

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Surprising Health Benefits of Cucumbers

Our interest on cucumbers here at Vintage Senior Living was sparked by the recent American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Food of the Week blog. We were so intrigued that we decided to do a little digging of our own. Here’s what we found.

Vitamins and Nutrition

  • Cucumbers contain nutrients such as Vitamins A, C and K. – WebMD.com
    • Vitamin A is necessary for good vision,
    • Vitamin C aids in your body’s ability to heal wounds, and
    • Vitamin K is essential for blood clotting and bone health.
  • Cucumbers are a great source for Potassium. – American Heart Association
    • Potassium lessens the effects of sodium in your body, thereby controlling blood pressure.
    • High blood pressure causes your arteries to become inelastic over time and leads to buildup of plaque within those arteries. This is when a heart attack can occur.

By eating potassium-rich natural food sources, you can help lessen the sodium level in your body and help your heart stay healthy and lower blood pressure.

  • Cucumbers are Magnesium rich.
    • Magnesium helps maintain muscle and nerve functions, keeps bones strong, and keeps hearth rhythm steady.
    • As reported by Livestrong.com, senior citizens are more likely to have low dietary intake of magnesium, putting seniors at a greater risk for magnesium deficiency.
    • According to the World’s Healthiest Foods, cucumbers are a good source of magnesium.

 Hydration

  • Cucumbers are over 95% water and can help with natural hydration.
    • Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that seniors are more prone to heat stress because they are more likely to take medicines that impair the body’s ability to regulate its temperature and their bodies don’t adjust well to fast changes in temperature.
    • Livestrong.com says cucumbers are a great way to keep the body hydrated and regulate the body’s inner temperature.
    • Enjoy cucumber recipes from The New York Times here.

Happy Eating!

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Resident of the Month

Vintage Senior Living’s Resident of the Month is Clifford Melikian from The Kensington in Walnut Creek, CA!

On the 30th of December in 1920 Clifford was born and raised in Fresno under the roof of Gunyas and Nuridza his father and mother along with his siblings Carl and Grace. He attended school in Fresno and graduated in the year of 1939. After graduation Clifford pursued college, but a few months later he had to make a decision between education and family. He decided to put college on hold to support his family for a while. Clifford attained a temporary job at a near by store, and before long he joined the Army and became a solider for the Untied States of America. Clifford was in the Infantry and was first stationed in France and later in Germany during WWII. When asked, he said his favorite part was, “To serve my country.” After the war Clifford went to Los Angles and studied at USC and obtained his degree in International Relations and Economics.

In his early 30s Clifford met the love of his life, Helen. They were married for 26 years until Helen passed away. She is the mother of his two sons Kenneth and Stephen. The oldest child, Kenneth, is currently a Superior Court Justice. Clifford and Helen’s youngest son, Stephen, is an Attorney. Both sons have three kids of their own now, making Clifford the grandfather of six children.

Clifford has a talent for playing the trumpet and has an ear for symphony music. He also enjoys watching his USC college football team and a good movie every now and then. Clifford enjoys being at The Kensington, and enjoys our friendly and helpful staff. His favorite things here are the overall attitude of the staff, the dining room, and especially the evening entertainment on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Congratulations Clifford on being our Resident of the Month!

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A Poem From Ced

Last week we received a beautiful poem written by Ced, one of our new assisted living residents at Vintage Brush Creek in Santa Rosa, CA. In the poem, Ced brings together different aspects of his Vintage community that’s made his experience special thus far:

“Since coming to Brush Creek two weeks ago,
It feels like my spirits are all aglow!
So many nice folks- some even make jokes!
And nobody smokes-
The food’s the best- we really are blessed.
Talented, friendly, cheerful staff
Whose good humor can make us laugh.
Alaina, Kassie, Cyndys two
Lead exercises, games, and WI-FI too!
Len’s a marvel behind the wheel
Of commuter bus or Lincolnmobile.
Entertainment’s great, music and dance-
Watch out for budding romance!
All in all, it’s hard to imagine
A nicer environment for our retirement!”
Ced Beebe 8/21/12

Thank you, Ced!

For all our poets, artists, and photographers, please share your work. We’d love to see it!

Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

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Unconditional Love From A Veteran

Vintage residents have a deep history. For many, that deep history includes memories of being an active part of the war. Each Vintage community honors these residents by putting their pictures on a “Veteran Wall.” Learn about Wallace, a veteran and his wife, Marilyn.

This story began in the city of Pasadena.  Wallace and Marilyn met when they were four years old.  They attended the same church and their mothers were friends.  Wallace lived in Montebello and Marilyn in Pasadena.  They grew up knowing each other and spending Sundays together.  They attended different schools but were friendly throughout their childhood and adolescent years.

In 1943, Wallace joined the marines and was sent to Iwo Jima with the 5th Marines.  He had just become engaged to a high school sweetheart right before departing for battle.  But after enlisting and being sent off, he reconsidered and broke the engagement, thinking it would be unfair to have his fiancé wait for him.  The next six weeks of war were very challenging ones for Wallace.  The battle was treacherous and difficult to fathom.  But Wallace persevered.

Wallace acknowledged it was a horrible war.  When the flag was raised at Mount Suribachi, he shared that a roar could be heard from all the Americans.  The point was so high, Americans could easily spot the American Flag.  “It sends a chill in me to think of it” Wallace would say.  “The flag stands for something.  It stood for a lot that day.”

Wallace was discharged in 1946.

When Wallace returned in 1946, he once again became engaged to his high school sweetheart.  Marilyn was invited to the wedding. But two weeks before, the wedding was once again called off, this time by the soon to be bride.  It was for the best as Wallace did not feel as bad as he thought he would. It simply was not meant to be and this opened the possibility of a romance with Marilyn.

Marilyn and Wallace continued to be friends throughout this time.  In fact, Wallace’s father would encourage Wallace to ask Marilyn out as he was fond of her.  Finally, after week s of prompting, Wallace did ask Marilyn out after church one Sunday.  Their first date was going to see  “I’ve Always Loved You”, a war movie.  Their courtship was quick and they become inseparable thereafter.  Their relationship continued to strengthen and their romance was alive and well!

They were married in 1947 at the Church of Roses in Pasadena (which is still there).  Marilyn was studying English literature and they moved into her mother’s home in Pasadena. Wallace found a job in the van and storage business and Marilyn found herself pregnant.  They have resided in Alhambra for 57 years with 3 children.

For 65 years, Wallace and Marilyn have been together.  They had a happy marriage, she shares, with many good times.  Wallace was firm but never got angry and never raised his voice.

They both moved to Massie Hall at California Mission Inn in July of 2011. Marilyn shared she knew it was the right place when she visited and discovered the building was built in 1926, the same year as she was born, and was originally a home for missionaries.  Her faith has always been strong.

“We love being here, it’s home” she says. “The staff is wonderful to us, from the food servers to the caregivers.  They are all kind, considerate, ready to do the next step and so good at anticipating our needs. I am so happy here!”

In March of this year, 2012, Wallace moved to Recollections.  Marilyn stayed in her apartment.  Fortunately, they are on the same floor so she can visit him frequently.  “Separating from Wallace was the hardest thing I have ever done.  But I’ve gone the road as far as I can go with Wallace and we are in the best environment now.” They still dine together as well as spend quality time together, watching Dancing with the Stars, a favorite activity.

Marilyn concludes, “We have three wonderfully supportive children and three wonderfully supportive grandchildren. We could wish for nothing more.  And here, we are surrounded by wonderful people.  We are lucky!”

For more information on how Vintage has honored our veterans, visit our YouTube channel.

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Super Soaker Alzheimer’s Fundraiser

Vintage proudly supports the Alzheimer’s Association in the fight to end Alzheimer’s. For the second year in a row Eric Dobner, Activity Director at Narrows Glen, rode his stationary bike from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on July 13th in order to raise money for the Walk To End Alzheimer’s. Donations provided the opportunity to soak Eric down with a Super Soaker. Resident Stan Allen was first in line! Eric raised $500 dollars for the Alzheimer’s Association. Thank you Eric! Call a Vintage Senior Living community near you. Join us in our efforts to end Alzheimer’s.

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Ask The Expert, Episode 4

Learn about Assisted Living – questions answered: What support is offered for seniors transitioning to assisted living? What happens when siblings disagree about moving mom or dad? What causes family issues surrounding moving to assisted living? Is guilt normal? Knowing when it’s the right thing to do – moving mom into assisted living or memory care for dementia.

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Reasons to Keep Your Sodium Low with Vintage Senior Living

Vintage takes pride in our healthy diet plans. “At Vintage, we don’t want to meet the standards, we want to go above and beyond them” says Shawn Stanchfield, Director of Food Services for Vintage Senior Living. One focus of our communities is our Low Sodium Diet.

The menus at Vintage Senior Living meet or exceed the recommendations set forth in the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) for men and women age 70+, established by the Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine, and National Academies in 2010. This includes the recommendation to limit sodium to 2300mg per day.

These are not “therapeutic” diets, but are meant to be consistent with the recommendations for a healthy elderly population. The regular diet offered by Vintage Senior Living contains ~2300mg sodium to reduce risk for transient sodium-induced hypertension.

We need sodium in our body for:

  • Marinating fluid balance
  • Nerve transmission
  • Impulse contradiction
  • Muscle contractions

If we consume too much sodium:

  • May be detrimental to bone density
  • Blood pressure/hypertension

Hypertension often has no warning signs or symptoms. The high blood pressure increases risk for heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure and kidney disease. Come visit a Vintage Senior Living near you and see how we can accommodate your health needs and help you be your healthiest.

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Resident of The Week

Ruth, a resident at Vintage Mission Viejo, was born on March 23rd, 1922 in the small town of Page, North Dakota. When Ruth was born with pyloric stenosis the doctor told her mother that they could take her to a hospital in Fargo but it was very likely that Ruth would not live. Her mother decided to keep her at home and just feed her frequent small feedings. Although she was very small and required much attention, she pulled through.

Her father was a carpenter by trade and mother was a professional seamstress. Her family owned half the city block that included barn pasture land, chicken house and a two-story building. In the summers Ruth’s siblings and friends would give plays for the neighbors in their playhouse.

Ruth graduated from high school in 1939, earning many scholarships for teaching colleges. She had really wanted to go to nursing school but it was very expensive and they wouldn’t accept anyone under 18. She went to a teachers college for 2 years and then began working as a first and second grade teacher and began organizing and directing a high school band in a small town in Minnesota as well.

On December 7th, 1941 the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. The other teachers and Ruth were just leaving their lunch break when they heard the news. Because nurses were desperately needed the government began a Cadet Nursing Program for high school graduates. This was Ruth’s chance. She was accepted to the program and began training at the University of Minnesota.

After attending nursing school she met her husband, George, and they married in 1948. After having kids her husband decided he wanted to start his own agency, Ruth soon began to miss her nursing career. So, as he started up his agency Ruth took refresher nursing classes and began working at the New Tustin Hospital as the supervisor.

In 1969, Ruth and George decided to move to Mission Viejo. All of the children were talked into the move. At the time, Mission Hospital was just being built and so Ruth worked with the new director as the assistant director to write the nursing policies and procedures. The hospital opened in 1971.

After staying home for a few years and having all her children marry, Ruth decided to start volunteering. Her current volunteering work ranges from taking blood pressure at the senior center to housing information booths at her church. We are so happy to have Ruth as part of the Vintage family, adding to the rich history that each resident brings with them.

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