Active Aging Week

Redefining Aging

Celebrating aging and the benefi ts of active living at any age, Active Aging Week showcases the capabilities of older adults as fully participating members of society. Initiated in 2003 by the International Council on Active Aging®, the weeklong campaign calls attention to and wholeheartedly celebrates the positivity of aging today. It showcases the capabilities of older adults as fully participating members of society and spotlights the role models that lead the way.

Active Aging Week challenges society’s diminished expectations of aging by showing that, regardless of age or health conditions, adults over 50 can live as fully as possible in all areas of life—physical, social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, vocational and environmental. The objective of the annual healthpromotion event is to give as many older adults as possible the means to experience wellness activities and exercise in a safe, supportive environment. It also promotes the benefi ts of healthier, more active lifestyles across the life span.

The OMM Wellness Team invites you to take part in this year’s Active Aging Week focusing on “Redefi ning Aging” the week of September 30-October 4. Each day there will be several different events planned around campus.

“Learn Something New” Participate in the word games, campus wide crosswords and a presentation by Dr. John Ervin.

“Always Remind People You Care” Join us for Prayer Power Hour and Give a Hug, Get a Hug!

“Get Out and About and Drive Safely” Take a trip to the Tallgrass Prairie or learn about Driver Safety and participate in CarFit.

“Pay It Forward” Give advice to the next generation or participate in the OMM Spelling Bee.

“Be the Rainbow in Someone Else’s Cloud” Take the opportunity to share thoughtful phrases with your friends. You will also be able to get outside and have some fun in the Annual Shuffl eboard Tournament and outdoor games!

TimeSlips Announces NextGen Intergenerational Pilot Sites

August 27, 2019

In partnership with LeadingAge, we are very excited to announce the launch of our NextGen program! NextGen is an expansion of TimeSlips programming into high schools, youth-serving programs, and colleges/universities. This summer 13 NextGen pilot partner faculty and staff got trained and certified in TimeSlips and are now prepared to guide students through their own experience over the coming school year. These schools and youth programs will collaborate with aging services partners/LeadingAge member organizations that will host students for hands on creative programming with elders. The two main goals of this intergenerational work are to reduce the stigma of aging and dismantle stereotypes held between elders and youth as well as to increase the number of young people going into the field of creative aging. 

We are proud to announce our NextGen Pilot Partners:

  • Alverno College (Milwaukee, WI) in partnership with local Memory Cafes and Clement Manor
  • ArtStart (New York, NY/Milwaukee, WI)
  • ArtWorks for Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI) in partnership with St. Ann Intergenerational Care, Stein Campus
  • ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (Tempe, AZ) in partnership with Mesa Arts Center
  • Chemeketa Community College (McMinnville, OR) in partnership with Friendsview Retirement Community
  • George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) in partnership with InSight Memory Care
  • Jefferson Humanities & Health (Philadelphia, PA) Old City Presbyterian Apartments
  • Macalester College (St Paul, MN) in partnership with Lyngblomsten Senior Housing, Healthcare, and Services
  • Oral Roberts University (Tulsa, OK) in partnership with Oklahoma Methodist Manor 
  • Stockton University (Galloway, NJ) in partnership with Seashore Gardens Living Center, Eastern Pines Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, and Spring Village at Galloway
  • UCLArts and Healing, ALMA (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of Wisconsin/Whitewater (Whitewater, WI) in partnership with Fairhaven Senior Services
  • Western Kentucky University CORE – Community of Respected Elders (Bowling Green, KY) in partnership with Signature of Bowling Green

STARS Employees for the Month of September

We are excited to announce the STARS of the Month: Lillian Boyd in Housekeeping and Dunel Calixte a C.M.A. in Holliman Assisted Living Center. Please congratulate these outstanding OMM employees.

Dunel is one of the STARS of Holliman Assisted Living Center. He is a C.M.A. and has been with OMM since June of 2010. “I am grateful to work at OMM because I have the opportunity to bring joy into the lives of many members,” said Dunel. He was born in Jamaica and even lived in Montreal, Canada for a few years, which is where he learned to speak French. He then moved to Scranton, PA where he graduated from Newport Pacific High School. He received his college degree from Tulsa Junior College. He enjoys photography, writing poetry and visiting people in nursing homes and hospitals. He has one grown son who lives in Florida.

“Dunel does not let the physical barriers of our campus limit the relationships with people whom he serves and has served in the past.” – Jacob Will, Director of Assisted Living

Lillian is a native Oklahoman, who was born in Stillwell, OK. She graduated from Cave Springs High School. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family. Her favorite holiday is Christmas because she spends it with her family, surround by kids and laughter. Lillian has been on the OMM Housekeeping team for almost two years. One of the things she likes most about working at OMM is “Getting to know the people I clean for and hearing their stories!” Lillian loves the Housekeeping team and thinks all the other employees are great. She is the mother of five children, ranging in ages from 9 to 33 (two girls and three boys.) She also makes an amazing Indian taco!

“Lillian has become integral part of our team. She is well liked and complimented often from the members she serves.” – Cathy Green, Housekeeping Manager

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