March Issue of The Trail Mix

In This Issue:

Why Choose a Senior Living Community!
Steve Dickie, CEO of Trinity Woods, discusses the most frequently asked questions and what Trinity Woods residents say about living here. Learn more about Tulsa senior living and if the choice is right for you. It’s spring and a great time to get more active. Make sure you checkout the articles on spiritual and physical health.

March STAR Employees of the Month are announced – Carlena and David!

March Wellness
This month kicks off with a fully staged musical featuring Pete ‘n’ Keeley. We also welcome Scott McQuade, jazz pianist, for the first time in concert on campus. The month won’t be complete without “Supper and a Show” the entertainment will feature “swing” and a great meal!

New Neighbors
Meet John and Mary Alice, Allen and Marcia, and Red and June!

Black History Month

By Weldon Tisdale, Chaplain

February is Black History Month. February is also said to be the month of love.

First John 4:7–10 deals with the theme of love. Here, John explains how true, godly love in a person’s life is a sign of being born again. Those who sincerely love God will act on that love, towards other people. Those who don’t demonstrate love have no fellowship with God. Love is something God showed us first,
by sending Christ. Our love for Him is ultimately rooted in His original love for us. We are reminded that true love involves acting, not just feeling. It is through this loving action that we live and have access to eternal life. Ultimately, Love is the Key to Life and Living.

John begins by addressing his readers as “beloved.” First, believers are to “love one another.” This reflects both the commandments of Jesus (John 13:34–35), and John’s prior teaching on recognizing a life influenced by Christ (1 John 2:7– 11).

Second, the reason we are to love one another is because “God is love,” therefore, “love is from God.” The ability to act lovingly towards others is one of the benefits of a close relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ gave us the greatest commandments in Mark 12: 30-31, “And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love you neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. Maya Angelou

Third, the person who truly loves God has “been born of God and knows God.” The person who is “born of God” is a born-again believer (John 3). This should result in that person “knowing” God. No person can truly love others apart from God’s love. Those who demonstrate Godly love prove that they belong
to God. My hope is that we live out the command to love, this month and forever.

February STARS Employee of the Month

Emi Baggett, LPN, Household Manager Chapman Heights/ Buehler Place

» Start Date: May 2022
» Raised: Welch, Oklahoma
» Education: Crowder College, Neosho, MO
» Wanted to be as a Kid: Nurse or Teacher
» One Meal Forever: Spaghetti
» Described by Friends: Tenacious and Vivacious
» Hobbies: Watching her kids play sports
» Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving – family and food!
» Favorite Quote or Bible Verse: “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela
» First Car: Ford Mustang
» Favorite Movie: The Blind Side
» Fun Fact: Competed in dance at a national level starting at the age of six.
» Family: Engaged and have three children
» What her supervisor says: “Emi’s energetic presence creates positivity wherever she goes. Emi is an
advocate for Trinity Woods’ elders, their families, and staff.” – Cheryl Hrdlicka, Director of Nursing

Tax Laws Changes and Planning Your Legacy: Brunch and Learn

Make A Plan: If you’re like most people, you’ve probably entered this year with a burst of anticipation
and motivation to make new changes and positive resolutions.

This is a great time to look to the past and plan for the future, but planning takes time, effort, and sometimes a little expertise, especially when it comes to developing your estate plan. If you already have an estate plan in place, and it has been more than several years, it may be a good time to have it reviewed as there have been many tax law changes. Think of it as a “second opinion”.

Did you know on January 1st noteworthy tax changes take effect? These changes can represent net tax reductions and other tax cuts. In the past two years as states have had to respond to burgeoning revenues, greater tax competition in an era of enhanced mobility, and the impact of high inflation on residents.

This month Trinity Woods is offering an opportunity to learn more about tax changes, reviewing your plan, and planning for your legacy. Join us on Thursday, February 23 at 10 a.m. for a “Brunch and Learn.”

Our guest speaker will be Mark Loeber. Mark partners with Trinity Woods to assist our residents and their families with these types of conversations. He has over 34 years of specialization in the areas of estate, financial and charitable gift planning. There is no cost to attend or obligation to use our services.

At Trinity Woods, we understand the value of proper planning and the impact it can make today as well as tomorrow. As a service to you, we are here to discuss starting a plan or reviewing your existing plan. For more information or to RSVP to the event, please call 918.346.6671 or email

February STARS Employee of the Month

Irene Brown, Life Enrichment Coordinator

» Start Date: October 2012
» Born and Raised: Tulsa, OK
» Education: Emory University, majored in music and French
» Wanted to be as a Kid: General Director of an Opera Company
» Favorite Sport: Tennis
» One Meal Forever: Cheese
» Hobbies: Swimming, cooking and regaining piano skills
» First Job: Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa
» Favorite Recipe: Asparagus Casserole
» Favorite Movie: Babette’s Feast
» Favorite Book: The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
» Free Time: Reading, crosswords and exploring new places
» Fun Fact: Recently won 3rd Place in a poetry contest by the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry.
» Fun Fact: Competed in dance at a national level starting at the age of six.
» Family: Married with two children
» What her supervisor says: “I have had the pleasure of working with Irene for 10 years. She is always willing to jump in and take care of whatever is needed and when we need it the most. She is the definition of “team player” and is a true blessing to our community. Irene upholds the Trinity Woods mission and vision in all her planning and programs.” – Dennis Graham, COO

Heart Month: Time to Love Your Heart

Since 1964, when President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first proclamation, February has been dedicated as “American Heart Month.” Johnson was one of the millions of Americans to have suffered a heart attack. Today, cardiovascular disease is still the leading cause of death in America. According to the CDC, every 34 seconds one person dies from cardiovascular disease; that’s 1 in every 5 deaths. But you can still do a lot to protect your heart by practicing self-love.

In February much of the focus is on Valentine’s Day and sharing love with others. It’s also okay to practice self-love, too. Self-love is a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that
support our physical, psychological, and spiritual growth. This can be a challenge to many, but it’s easier than you think to show your heart love each day.

Self-love means taking care of the spirit, mind, and body and making yourself a priority in your life. Some examples of some simple things are:
• Physical activity – a brisk 30-minute walk a few times a week.
• Cooking meals that are low in sodium and unhealthy fats.
• Getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
• Managing stress through activities such as yoga, meditation, and prayer.
• Spending time with good friends, or quiet time with a good book or funny movie.
• Grabbing fruits and veggies when hunger strikes and keeping well hydrated.
• Managing health issues such as diabetes and hypertension.
• Taking medications as prescribed and keeping medical appointments.
• Being grateful rather than holding resentments.

Remember, each day is another opportunity to succeed. It may require the help of friends, family, and health providers but the efforts are worth the gain. Loving yourself is worth the effort. Visit for resources and tools to help you make heart healthy lifestyle changes.

February Issue of The Trail Mix

In This Issue:

New Year and Making A Plan!
This month we are hosting a “Brunch and Learn” with special guest Mark Loeber from The Advancement Group. Mark has over 34 years of experience in estate and charitable giving planning and regulations. A new year always brings new information about changes in tax laws and philanthropic guidelines. This seminar will be a great way to learn ways to save on taxes and make a plan for your legacy.

February is also Heart Health month – Lupina Fry, TW Wellness Nurse share some simple ways to improve your heart health.

We also announce the February STARS Employees of the Month – Emi and Irene!

February Wellness
We are excited to host the Tulsa Youth Symphony Chamber, a special book club and the annual Valentine Celebration of Friendship, Community and Love events. The Wellness Team also welcomes its newest team member Alison, the Spann Wellness Center Manager.

New Neighbors
Meet Ed! And this month there is a special story about Trinity Woods Health Care member Leroy, that you will not want to miss!

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