By Lupina Fry, Wellness Nurse
When the weather thaws, plants begin to book and the days get longer, its Springtime, and nothing makes you feel better than being outdoors. We shouldn’t take the power of Spring for granted. While we enjoy more daylight, blooming flowers, budding trees, and the breeze on our skin after being covered for
so long, we should also consider how vital those things are to our basic needs as humans.
Perhaps rather than New Year’s resolutions, it would be best to initiate change in the Springtime when activity lures us outdoors and into the sunshine. A study in Brisbane, Australia, looked at urbanization as one of the most important health crisis issues of the 21st century, with cities becoming epicenters for chronic, non-communicable physical and mental health conditions. There is a growing recognition of the vital importance urban green spaces play in addressing public health.
Being outdoors regularly, an average of 30 minutes, can help reduce blood pressure, lower mortality from cardiovascular disease, improve perceived general health and mental well-being, decrease stress, and promote positive health behavior and activities, and it leads to less depression and loneliness.
At Trinity Woods, we are blessed to enjoy many beautiful, inviting green spaces around us. They are easily accessible by all; spaces that entice us outdoors in the Spring. As Alison McMillan, Wellness Manager, reminds us, “There are so many great ways to head outdoors and take advantage of the gorgeous weather.”
Maybe, you’ll find a trail or neighborhood sidewalk, soak up some Vitamin D, increase circulation, and reset your natural circadian rhythm in the sunlight. Consider planting an outdoor garden. It’s not only satisfying physically to dig in the dirt, pull weeds and prune flowers or vegetables, it’s satisfying to the mind and soul to connect with nature.
There are many ways to get outside and enjoy the Springtime weather. One of those ways is to join us outdoors for Spring Fling on Friday, June 2nd. Get together with friends, enjoy good food, maybe compete in a shuffleboard tournament, or just relax and listen to music from Tim Swanson. Join us outdoors! It’s sure to make everyone feel great about being alive!
Month: May 2023
By Lupina Fry, Wellness Nurse
April Showers Bring May Flowers
By Weldon Tisdale, Chaplain
There is a phrase I remember as a child that causes me to look forward to the month of May with excitement and enthusiasm. Despite the depression that looms from the hard and long winter of the past several months, the phrase “April showers bring May flowers” brings a sense of hope called springtime.
Following the commemoration of the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus over the Easter weekend, I kept thinking about phrases like: weeping endures for a night but joy comes in the morning; there is a silver lining beyond each dark cloud; these light afflictions are but for a moment; and this too shall pass.
The reality of Jesus’ death producing new life parallels with the thought of sunshine following a season of gloom and sadness. Perhaps you have heard this rhyme at some point, generally having been taught it at an early age by parents or teachers. It is a popular thing to say and hear around springtime.
“April showers bring May flowers” is a reminder that even the most unpleasant of things, in this case the heavy rains of April, can bring about very enjoyable things indeed – an abundance of flowers in May. This rhyme is also a lesson in patience, and one that remains valid to this day.
Many of life’s greatest things come only to those who wait, and by patiently and happily enduring the clouds and dampness of April, you can find yourself more easily able to take in the sights and smells of May. After all, it’s easier to love something if you begin with an optimistic outlook.
Bad thing happen, and sometimes a bad thing, later on down the line, turns out to not be bad at all, even though at the time you wouldn’t have know it. ~ Kenneth Arthur
Have you had a season of setbacks, disappointments, or hindrances? Do not be dismayed. Remember these things: weeping endures for a night but joy comes in the morning; there is a silver lining beyond each dark cloud; these light afflictions are but for a moment; and this too shall pass.
Remembering the Good Samaritan
By Bonnie Polak, VP of Philanthropy and Community Engagement
We all have heard the story of the Good Samaritan who came to the aid of a complete stranger in a great time of need. But what you may not know is that in 1961 Dr. John Webb, the appointed director of Oklahoma Methodist Manor (as we were called at the time), spoke to the then Board of Directors about a great need for our community.
Dr. Webb told the story of residents who were living on campus, solely by the generosity of gifts from people across the state. He said we were not just called to preach the gospel of the New Testament but also called into action. That was the beginning of what we know as the Good Samaritan Fund.
Today the Good Samaritan Fund continues to be a vital part of the mission and ministry of Trinity Woods. It addresses the needs of current and future residents who outlive their resources. This benevolence bridges the gap not covered by Medicaid. Over the past 5 years we have provided $1.2 million in funds for residents at Trinity Woods.
“The Good Samaritan Fund is what allows us to fulfill our brand promise to our residents,” said Steve Dickie, CEO. “Once you move to Trinity Woods, you will be able to live out your days with peace of mind and dignity, knowing you will be cared for if you run out of money.”
A gift to the Good Samaritan Fund DOES make a difference. Remember that any gift of $300 receives a commemorative brick that will be engraved and located in front of the Community Life Center. A gift can be made as an honorarium or memorial in the name of someone who is living or no longer with us. All donations are 100% tax deductible. For more information or to make a gift, visit TrinityWoodsTulsa.com/donate.
May STARS Employee of the Month
Greg Nievar – Maintenance
» Start Date: July 2022
» Born and Raised: Garden Grove, CA
» Education: Quinton High School and OSU-Tech
» Wanted to be as a Kid: Football Player
» One Meal Forever: Seafood
» Described by Friends: Always has a dad joke ready!
» Hobbies: Golf, Coloring and Gardening
» Favorite Holiday: Christmas
» Favorite Bible Verse: “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will
dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” – Psalm 23:6
» First Car: 1961 Chevy Pickup
» Favorite Movie: Jungle Book (animated)
» Fun Fact: Met his wife on a blind date and then eloped in Vegas and got married.
» Family: Married for 37 years with three daughters
» What his supervisor says: “Greg has taken to heart our “Mission Vision Values” and you can see it in how he takes care of the members on a daily basis.” – Ty Westlake, Facilities Manager
May Issue of The Trail Mix
In This Issue:
Remembering the Good Samaritans
As we look forward to the month of May and Memorial Day, we take time to remember all the Good Samaritans who have left their mark on the campus and residents at Trinity Woods. We are surrounded by reminders of the “Good Samaritans” who have ensured that this community and its mission have thrived for over 65 years.
Each year we ask our community and generous supporters to give to the Good Samaritan Fund. Over the past few years this Fund has become one of the most urgent and critical areas of need for the people living at Trinity Woods. This Fund helps Trinity Woods residents when they need it most. If you feel led to help a fellow neighbor through the Good Samaritan Fund, please make a donation.
Click here to donate to the Good Samaritan Fund.
May STAR Employee of the Month are announced – Greg!
In May we celebrate all the ladies who live in the Woods with a special Ladies Luncheon with special guest Lisa Bain. Also coming this month is the rescheduled Pete ‘n’ Keely performance, that you won’t want to miss. And we can’t forget about – Spring Fling! We will gather with friends and neighbors to enjoy good food, games and music for this annual outdoor event.
Meet Carol and Suzanne!
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