February Issue of The Trail Mix

In This Issue:

Bears that Care – Neighbors Spreading Kindness!

In 2010 Elizabeth started making special little bears for the people living at Trinity Woods. She originally started making them for the birthdays of residents of the Holliman Center and now she focuses her efforts on residents who are in the
Trinity Woods Health Center. Each bear is made by hand with a handwritten
scripture and note of encouragement. Elizabeth hopes the Trinity Bears legacy goes beyond just individual interactions and contributes to a stronger, more connected community.

If you are interested in getting involved with this group of volunteers, please contact Irene Brown,
Trinity Woods Life Enrichment Coordinator, at ibrown@trinitywoodstulsa.com or 918.346.6614.

Nominate someone for the Trinity Woods Board of Directors!

February STAR Employees of the Month announced – Jennifer and Vanna!

February Wellness Events

The month of February is famous for the celebration of Love. It’s a time to celebrate relationships with family, friends, spouses, and connections that make life worthwhile. We spend time finding the right gift to show our appreciation of those relationships. However, we often forget one of the most important relationships—the one we have with ourselves. If we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t serve those we love.

This month we feature special events, such as the Valentine Celebration with special entertainment by Grady Nichols; Don Irwin Piano Concert and a Book Review about the Colorado Passes!

New Neighbors
Meet Janet, Gloria, and Martha!

January Issue of The Trail Mix

In This Issue:

Reflection on the State of the Woods

January is the perfect time to count the blessings of last year and envision the promise of the year ahead. Last year we faced unprecedented challenges, we have emerged stronger, more cohesive, and with a renewed sense of purpose. The year ahead will bring significant change along and renewed commitment to our mission of serving the Trinity Woods family in the spirit of Christ. Building strong, lasting relationships with our residents and employees has been a cornerstone of our success, and we remain committed to excellence and growing this amazing community.

Meet the 2024 Trinity Woods Member Council!

January STAR Employee of the Month announced – Lori!

January Wellness Events
Highlights for spiritual wellness for 2024 and tips for keeping for New Year’s Resolutions!

We kick off the new year with a piano concert from award-winning pianist Joseph Kingma. There will also be a book review and a new series to help maintain cognitive function (thinking and memory skills) call the BE Brain Enrichment Course that you won’t want to miss.

New Neighbors
Meet Ann, Jerri and Joyce!

December Issue of The Trail Mix

In This Issue:

Christmas in the Woods

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on the campus of Trinity Woods. Lights, holiday activities and Christmas in the Woods! We are excited to host this annual holiday favorite. On Thursday, December 7th from 6 to 8 p.m. Trinity Woods will showcase a night of good old-fashioned holiday fun.

“This event is the core of who we are as a community and brings people together in a special way,” said Steve Dickie, CEO. “Trinity Woods community members, families, friends, and employees are all encouraged to attend this event. It is sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit!”

New Vice President of Human Resources announced, Crystal Creekmore.

December STAR Employees of the Month announced – Jennifer and LeaAnn!

November Wellness Events
Wellness Nurse, Lupina Fry, share some tips for coping with holiday stresses. No matter the cause of your mood or feelings, it’s important to have a toolkit of healthy coping strategies.

We also celebrate the holiday season with lots of Christmas events that will showcase Tulsa talent – Sistema Tulsa, Regent Preparatory Choir, United Methodist Bell Choir and a special Christmas piano concert featuring Don Irwin.

New Neighbors
Meet Mouzon and Gayle, Dick and Gerry and Chelley!

November Issue of The Trail Mix

In This Issue:

Fostering a Culture of Courtesy

In an increasingly fast-paced and interconnected world, where differences abound and personal space is often compromised, a culture of courtesy is more essential than ever. Courtesy, defined as polite behavior and respectful manners, is the glue that holds a community together. It promotes positive interactions, fosters understanding, and ensures a harmonious coexistence among people from diverse backgrounds. This article delves into the significance of cultivating a culture of courtesy and its impact on society.

Trinity Woods Board members, employees and residents gathered together with facilitator Kay Collier McLaughlin to refresh and affirm the Trinity Woods Culture of Courtesy we all agree to work and live by. The day was full of open discussions on how best to be a good neighbor and support a healthy community. Participants walked away with a better understanding of how to disagree with someone respectfully by engaging in a discussion instead of a debate and listening to others point of view.

The Culture of Courtesy is not a mere nicety but a fundamental building block of a thriving community. It is the foundation upon which respect, empathy, trust, and social harmony are constructed. We know this is a collective responsibility to foster these values and ensure that they remain a driving force in our interactions with each other. In a world that is constantly evolving, the culture of courtesy is a timeless and invaluable treasure that we must cherish and preserve.

November STAR Employee of the Month announced – Crystal!

November Wellness Events
Wellness Nurse, Lupina Fry, discuss all the lessons learned from Covid that should still be in practice as we enter cold and flu season.

We also celebrate Veterans Day with Nathan Hale High School ROTC will present the colors. Joshua Taylor, a senior at Jenks High School, will sing the National Anthem.

The month won’t be complete without a Thanksgiving Reception, Saturday at the Symphony and a good old fashion Oklahoma sing-a-long!

New Neighbors
Meet Tom and Patsy and Carolyn!

October Issue of The Trail Mix

In This Issue:

Searching for a New CEO

The Trinity Woods Board began planning for this transition over a year ago. When the current CEO Steve Dickie announced his desire to retire from Trinity Woods after 20 years of service. Knowing that the CEO is the driving force behind setting vision, guiding strategy, and ensuring long-term success, Task Force members know they have an important job ahead of them.

“The search for a new CEO is a critical and complex undertaking,” said Jim Taylor, Trinity Woods
Board Member and Chair of the Succession Planning Task Force. “The team who has been
identified to do this knows the importance of their work. I am confident we will find the right
leader that will provide Trinity Woods a clear vision, guide decision-making, inspire us, and build
on our strong reputation.”

To date there has been a strong response to the job listing, each candidate will be carefully
evaluated by the Task Force. Between now and the end of the year the field will be narrowed
to a few final candidates. The final selection will align with the leadership requirements and the
vision of Trinity Woods. Early next year, when the new CEO is chosen, the onboarding process will begin to ensure a seamless transition. Anyone interested in applying is encouraged visit the Trinity Woods website.

October STAR Employees of the Month announced – Aaron and Nita!

October Wellness Events
This month we host the Fall Festival! It will be a great evening with outdoor games, food and concert. We also are hosting the talented students from Metro Christian Academy. They will be showcasing their One Act Play – Unsounds Effects. This month wouldn’t be complete without a neighborhood favorite – Trunk or Treat on October 27th!

New Neighbors
Meet Kay!

Celebrating the Generosity of Legacy Giving

Many of us have causes we have donated to throughout our lifetime to help charities and nonprofits with funding their mission. But have you ever thought about what it would look like to continue that generosity past your lifetime?

In the philanthropy world that is called a planned gift or legacy giving. While donations during your lifetime usually answer the question: “How can I help today?”. Planned or legacy gifts answer the questions: “How can I help tomorrow?” and “How would I like to be remembered?”.

These types of gifts to a charity or non-profit organization are usually in your last will and testament. They can include a piece of property, cash, a percentage of your estate or, in the case of Trinity Woods a donation of your membership fee refund. Legacy gifts play a key role in supporting charitable organizations, that is why the Tin Man Society was created.

“In November the Tin Man Society will celebrate 10 years of people leaving their legacy at Trinity Woods by making a commitment to the future of this organization,” said Steve Dickie, CEO. “Over the years gifts that have come from Tin Man Society members have really allowed Trinity Woods to do great things to continue our mission. These types of gifts are critical to making a difference for years to come.”

The Tin Man Society was established in 2013 by members as a way to ensure the mission of Trinity Woods endures. It is a legacy giving program that recognizes donors who support Trinity Woods through their estate plans, wills or gifts of assets.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Tin Man Society through a legacy gift, you can learn more about opportunities on page 3 or feel free to reach out to Bonnie Polak at bpolak@trinitywoodstulsa.com or 918.346.6639

September Issue of The Trail Mix

In This Issue:

The Legacy of Trinity Woods!

For more than 65 years, Trinity Woods has been serving people in the spirit of Christ. But that would not have been possible without gracious donors who believed in our mission and purpose. There is not a building on this campus that has not been made possible without philanthropy – Spann Wellness Center, Fleming Center, Holliman Center and the Community Life Center. That kind of true partnership is what makes Trinity Woods special.

“In November the Tin Man Society will celebrate 10 years of people leaving their legacy
at Trinity Woods by making a commitment to the future of this organization,” said Steve
Dickie, CEO. “Over the years gifts that have come from Tin Man Society members have really
allowed Trinity Woods to do great things to continue our mission. These types of gifts are
critical to making a difference for years to come.”

Trinity Woods’ legacy of giving is reflected every day in the dedicated efforts of our Board, employees, community members, and donors who have shaped our community for the better. The power of philanthropy is what changes organizations – some givers may never see their gifts come to fruition but can courageously imagine what is possible. It is the givers who ensure there will always be a home where elders find a life worth living. 

September STAR Employee of the Month announced – Heidi!

September Wellness Events
This month we host the Tulsa Community Band in a special outdoor concert. We are excited to welcome Trinity Woods loved ones for the annual Trinity Woods Family Day! In honor of grandparents day, we invite all generation out to see campus and experience a day of fun activities for all ages. Supper & A Show features Reflejos Flamencos an spicy and romantic, Spanish flamenco dancing team. Meet new friends as well as enjoy a casual meal and some great music.

New Neighbors
Meet Duane and Janice!

August Issue of The Trail Mix

In This Issue:

The New Indoor Golf Experience at Trinity Woods!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play a round of golf at Pebble Beach or St. Andrews, just like the professionals? Well, now you can at Trinity Woods’ new Indoor Golf Experience, located on campus.

“We are so excited to offer this new activity to our residents,” said Steve Dickie, Trinity Woods CEO. “Whether you are an every day golfer, trying to fi ne-tune your swing, or just trying to do something fun with your friends, this is a great opportunity.”

The Indoor Golf Experience features golf simulator technology that is used by novice and professional golfers all over the world. Residents can play a round of golf on one of 25 golf courses, have a long drive contest, or just practice. The golf simulator can also provide immediate swing analysis data such as
angle and speed.

This new experience available at Trinity Woods would not have been possible without the generosity of Rich and Barbara Lilienthal. Be watching for more information on the Indoor Golf Experience location, times of play, and tutorial sessions.

August STAR Employee of the Month are announced – Barbara!

August Wellness Events
There are still amazing summer school classes to experience – Adult VBS, Intro to Mah Jongg, Poetry and more! A great article on summer sun safety you will not want to miss. This month we welcome back Donald Ryan for a special piano concert and there is Supper & A Show. Get out your poodle skirts and Brylcreem and let’s party! We are encouraging people to wear their 1950s attire, if they have it. A good time will be had by all at this relaxed gathering that is a chance to meet new friends as well as enjoy a casual meal and some great music.

New Neighbors
Meet Bob, Garry and Sally!

July Issue of The Trail Mix

In This Issue:

Summer School is in Session!

We are excited to announce that the Trinity Woods Summer School sessions are back by popular demand – and there are more options than ever for lifelong learning!

This year will mark the seventh year of Trinity Woods Summer School all taught by our very own community members in July and August.

All the classes will be held on the Trinity Woods campus. The classes are all at different times, which makes it easy to take part in as many classes as you wish. Peruse the
fascinating course offerings and see what you would like to learn more about. Class will soon be in
session!

July STAR Employee of the Month are announced – Angie!

July Wellness Events
In July we will feature young talent from Tulsa with the Young Talent Discover Night and we are excited to welcome back Barron Ryan for a special piano concert. It wouldn’t be the Trinity Woods neighborhood without Supper & A Show. Singer Janet Rutland and her husband, fiddler Shelby Eicher, return for a night of country music with plenty of Patsy Cline. They’ll be joined by Spencer Sutton on piano and Rodney Lay on bass. Join in this relaxed gathering that is a chance to meet new friends as well as enjoy a casual meal and some great music!

New Neighbors
Meet Betty and Dorothy!

Just Another Reason Exercise is Great for You!

By Alison McMillan, Wellness Manager

Scientists have been hard at work researching exercise, knowing that brain health is a top concern among older adults. We’ve seen studies that show that exercise reduces the risk of developing
Alzheimer’s. Imaging studies have shown that the hippocampus (the area of the brain that stores long term memories) is greater in volume in adults aged 59 to 81 who are more aerobically active than those who are not. Those same adults also showed better performance in memory tasks. Lastly, studies have shown exercise can lead to improved learning, attention, and memory for patients with early-stage Alzheimer’s, Schizophrenia, or brain injuries. Overall, studies indicate that exercise is beneficial for
brain health.

But how?

Researchers are studying hormonal and chemical changes in exercising mice, and have seen an increase in a chemical called Irisin, which is produced by muscles during exercise. This chemical was
found to boost protein levels in the hippocampus that promotes neuron growth and health in the brain. Irisin also was found to decrease the inflammation in the brain that causes Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Knowing this, scientists are confident that the effect is similar in humans because the Irisin composition is identical in mice and humans. Studies already show that post exercise, there is a boost of Irisin levels in humans. In examinations of Alzheimer’s patients, Irisin’s precursor protein was 70% less than in patients without Alzheimer’s. This leads scientists to believe that Irisin is linked as protective to the neurons.

So, to summarize, exercise is great for brain health by helping new neurons and connections grow and be healthy and helps reduce risk for Alzheimer’s. All the more reason to go outside, or head to the gym for an exercise class or to use the machines every day!

Source: National Geographic “New clues are revealing why exercise can keep the brain healthy” June 2022

Navigating and Finding Joy in the Journey of Aging

By Steve Dickie, CEO

In the age of the smartphone, we have instant access to driving directions that are delivered with GPS precision. But where do we go for a “roadmap” to guide us through the aging process? How do we fi nd help navigating the confusing mix of complex issues when our care needs begin
to change?

On Thursday, June 15th Trinity Woods is extending an open invitation to all who are navigating the journey aging. This is the great session for parents, their adult children and anyone walking through making decisions for seniors.

This 90-minute event will open with a summary of the book, “They’re Your Parents Too!” which is subtitled “How Siblings Can Survive Their Parents’ Aging Without Driving Each Other Crazy.” Then we will off er a candid discussion about some of the most important questions
our family will face in the future:
When you get to the point where your care needs change, how will the roles and relationships among your adult children adapt?
Is there a way for you to help your adult children take on supporting roles?
What happens when old sibling rivalries emerge?
What family legacy do you want to pass on? What stories are important to remember?
How can decisions be made in a way that helps everyone make peace with change and loss?

“Your Parents” is like a “fi eld manual.” It off ers help for navigating through one of the most
challenging seasons in life. We hope this event will help initiate conversations. It can give you
directions to help navigate complex relationships and diffi cult exchanges. It can bring joy,
reconciliation, and peace to the journey of aging.

Filled with expert guidance from gerontologists, family therapists, elder-care attorneys,
financial planners, and health workers; resonant real-life stories; and helpful family negotiation
techniques, this is an indispensable book for anyone whose parents are aging. We hope you will
mark your calendar for Thursday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m. on the campus of Trinity Woods to be part
of this book discussion.

To learn more about this event and the book, see page 7 of the June Trail Mix Newsletter. You may also visit our website at TrinityWoodsTulsa.com or call 918.346.6671. This event is free and open to the public.

Let Those Cares Go

By Weldon Tisdale, Chaplain
Though I closed my eyes and tried to rest, my mind refused to turn off. I couldn’t stop wondering if I should have said or done something different.

Finally, I got up and went over to my computer, hoping to find some nugget of truth to ease my mind. Tears came to my eyes as I caught sight of a scripture someone had posted: “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” Psalm 55:22.

All week long, the Lord had been speaking to me about casting my burdens or cares upon Him–now here was that theme again! Suddenly, I knew I needed to hand over to Him all my worry about the situation and what would happen. If I’d messed up, He was big enough to handle it! I didn’t need to carry the burden.

Cares come in all sorts of different sizes and shapes. We can be careful about all the things we do, careful about what we’ve said or done, careful about other people, careful about our health — we seem to attract cares like a magnet! At the time, the cares on our shoulder seem heavier than anything else in the entire world could possibly be.

But whatever our care might be, we weren’t meant to carry it! We were meant to cast it. It’s actually prideful of us to insist on worrying and carrying our cares when God tells us to cast them. God cares perfectly for each one of us. He is our infallible heavenly Shepherd. He urges us to humble ourselves–admit our inability–and cast every worry, burden, and care upon Him.

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7

reprinted from christianperspective.net

June Issue of The Trail Mix

In This Issue:

You’re Invited to an Interactive Discussion On Aging

Thursday, June 15th Steve Dickie, Trinity Woods CEO, is extending an open invitation to all who are navigating the journey aging. This is the great session for parents, their adult children and anyone walking
through making decisions for seniors. This 90-minute event will open with a summary of the book, “They’re Your Parents Too!” which is subtitled “How Siblings Can Survive Their Parents’ Aging Without Driving Each Other Crazy.” We hope this event will help initiate conversations. It can give you directions to help navigate complex relationships and difficult exchanges. It can bring joy,
reconciliation, and peace to the journey of aging.

To learn more about this event and the book, you may visit our website at
TrinityWoodsTulsa.com or call 918.346.6671. This event is free and open to the public.

June STAR Employee of the Month are announced – Lori!

June Wellness
In June we celebrate all the men who live in the Woods with a special Men’s Gathering. Our special guest will be Ben Leslie, Chief Development Officer from the Folds of Honor. An F-16 fighter pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard, he became painfully aware of the realities families face when a loved one in uniform is fallen or disabled. This Oklahoma-based organization has become a national patriotic movement with chapters across the country. Ben Leslie, who has been with Folds of Honor for 12
years, will talk about their impact and some of the lives that have been changed through their work.

New Neighbors
Meet Sheila and Joe and Sharen!

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!

May Wellness
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.

New Neighbors
Meet Carol and Suzanne!

May Availability

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April Issue of The Trail Mix

In This Issue:

Making a Difference Through Local Governance!

Meet the Trinity Woods Board of Directors. In the world of senior living communities, people often ask what sets Trinity Woods apart? Most of the time we focus on the people because that is truly what makes Trinity
Woods the community God has called us to be. One of the tremendous advantages of living at Trinity Woods is the benefit gained from the governance of a local Board.

April STAR Employees of the Month are announced – Dunel and Maria!

April Wellness
We highlight Holy Week programs. The TW Wellness Nurse offers ways to help deal with stress. And we can’t forget all the events – Wednesday Morning Musicale celebrates its 100th anniversary concert on our campus! Learn more about Volunteer Appreciation Week from Life Enrichment Coordinator, Irene Brown.

New Neighbors
Meet Anne, Doug and Elisabeth, and George and Carol!

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!

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!

January Issue of The Trail Mix

In This Issue:

The State of the Woods
Happy New Year! There are so many things to be thankful for in 2022 as well as to be excited about for the coming year. CEO Steve Dickie gives insight into all the happenings at Trinity Woods. Additionally, Chaplain Weldon Tisdale, showcases the works of Dr. Martin Luther King and his dedication to service.

Trinity Woods 2023 Member Council.

We also announce the January STARS Employee of the Month – Sherry!

January Wellness
Thank goodness there are 31 days in January because this month is full of programs! From Book Club to to concerts to Supper and a Show, you won’t want to miss a thing! Did we also mention all the fitness groups and classes to try? Make sure you check out the January events calendar.

New Neighbors
Meet Mike and Kathy, Shirley, Cullen, and Nancy!

December Issue of The Trail Mix

In This Issue:

It’s Christmas Time at Trinity Woods
Seasons Greetings! You’re invited to Christmas in the Woods. Our annual holiday tradition that puts everyone in the Christmas spirit. This year the event is scheduled for Thursday, December 8th.

Trinity Woods is seeking Board Nominations.

We also announce the December STARS Employees of the Month – Mandie!

December Wellness
There are several special services to highlight the holiday – Christmas Service hosted by Boston Avenue and New Year’s Eve Service. Additionally this year brings lots of opportunities for music and holiday tunes. Mark your calendar for all the events, from sing-a-longs to piano concerts you will not want to miss anything this month.

New Neighbors
Meet Bill and Aneta!

December Availability
We are featuring the Magnolia floor plan in Crestwood. Click here for more information!

November Issue of The Trail Mix

In This Issue:

Celebrating Trinity Woods Veterans
This month we highlight those who serve and have served our country with honor – American veterans. Every year Trinity Woods takes time to celebrate and thank these very special people, both men and women who have served, with a special program. The event this year will be held Friday, November 11 at 2 p.m. in the Fleming Center.

Make sure you check the new name of the Bargain Basement – The Treasure Chest!

We also announce the November STARS Employees of the Month – Michael and Anderson!

November Wellness
As the holidays approach Jennifer Rawlings, VP of Wellness, shares tips for managing stress and keeping fit. There are also several featured events this months – Conversation with Chief Wendell Franklin, Dancing with Michael Loman and a Thanksgiving Reception!

New Neighbors
Meet Sharon, Dennis and Norma, and Jean!

November Availability
We are featuring the Maple floor plan in Crestwood. Click here for more information!

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