The Oaks at Nipomo Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with a Gala

Westmont Living is happy to announce that The Oaks at Nipomo has been serving area seniors for five years. Residents, families and staff celebrated this auspicious occasion with a black tie-style event called A Night at the Gala. The festively decorated community was filled with love and laughter as attendees shared delicious food and drank while listening to local entertainment. The event was open to the community and there were many first-time guests. According to Executive Director Ron Freeman, “Everyone enjoyed a Taste of Westmont and the staff really outdid themselves in making this a special event. Special thanks go to Community Relations Director Debra Benitez for chairing this event and, of course, to Chef Ryan, who made a sumptuous feast for all.” Pictured in the photo (left-right) is Lifestyle Assistant Neeta Khare and Marjorie and John Oliver. The Oaks at Nipomo is open for daily tours. If you want to know more, please call 805-723-5206 or visit www.theoaksatnipomo.com

Honoring Veterans at Westmont of Cypress

The eighteen veterans along with their families were treated to a special honor at Westmont of Cypress and it wasn’t on a national holiday. That didn’t stop the Westmont of Cypress staff from asking Chaplain Doreen Matsumoto, who conducts a weekly bible study, if she could coordinate a special commemoration for the residents who were veterans. Matsumoto is a member of the American Veterans Assistance Group who coordinated this with Quilts of Valor. According to the Quilts of Valor website, their quilts are to be awarded to a service member or veteran who has been touched by war to thank them for their service and sacrifice in serving our nation. On each of the quilts there is a number along with the names and location of all individuals that worked on the quilt. Each Westmont of Cypress veteran who received a quilt was wrapped with love by having the quilt placed over them at the time of presentation. The event was a rousing success. Members of Cottonwood Church in Los Alamitos provided refreshments. A big bonus is that our program was highlighted the winter issue of the American Veterans Assistance Group Magazine. We love our veterans!

Remembrance Plaque Unveiled at Westmont of Riverside

Veterans Day was especially meaningful to the residents and staff at Westmont of Riverside. The property, formerly named Air Force Village West, is one of the largest retirement communities in California and home to many retired military service members and their families. A volunteer committee of twelve residents decided to commemorate this year’s Veterans Day by unveiling a bronze plaque at the community’s entrance. “We are dedicating this plaque to all those past, present and future resident veterans, spouses, and widows in recognition of their sacrifices to our country,” said Bill Baltazar, Lt. Col. US Air Force, (Ret.), chairperson of the Veteran’s Appreciation Committee.  The event held on Veterans Day involved many people, starting with an invocation by Chaplain Don Lederer, Major, U.S. Air Force, (Ret.); the honor guard hailed from the California Military Institute under the direction of David Sibley, Master Sergeant U.S. Marine Corps, (Ret.); followed by a bugle performance of The Star Spangled Banner by Cadet Matthew Rodriguez and to end the unveiling ceremony, a rendition of God Bless America was sung by Monya Henry, Executive Director, Westmont of Riverside.  Westmont of Riverside is located at 17050 Arnold Drive, Riverside. For more information, please call 951-697-2100 or visit http://www.westmont-village.com/. Photos courtesy of Bradley Westwood, Explore Further Photography.

Neurofeedback Clinic Opens at Westmont of Riverside

A new Morningstar Neurofeedback Clinic is open on the campus of Westmont of Riverside located at 17050 Arnold Drive. The clinic is especially helpful for those with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and early on-set Dementia. Neurofeedback provides numerous benefits in maintaining healthy cognition, especially for those who are struggling with memory concerns and other mental health conditions. Improved memory performance can offer a better quality of life. The clinic which is now open for appointments on Mondays and Fridays in the Health Care Center is under the direction of Connie McReynolds, Ph.D., a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor with more than 30 years of experience.

“Many people begin to notice a decline in mental clarity, memory or executive functioning as they age,” said Dr. McReynolds. “And the importance of cognitive health can’t be underestimated as it plays an integral role in a person’s social, cultural, physiological, and environmental background. Sadly, people often put off taking steps to improve their cognitive health. Our practice is designed to support those who may also be feeling anxious, depressed, forgetful or fearful about their future.” Dr. McReynolds has published and presented internationally on her successful outcomes in treating anxiety, depression, chronic pain, attention, concentration, focus, and trauma including PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Dr. McReynolds is contracted with the Veteran’s Affairs/TriWest to provide services at no cost for veterans.

For more information about Neurofeedback or to make an appointment, please call 909-435-7189 or https://www.conniemcreynolds.com/

National Assisted Living Week at Westmont Living Communities

It’s time to celebrate communities filled with energy and life as seniors across the country acknowledge National Assisted Living Week.  This year’s theme, “Seasons of Reflection”, helps to frame a deeper, more poignant meaning alongside the get-togethers and family-friendly fun. The Westmont communities’ kicked off the week with Hat Day on Sunday, Grandparents’ Day. Followed by Holiday Day, Superhero Day, World Traveler Day, Thursday’s Dress Your Best, Flashback Friday and then to cap it off on Saturday, residents acknowledged the Seasons of Reflection. Every community had a great time with both residents and staff fully getting into the moment and celebrating their lives in National Assisted Living Week. The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) and the American Health Care Association announced the 2023 theme and its sponsor First Quality.  #NALW

Considering Writing a Memoir? Just Ask Barbara – She wrote hers to give as 100th birthday gifts.

Time seems to fly. Before you know it, there’s a big celebration for your 100th birthday. That’s what happened to Barbara one recent afternoon as family and friends gathered for this auspicious anniversary. Instead of being the only one who received gifts; she handed out books as gifts. You see, Barbara had written a memoir about her life for her family. Filled with interesting stories and anecdotes from her early days in San Francisco, to her 31-year marriage, of her three children and all that followed. After she retired as Secretary to the President of Bellarmine High School, a prestigious Catholic college-prep school in San Jose, she decided to write and took writing classes through the Adult Education program in Santa Clara.  Barbara penned her memoir especially for her 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren about what life was like when she was a child. For those who may be interested in writing a family memoir, you can find tips on The American Writers Museum website or find an Adult Education class near you. The 100th birthday celebration for Barbara with the special gift books was a big hit with her family and friends.

Quick 5 Podcast with Nicholas Begane

Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce is featuring Westmont of Morgan Hill a resort-style senior living community designed to foster a sense of belonging, independence, and overall well-being. Listen to Quick 5 Podcast on Apple podcasts or Spotify or on Audible. 

The podcast features Regional sales manager, Nicholas Begane who talks about the different lifestyle options, the incredible list of amenities, and the overall community that comes with being a resident! Listen to hear if Westmont of Morgan Hill at 1060 Cochrane Road, Morgan Hill would be a good fit for you or your loved ones. Call (408) 779-8490 or visit www.westmontliving.com to set up a tour or lunch.

Some of the highlights of the discussion:

  • Morgan Hill Times honored Westmont of Morgan Hill as “Best of 2022” and the community received the Pinnacle Customer Service Award in 2023.
  • According to Begane, “Our mission is to provide inspiring life experiences. It’s all about community – ensuring that seniors can continue to have that meaningful life experiences in our community.”
  • The building has been designed, in part through our licensing, to allow seniors to age in place from independence to assisted and memory care.  So that you don’t have to move homes.
  • When more support is needed we call this “person-centered care” versus treatment. When we notice advanced memory loss, we talk with the family to facilitate a transition to experience our Compass Rose memory care support. We find out about this person and what they enjoyed about their life: their vocations and passions to create a memory support program for them. For instance, if someone was an artist before, then we spend more artistic time as their long-term memory is still active so we tap into their former life to keep them engaged.
  • The building amenities support an inspired life from the moment you enter, a large foyer opens to a fireplace that welcomes you and is designed to foster socialization. The dining experience offers not only a great menu but a custom approach to meal times. The second-floor bar and lounge area is a wonderful place with allows for a variety of activities. A movie theater with nightly movie screenings at 6 p.m., Fitness with Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy services onsite, and Hair and Nail Salon, among other amenities. 
  • A full calendar of activities such as group Jeopardy, Nurse Talk with the Resident Services Director, and Poker and Cards night with the Maintenance Director.  Each Director likes to participate in an activity that appeals to them and helps them stay connected. It’s a passion to work in senior living.

 

Summer Scoop

 

No matter your age, everyone can find room for a little ice cream and the residents of Westmont Senior Living communities are no exception. YouGov asked 1,000 U.S. adults about their favorite ice cream flavor, and many Americans ranked vanilla and chocolate at the top. Closely following America’s most popular flavors were strawberry, cookies and cream, and chocolate chip. No matter the flavor, ice cream is cool on a hot afternoon, and colorful enough to take a grey day away. So what’s not to like? Take it from us…you scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream!

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