Oakwood Common https://www.oakwoodcommon.org Senior Living at It's Best Tue, 07 Nov 2017 16:14:29 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians, Will Haapaniemi, Hong-Yi Mo, Paul McCaffrey and Hang Su https://www.oakwoodcommon.org/44144-2/ Fri, 30 Jun 2017 13:08:39 +0000 http://bc.eitdev.com/?p=44144 The post Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians, Will Haapaniemi, Hong-Yi Mo, Paul McCaffrey and Hang Su appeared first on Oakwood Common.

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Behind an avid golfer is a roller skating champion https://www.oakwoodcommon.org/behind-avid-golfer-roller-skating-champion/ Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:25:47 +0000 http://bc.eitdev.com/?p=44115 When Michigan’s weather beckons golfers, William “Frank” Malinak drives three days a week from his residence at Oakwood Common senior living community to the Carleton Glen Golf Club near Monroe

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“I’ve been a member for more than 30 years,” said Malinak, who proudly shared that he has his own golf cart, and recalled years when he golfed 250 days a year at different courses around the country.

First introduced to golf at the age of 12, Malinak became the personal caddy for Walker S. Cisler, former chairman of the Detroit Edison Co., at the Grosse Ile Country Club.

During those early years, golf wasn’t Malinak’s only pastime. When he was 11 years old, his older brother introduced him to roller skating.

“I think it’s because he was 16, and it was a good place to meet girls,” Malinak said.

In the early 1940s, Wells Roller Rink in River Rouge was the place to skate. Malinak explained that Wells had a unique terrazzo floor while all the other rinks in the Detroit area had wood floors.

He soon took up roller dancing and added, “I had it easy because I only had to skate forward; the girls had to skate backwards.”

After the Roller Skating Association was formed, skaters from Detroit, Cleveland and St. Louis started participating, Malinak said. Although there were no competitions held during World War II because people were in the service, Malinak entered his first competition in 1946 at the age of 16.

“I danced with mostly older girls,” said Malinak, who placed second in 1947 at the national competition in Cleveland.

In January 1948, Malinak won the national championship with Betty Lytle from St. Louis. “It was a blind draw, so you didn’t know who you were going to dance with until you were assigned.”

There was no assignment or competition when he met his future bride, June, at a roller rink in Lincoln Park. The couple married after he joined the Marines in March 1948.

The young Marine was stationed in North Carolina and Tennessee, where there were no nearby rinks or competitions. In 1951, he served 11 months in the Korean War.

Those are times Malinak, who lost many buddies, doesn’t like to talk about.

Following the war, he earned a degree in business from Memphis State University and founded a vending company, another venture with his big brother. Later, Malinak was hired by the country’s largest vending machine company, Folz Vending, and helped expand the company’s operations in Michigan and the Midwest.

Today, he focuses on his family, including son Bill, five grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and golf.

While the roller skates have long been packed away, the golf clubs are still being put to use.

Source: http://downriversundaytimes.com/2017/06/07/behind-an-avid-golfer-is-a-roller-skating-champion/

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Friends, family draw some seniors back to Michigan from warmer climates https://www.oakwoodcommon.org/friends-family-draw-seniors-back-michigan-warmer-climates/ Sat, 27 May 2017 11:17:27 +0000 http://bc.eitdev.com/?p=44121 What will cause a Florida resident of 32 years to move back to Michigan? Virginia Koehler, a new resident of Oakwood Common, a Beaumont senior living community, will quickly tell you it is not Michigan winters. She will also tell you it also wasn’t a quick decision. More than 60 years ago, Koehler, a Missouri [...]

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What will cause a Florida resident of 32 years to move back to Michigan? Virginia Koehler, a new resident of Oakwood Common, a Beaumont senior living community, will quickly tell you it is not Michigan winters.

She will also tell you it also wasn’t a quick decision.

More than 60 years ago, Koehler, a Missouri native, and her husband Ken, originally from Nebraska, bought a house in Allen Park when he began working for Ford Motor Co.. It is the community where they raised two daughters. Thirty years later, retirement and a house in New Port Richey took the couple to Florida.

 
 

Seven years ago both considered moving back to Michigan to be closer to their daughters, but it wasn’t until after Ken’s death three years ago that Virginia gave it serious consideration.

“I toured several retirement communities and told my daughters I would move next fall,” Koehler said. “They reminded me that I hated Michigan winters so why not move in the spring.”

She selected Oakwood Common, where many of her longtime friends from Allen Park Presbyterian Church now live. It is the church she and her husband attended when they lived in Michigan.

According to Donna Brandt, sales manager for Oakwood Common, Koehler’s spring move was good timing. “It allowed her to take advantage of our community’s spring move-in special,” Brandt said. “It covered her moving expenses from Florida to Michigan.”

Although Koehler is not fond of Michigan winters, she likes her third floor balcony apartment and view of the wetlands and wildlife, which provide interesting scenery for her favorite pastime of oil painting, a hobby she took up at age 60.

Currently settled in her apartment for less than a month, Koehler’s oil paintings already hang on the walls of her new home. They include scenes from travels she and her husband took to countries around the world.

Though she’ll miss the warmth of Florida, Koehler admitted she is not worried about being cold or going out in the snow in her new community.

“I have a beautiful view that will provide nice scenes for painting year round,” she said.

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Mother’s Day Tea is an annual favorite at Oakwood Common in Dearborn https://www.oakwoodcommon.org/mothers-day-tea-annual-favorite-oakwood-common-dearborn/ Mon, 15 May 2017 13:00:46 +0000 http://bc.eitdev.com/?p=44135 Mother’s Day Tea on the campus of the Oakwood Common senior community in Dearborn is an annual favorite among residents, guests, and staff. This year’s fete held May 11 was no different. “It’s always a festive occasion honoring mothers, grandmothers, aunts and other special ladies on our campus,” sales manager Donna Brandt said. It is [...]

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Mother’s Day Tea on the campus of the Oakwood Common senior community in Dearborn is an annual favorite among residents, guests, and staff.

This year’s fete held May 11 was no different.

“It’s always a festive occasion honoring mothers, grandmothers, aunts and other special ladies on our campus,” sales manager Donna Brandt said.

It is tradition for wait staff to dress in Victorian period costumes, serving a delicious assortment of petit fours, finger sandwiches, scones and specialty teas at tables decorated with fine china, fresh floral bouquets, and long stemmed roses for each guest.

By Andrea Blum

Source: http://www.pressandguide.com/lifestyles/mother-s-day-tea-is-an-annual-favorite-at-oakwood/article_1c3fa1c9-bbd0-50a9-aba5-f013998327dd.html

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Resident Wanda Vasko shares about her talent for decorative painting https://www.oakwoodcommon.org/resident-wanda-vasko-shares-talent-decorative-painting/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:08:12 +0000 http://bc.eitdev.com/?p=44104 Beautiful colors, unique designs and interesting textures fill Wanda Vasko’s apartment in Oakwood Common’s senior living community.

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When Vasko, a longtime Dearborn resident and member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, moved to Oakwood Common in 2015, she brought along her hobby of decorative painting, converting her den into an artist’s studio.

“I picked my apartment because of the location, balcony and sunlight that shines through when I paint,” said Vasko, who only began painting as an adult. “Back when I was in school, we didn’t have any art or music classes.”

 
 

Vasko and her mom took their first classes in china painting together, when she was 33 and her mom was 53. Today, a china cabinet in Vasko’s apartment holds many of the pieces they both painted.

While raising four children and working full time as a secretary and later as a bookkeeper for H&R Block, Vasko had little time for hobbies.

Widowed in her 50s and with her children grown, Vasko started taking classes with Heritage Decorative Artists, which describes decorative painting as a diverse art form utilizing a variety of techniques and media to decorate functional and non-functional surfaces.

Vasko enjoys challenging herself with new projects and textures. “If it doesn’t work out, you just paint over it,” she said.

At Oakwood Common, residents are able to customize their apartments so Vasko requested that an accent wall be painted a bold color in her living room to complement a large floral painting she had done. Visitors agree that it was an excellent decision.

Whether painting on glass, ceramics, canvas, clothing, unusually shaped gourds, bird houses, and other materials, Vasko is open to trying new techniques and designs.

“We never fail to be amazed by the many talents of our residents like Wanda,” said Donna Brandt, sales manager for Oakwood Common. “The diversity of interests and backgrounds creates a wonderful community to live in.”

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Rescue Dog Makes Life Sweeter for Oakwood Common Resident https://www.oakwoodcommon.org/rescue-dog-makes-life-sweeter-oakwood-common-resident/ Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:27:37 +0000 http://bc.eitdev.com/?p=44096 Resident Beth Rager and her rescue dog are featured in this sweet story in the Dearborn Patch

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From Oakwood Common: When Beth Rager, 70, decided to move back to her home state of Michigan last summer after 40 years of living and working in Virginia, she had one main requirement. In addition to being closer to her daughter, granddaughter and brothers who live in the Detroit metro area, she would have to be able to have a dog wherever she moved.

Rager said, “My condo in Arlington had very strict rules, and dogs weren’t allowed.”

Wanting to maintain her independence, Rager started researching continuing care retirement communities. She said, “It had to be a place that allowed dogs and also offered me a lifetime guarantee of a place to live.”

Along with searching online, Rager visited different senior living communities during family visits to Michigan.

“When I first visited Oakwood Common in Dearborn, I loved the wetlands and grounds and noticed there are great places to walk a dog,” added Rager. “It’s also a smaller community so I felt it would be easier to get to know people.”

It was a two-day trial stay last year at Oakwood Common that finally helped her make a decision.

“As I was coming in the entrance, a woman who was walking her dog greeted me and asked me to join her for lunch when she learned I was a visitor,” said Rager. “Her invitation and seeing how staff knew everyone by name convinced me I was in the right place.”

Rager’s move also prompted Oakwood Common to make an exception for residents with pets.

“Normally, people move in with dogs they’ve had awhile and know their pet’s behavior,” said Donna Brandt, Oakwood Common’s sales manager. “Because of Beth’s situation, she couldn’t get a dog until after she moved in. We were a little unsure how that might work, so we agreed to a trial.”

A determined Rager was confident she could make it work.

During a visit to the Dearborn Animal Shelter, operated by the Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit, Rager found an adorable shih-tzu mix that desperately needed a home.

She named him “Sugar” and brought him to her apartment at Oakwood Common. What she didn’t know is that Sugar, estimated to be a year old, had separation anxiety. This meant that Sugar would bark anytime she left him alone–not a good thing when you have neighbors close by.

Although Rager never previously owned a dog of her own, she had walked and trained other dogs after her retirement a few years ago. Researching the Internet and using her own instincts about dogs, she came up with a plan.

She decided to stay in her apartment, not joining other residents for dinner or activities, until Sugar no longer had separation anxiety.

“At first, I’d only leave him for a minute or so at a time, then return to reassure him. I could go back to Oakwood Common’s Bistro after 10 days, and after three weeks, I could leave him alone for an hour and a half,” said Rager. “Once you get to that point, the dog is basically cured and you can leave him for four hours with no problem.”

Now Rager is comfortable going to her church choir practices in Southfield and participating in other community activities. She has also made friends with other dog owners on campus, and they occasionally take care of each other’s pets when needed.

As an added bonus, Oakwood Common residents and staff have learned that not only does Sugar make life sweeter for her owner, Rager is making life sweeter for them, too.

Rager enjoys playing guitar, writing funny songs, and entertaining others. Two of her original pieces are titled “The Lottery Song” and “Things I Don’t Understand.”

“I plan to include a funny stanza about Oakwood Common in one of my songs,” added Rager, whose friends and neighbors also expect a funny song about Sugar, too.

Oakwood Common, a Beaumont community, offers one and two bedroom senior living apartments located at 16351 Rotunda Drive, within a beautiful 29-acre community that includes exquisite landscaping, nature trails and scenic views along the historic Rouge River Gateway in Dearborn. Oakwood Common apartments, available with flexible payment options, offer exceptional amenities for independent living and can be readily customized. Assisted living and a comprehensive rehabilitation and skilled nursing center, part of Beaumont Health, are also available for those with additional needs.

For more information and to arrange tours, call 800-642-4663 or visit www.OakwoodCommon.org.

Original text source: https://patch.com/michigan/dearborn/rescue-dog-makes-life-sweeter-oakwood-common-resident

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Oakwood Common Residents Enjoy Transportation Options https://www.oakwoodcommon.org/oakwood-common-residents-enjoy-transportation-options/ Tue, 31 Jan 2017 20:16:24 +0000 https://www.oakwoodcommon.org/?p=41683 January 30, 2017, Oakwood Common residents enjoy transportation options

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Leisure Activities are Year-Round at Oakwood Common https://www.oakwoodcommon.org/leisure-activities-year-round-oakwood-common/ Wed, 25 Jan 2017 20:08:30 +0000 https://www.oakwoodcommon.org/?p=41680 December 19, 2016 Leisure activities are year round at Oakwood Common

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December 19, 2016 Leisure activities are year round at Oakwood Common

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Oakwood Common resident reveals origin of local bakery’s pepperoni roll https://www.oakwoodcommon.org/oakwood-common-resident-reveals-origin-local-bakerys-pepperoni-roll/ Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:25:58 +0000 https://www.oakwoodcommon.org/?p=41087 September 28, 2016 Oakwood Common resident reveals origin of local bakery pepperoni roll_

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Oakwood Common couple reveals love story that blossomed after 40 years https://www.oakwoodcommon.org/oakwood-common-couple-reveals-love-story-blossomed-40-years/ Tue, 16 Aug 2016 03:20:25 +0000 https://www.oakwoodcommon.org/?p=41064 August 15, 2016 Oakwood Common couple reveals love story that blossomed after 40 years

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August 15, 2016 Oakwood Common couple reveals love story that blossomed after 40 years

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