Mother’s Day

May 28th, 2018

This week we celebrated Mother’s Day with a special performance by Kent Appledoorn. Everyone, especially the ladies, enjoyed Kent’s up-close and personal style of entertainment. By the end of the show, everyone was singing, clapping, and dancing to his music from the 50’s and 60’s.


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Senior Prom

May 14th, 2018

Oak Park Senior Living held its first SENIOR PROM. Residents enjoyed music from Wayne and the Boys, a scrumptious dessert, champagne, and dancing. Volunteers from Shepherd of the Valley assisted with decorating, doing makeup for the ladies, and escorting residents to and from the prom. Everyone enjoyed being a “teenager” for the evening and can’t wait until next year’s prom.

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Spring is in the air!

April 10th, 2018

Easter fun, dancing, and flowers are sure signs of spring!


Pastor Shad Vork and his son visited residents to play music and share the Easter message. Everyone enjoyed the solos and the singalong songs.

Easter Music at Oak Park Senior Living

Flower Show

Several residents from Oak Park Senior Living spent the afternoon at the Spring Flower Show at the Como Park Conservatory. Everyone enjoyed looking at the beautiful flowers. We also saw some exotic birds, a 13’ Anaconda snake, and a sloth resting among the tropical plant exhibit.


Kent Appeldoorn

Kent Appeldoorn stopped in to entertain the residents at Oak Park Senior Living. He kept everyone singing, clapping, and laughing as he sang music from the 50s and 60s. He even got our activity coordinator, Rockea Johnson, to play backup guitar during Rock Around the Clock!

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February 16th, 2018

Elvis was in the building at Oak Park Senior Living for our Mardi Gras celebration. Everyone had fun singing and clapping along to some good ol’ rock n’ roll hits.

Elvis at Oak Park Senior Living Elvis at Oak Park Senior Living

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Oak Park Winter Carnival

February 2nd, 2018

On Wednesday, January 31, Oak Park Senior Living held its Winter Carnival Celebration. We had food, entertainment from Amy & Adams, and the crowning of our Oak Park royalty. Staff and residents voted for their royalty and the results were as follows:

King – Merle Dowdall
Queen – Sue Sabelko
Royal Court- Phil Burnell, Frances Allen, Roger Walsh, and Linda Schaeffer.

In two weeks King Merle, Queen Sue, and the Royal Court will preside over our Mardi Gras celebration!

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New Years Party

January 2nd, 2018

On December 31st, the residents of Oak Park Senior Living came together to celebrate the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018. Entertainment was provided by Wayne and the Boys, who got everyone up and dancing! They were singing along with music from the 50s, 60s and today. Our chef provided yummy snacks and everyone enjoyed a glass or two of “champagne” or sparkling juice. At the end of the night, a toast was made by Sue, our activity director, and together we sang Auld Lang Syne.  Happy New Year!

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Stillwater Elks Lodge #179

December 27th, 2017

Before Christmas, Stillwater Elks Lodge #179 stopped by to carol for our residents. They brought Santa, Mrs. Claus, and elves of all ages to spread holiday cheer. Oak Park Senior Living has been fortunate to have many groups of carolers stopping by this holiday season.

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State Fair Celebration

September 6th, 2017

On Wednesday, August 30th, the tenants at Oak Park Senior Living had a State Fair Celebration, and they didn’t even have to leave the building. The day started with tenants showing off their talents in our “State Fair Exhibit”. We had entrees from all areas of our campus, and as you can see from the pictures, we have some very talented people calling Oak Park Senior Living their home. In the afternoon we had our own version of the “Grandstand Entertainment” with the husband and wife team of Amy and Adams. Of course, no State Fair Celebration would be complete without FOOD. Tenants sampled corn dogs, mini donuts, deep fried pickles and cheese curds made by our talented chef and his staff. The tenants all agreed that the day was a success and are already talking about what they want to enter in next years fair!

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Holiday Fun: Carolers & CoCo’s Heart Rescue Visit

January 10th, 2017

All we wanted for Christmas were…… Christmas Carolers and A PUPPY!

The tenants from our Memory Care Units shared the spirit of the Holidays by caroling in the front lobby of Oak Park Senior Living. The tenants meet for choir practice several times before the actual performance. They were excited to share the results of all their hard work with peers, guests and staff. Favorites such as “Jiggle Bells” and “We Wish you a Merry Christmas” were among the selections performed. People in the lobby joined in to make it a fun event for everyone.
The tenants are already asking when their next “show” is going to be!

CoCo’s Heart Rescue made a Christmas time stop with some adorable pups. These two ladies were hoping Santa would put a pup or two under the tree for them.

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Puppy Vists from CoCo’s Heart Rescue

September 19th, 2016

Oak Park residents look forward to their puppy visits from CoCo’s Heart Rescue twice a month! CoCo’s Heart Rescue brings in puppies that are currently up for adoption to visit and play with the residents.

Being with a dog can help reduce cortisol (a stress hormone), and help boost levels of the serotonin (the happy hormone). Dogs seem to have an instinct for when sad or frightened people need to be comforted. For seniors facing fears of the future or surgery, a pup can help someone stay in the moment. Dogs can also help relieve the stresses of people with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Patients with dementia experience bouts of agitation, and pups can help calm them down. Source: http://bit.ly/1dOgxm1 

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