Gone are the days when cafeterias and pre-plated dining made the cut in senior living. Now, in order to stay competitive, providers are incorporating five-star restaurants into their offerings. And that means staying on the cutting edge of all that is offered outside of the community walls. But creating a true restaurant requires time and attention, not to mention some inspiration from an executive chef who “gets it.” Enter: Chef Jackie Nabong, Hawaii native and veteran Roy’s restaurants chef, known nationwide for its Hawaiian and Asian fusion cuisine. “Chef Jackie” brings those same influences to some of her creations at Oakmont Senior Living’s Capriana community in Brea, Calif. And while some residents have been skeptical at first, she says, the dining experience has become more than just about food. While some communities are retrofitting the restaurant-style concept, Oakmont had the benefit of building its dining program from the ground up for the continuing care retirement community’s opening in March 2013. Oakmont Senior Living has developed more than 30 communities in the western United States and is family owned and operated. The building includes several dining venues, including indoor and outdoor patio options as well as two kitchens: one traditional restaurant kitchen and the other a sweeping exhibition kitchen that not only serves as a food hub, but also an entertainment and programming portal. Residents enjoy the food from a taste perspective, but they also engage with it as an activity, Nabong explains, in learning about new foods and styles of [...]
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National Senior Health and Fitness Day on May 28 is a great reminder that in addition to staying physically active, eating well is a huge part of being healthy, especially as you age. It might surprise you, but seniors need higher nutritional value as they grow older to stay mentally sharp, to maintain a strong immune system and to keep their energy levels up. After 50, many of our dietary needs change. Our body's ability to absorb or retain certain nutrients decreases and we need less and less calories and sodium. At the same time we need more folic acid, calcium, potassium and Vitamins B, C, and D. Creating a balanced diet with all those nutritional guidelines to follow can be challenging. And most people think you have to sacrifice taste to achieve this; but good nutritional food doesn’t have to be bland, it can also be tasty. By extracting natural favors and creating a rich demi-glace you can achieve both taste and nutrition in this seared swordfish dish. Swordfish is a great option for seniors because while it helps you stay within healthy calorie and sodium limits, it also provides potassium and Vitamin D. Jackie Nabong is the executive chef at Oakmont of Capriana, a premier retirement community in Brea. http://oakmontofcapriana.com Hot Iron Seared Swordfish & Roasted Jalapeno Brussels Sprouts – Yield 1 Serving Ingredients: Swordfish – 5 oz. Olive Oil Blend – As needed Mrs. Dash – 2 Tsp. Jalapeno Brussels Sprouts – 2 ½ oz. Recipe to [...]
Who is the fairest one of all? Disneyland's first Snow White. In 1955 at the theme park's grand opening, JoAnn Dean Killingsworth was Disneyland's first Snow White, the only princess to get her own float the day Walt Disney opened the gates and introduced his creation to the world. Now 90, she paints – and looks back on a Hollywood career. She’s jitterbugged on ice skates at the old Cocoanut Grove in L.A. Looked adorable in a cowgirl hat for a photo shoot with Roy Rogers. Stood in for Judy Garland. Danced for Red Skelton. And if you were one of the 90 million TV viewers who watched Disneyland’s grand opening on July 17, 1955, you surely saw her. She was Disneyland’s first Snow White, the only princess to get her own float, the day Walt opened the gates for a 90-minute ABC special that would introduce his creation to the world. So what’s left? Well, if you’re JoAnn Dean Killingsworth, a lot. “I might paint that view,” she says, pointing to the gardens outside the window of her Brea retirement home. “And then I might not. It depends on how I feel.” Killingsworth is 90 now – an age when you can do things, or not, depending on how you feel. On the day I met with her, she felt dizzy. A touch of vertigo had set in a few weeks ago. But it’s her only complaint. “I’m too lucky,” she says. “So many people hurt, and I’m not [...]
Capriana, a retirement campus in Brea, and the Roxanna Todd Hodges Stroke Foundation are hosting a Bingo fundraiser to support local stroke prevention and awareness. OC residents are invited to come out for a fun night of bingo that will benefit the foundation and aid local stroke research and resources. The bingo fundraiser will offer thousands of dollars in prizes. Attendance is $25 a person and will include a game board, beverages and Italian desserts. Call 888-794-9466, or visit http://rthfoundation.org. - See more at: http://www.orangecoast.com/charitableevents/Details.aspx?ID=414191#sthash.Pi6tKB2l.dpuf
Capriana, an Oakmont Senior Living retirement campus in Brea, has partnered with the RTH Stroke Foundation to host a free stroke awareness and prevention seminar on Wednesday, March 12, and a Bingo fundraiser on Wednesday, March 19. Stroke is now the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the most common cause of adult disability. Approximately 795,000 Americans suffer from stokes each year with roughly 160,000 of those individuals passing from stroke-related reasons, and the remaining challenged by permanent physical and mental disabilities. However, research shows that 80 percent of strokes can be prevented by knowing how to recognize and respond to warning signs, and taking preventative measures that lower personal risk. Local residents are invited to join RTH Stroke Foundation President Deborah Massaglia on March 12 for a discussion on how to prevent stroke in themselves and their loved ones. The free seminar will provide new information about risk factors and treatable conditions linked to strokes and warning signs to look out for. Following the presentation, attendees will receive a free carotid artery and blood pressure screening to help them assess their current risk for stroke. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will include refreshments. The following week, local residents are invited to come out for a fun night of bingo on March 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. that will benefit the RTH Stroke Foundation. The bingo fundraiser will offer thousands of dollars in prizes and allow community members [...]
Orange County, Calif. (Nov. 20, 2013) – The SoCal 55+Housing Council honored Oakmont Senior Living with a 2013 SAGE Award for Project of the Year in the continuing care retirement community category during a ceremony in Costa Mesa on November 20. Oakmont’s Executive Director Ken Garnett accepted the SAGE Award recognizing Capriana, the company’s world-class retirement campus in Brea, for its innovative approach to retired living and continuing care services. Since 1995, SoCal 55+Housing Council has recognized individuals, projects and programs with SAGE Awards for their efforts and outstanding contributions to enhancing the quality of life for Southern California residents aged 55 and older. This year, Capriana was one of only four community projects to be honored at the 19th Annual SAGE Awards. Completed earlier this year, Capriana is Orange County’s newest and most luxurious retirement campus. Covering 5.5 acres, the community is currently home to 80 residents and offers independent and assisted-living options for its 79 spacious apartment homes and casitas. As a full-service retirement campus, Capriana provides a wide range of resort amenities and services that are redefining the world of retired living. From gourmet meals and concierge services, to enjoying a screening in the movie theater and working in the resident gardens, Oakmont Senior Living has taken great care to create not just a community, but a rewarding lifestyle. Other onsite amenities and common areas include a fully equipped fitness center with daily fitness instruction, hiking trails, outdoor pool, library, salon and day spa, cocktail lounge, activity [...]
Sam Faye's voice rises as he describes what makes Capriana, a new retirement community in Brea slated to open next month, worth monthly fees sometimes in excess of $6,000. The executive director of the 121-unit complex rattles off a list of amenities: movie theater, art studio, gym, day spa, salon, bar. "It's closely akin to a cruise ship," he says, "for seniors." Construction of new senior housing stalled during the recession as financing dried up and home sales plummeted. But the market has picked up momentum recently, and developers are forging ahead. Capriana is one of more than a half-dozen senior housing developments in the works or recently completed in Orange County. The projects include top-of-the-line complexes, low-income apartments and standalone homes nestled in the new community of Rancho Mission Viejo. "There are more and more communities that are in development stages," Faye said. "The demand for senior housing is growing. It's going to continue to grow because the population is aging so rapidly." By 2015, the 55-and-over population in the United States is projected to jump more than 16 percent to 88 million as more baby boomers hit retirement age, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. By the end of this decade, that group is expected to grow to nearly 100 million. Investors, particularly those in real estate investment trusts – called REITs – are looking to capitalize on those trends, flooding the $300 billion market with new capital and boosting deal activity. "This is the fastest growing segment [...]