Monthly Archives: January 2015

A Visit at Rolling Oaks

Our Membership Manager, Maricel Lumaquin, recently visited one of our member communities, Rolling Oaks Apartments in Rocklin, and shared a few words about her enjoyable experience there. 

It was a beautiful sunny afternoon on January 13, 2015 when I visited Rolling Oaks Apartments, a VOA 78 unit affordable housing in Rocklin. I was greeted with smiles by residents in the lobby. Turning right was the office of Suzi Johnson, Service Coordinator for 8 years. Her office was adorned by beautiful decorations given to her by her residents, reflecting the diversity and different cultures of the community. Suzi knows her residents and they love her. She takes notes of all her interactions with them and enters them in the computer when she has time. Her record keeping helps her when something unusual is happening such as when a resident hasn’t been out of his apartment. She is their buddy, their counselor, she is their friend. She is a people person.

At 74, Suzi is an example that age is just a number. She is very energetic and sharp. She drives every day from her West Sacramento home. And she loves what she’s doing.

Her words of wisdom… “Surround yourself with good people and positive environment.”

Maricel Lumaquin, Membership Manager for LeadingAge California. Maricel can be reached at (916) 469-3373 or


Orange County’s Quaker Gardens Senior Living Renames to Rowntree Gardens


Contact: Jason Sherman, Sherman Communications and Marketing

Nearly a half-century since its founding in 1965, Quaker Gardens Senior Living has been renamed Rowntree Gardens.

The 335-resident community, is one of Orange County’s only licensed, nonprofit, continuing care retirement communities. Rowntree Gardens is retooling nearly everything from its branding to its structures to its menus to its offerings.

In late 2013, Rowntree Gardens launched an extensive review to identify what changes would be necessary to flourish during the next 50 years. That review encompassed its internal and external audience perceptions and needs, services, physical infrastructure, brand promise and relevance.

“This is a very exciting and dynamic time at Rowntree Gardens,” explained Chief Executive Office and Board Chair Randy Brown. “We’re here to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of people through all seasons of life with compassionate and skilled care. We hope everything we do brings to life our vision statement, ‘To be a daily blessing to all we encounter.’”

Read the full press release.

Casa de Modesto Celebrates 50 years in 2015


Article courtesy of Kelly Wiest, executive director of Casa de Modesto:

Casa de Modesto opened its doors on May 16, 1965 and was the dream of Merle Strohm, member of the Modesto Church of the Brethern.

Although Casa de Modesto is not officially affiliated with any particular church or denomination today, the Church of the Brethern played a  major role in the  formation of the community.

Throughout the past 49 years, Casa de Modesto has seen many changes and yet it remains today as it has always been – a home for seniors to live healthy and fulfilling lives among friends and family.  Development of a tri-level reirement center was a new concept in 1965.  Although there are many more retirement communities today, Casa de Modesto remains the only non-profit, multi-level community in Modesto; providing Independent and  Assisted Living  and skilled nursing.  In 1978 the Delmar E. Myers Care Center was opened to meet the demand for skilled nursing.  Since then Casa de Modesto has added courtyard apartments, an activity center, maintenance building and Restorative Therapy unit, as well as a  state-of-the-art kitchen.  Casa de  completed a transformation of its  grounds several years ago and is in the process of updating its Assisted Living rooms.

Other celebrations planned for this year include a fall fundraising event, May senior prom, participating in the 4th of July Parade, hosting the Chamber of Commerce in June and several open houses.

As Casa de Modesto  looks forward to the next 50 years there will undoubtedly be many more changes, but at the center of those changes remains the solid foundation of fellowship that makes Casa de Modesto “a home to come home to” for countless seniors.

To learn more about Casa de Modesto, visit 

ABHOW’s Rosewood Community Recognized Nationally as Leader in Successful Aging Movement

Contact: Dani Row, GlynnDevins

BAKERSFIELD, California – Rosewood, a Bakersfield senior living community, was recently named an official Certified Center for Successful Aging (CSA) by Masterpiece Living (MPL), a specialty group committed to helping older adults age in a better way. This recognition is awarded to forward-thinking, progressive leaders in the field of aging who are actively committed to furthering the successful aging movement.

“What a great honor to be named a Certified Center for Successful Aging! Today’s seniors live purposeful lives, and expect forward-thinking programming and services so they can age successfully,” said Ellen Renner, executive director at Rosewood. “We’ve equipped residents and team members with tools to do just that, and we hope to not only set a positive example for senior organizations in Bakersfield, but also to organizations across the country.”

This certification is awarded to senior living communities that meet qualitative and quantitative criteria that reflect integration of successful aging principles in the areas of culture, outreach, leadership, team member engagement, resident engagement and purposeful programming.

Rosewood is among eight other communities in the country to achieve this certification and one of two ABHOW (American Baptist Homes of the West) communities to become certified.