What do you love about the residents here? Golden Age Nursing Center

“I like putting smiles on their faces when they’re lonely. Shawna Woods-Ware, CNA

“At this facility it’s where they’re like family.” Susan Denson, LPN

“You get to be the person that’s there when they don’t have anybody there.” Justine Schleve, CMA/CNA

“I love that we’re all close and treat each other like family.” Brandi Friend, CNA

I recently listened to a TED talk that was both inspiring and motivating. This is a reality that I want to share with you and hopefully you will be inspired to make some life saving changes.
Ron Finley is a guerrilla gardener in South Central Los Angeles. He is an artist and designer who couldn’t help but notice what was going on in his backyard. “South Central Los Angeles,” he quips, “home of the drive-thru and the drive-by.” And it’s the drive-thru fast-food stands that contribute more to the area’s poor health and high mortality rate, with one in two kids contracting a curable disease like Type 2 diabetes.
“Dialysis units are popping up like Starbucks. Wheelchairs are bought and sold like used cars.”
Finley’s vision for a healthy, accessible “food forest” started with the curbside veggie garden he planted in the strip of dirt in front of his own house. When the city tried to shut it down, Finley’s fight gave voice to a larger movement that provides nourishment, empowerment, education – and healthy, hopeful futures — one urban garden at a time.
A group of volunteers known as the LA Green Grounds, gardeners from all walks of life are planting gardens on abandoned lots, traffic medians and along curb sides. Shovels become the tools to give young people meaningful work and get them off the streets.
It is a movement to take back our health. Think about that for a moment…… take back our health!! How did we lose so much control over feeding our bodies nutritious food?
If kids grow kale, they will eat kale. If kids grow tomatoes, they will eat tomatoes; Instead of blindly eating what is put in front of them.
Planting a vegetable garden beside a road is not longer a fineable action in Los Angeles. In a major victory for TED speaker Ron Finley, otherwise known as the renegade gardener of South Central, the Los Angeles City Council voted 15-0 to allow the planting of vegetable gardens in unused strips of city property.
What a victory!!! Strange that the city would want to fine a person for growing vegetables; for wanting to promote healthy eating; for caring!!!!

Vicki L Mayfield, M.Ed., R.N., LMFT Marriage and Family Therapy Oklahoma City

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OMRF Sarcoidosis Research Clinic staff (front row) Lori Garman, Ph.D., Astrid Rasmussen, M.D., Ph.D., Courtney Montgomery, Ph.D., Judy Harris, Sarah Cioli, and (back row) Nathan Pezant and Allshine Chen.

The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation is seeking volunteers who have been diagnosed with sarcoidosis, as well as healthy individuals, to participate in sample donations for OMRF’s new Sarcoidosis Research Clinic.
The clinic is the first of its kind in the state and the only one in the region.
Sarcoidosis is a rare disease where cells in the immune system that cause inflammation overreact and cluster together to form tiny lumps called granulomas. If too many of these granulomas form in a single organ, this can cause the organ to malfunction or even fail. These granulomas can form in the eyes, liver, skin and brain and most often are found in the lungs.
African-American and European American individuals who have been diagnosed with sarcoidosis, as well as healthy African-American and European American people with no history of autoimmune disease, are eligible to participate.
OMRF scientist and Sarcoidosis Clinic Director Courtney Montgomery, Ph.D., said sarcoidosis strikes 39 in 100,000 African Americans, versus only 5 in 100,000 Caucasians. A recent study showed that the mortality rate, particularly among women, is nearing 7 percent.
This disease is poorly understood currently but is thought to involve both genes and environmental factors, Montgomery said. OMRF is working to identify the genetic factors that lead to the disease in order to improve diagnosis, treatment and disease outcomes. “To achieve these goals, we need participants to help us learn more about sarcoidosis,” she said.
Participants will undergo a screening process, complete questionnaires, and donate a small blood sample to be used for research. Participants must also provide consent to review medical records and request previous biopsies related to the disease.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer this option to Oklahomans,” said Montgomery, who has studied the disease for nearly 20 years. “Sarcoidosis patients are often misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. By coming here and allowing us to learn from them, they can play a key role in helping us understand the underlying biology of the condition.”
Montgomery said by having an active research clinic, researchers can take discoveries they’ve made and translate them into something clinically meaningful. She also said the new clinic is intended to serve as a long-term resource to the public.
If you are interested in participating or would like more information about donating to the Sarcoidosis Research Clinic, please call Judy Harris at 405-271-2574 or toll-free at 800-605-7447. Participants will also receive $20 per visit.


This event will be held at the OU Schusterman Center, Learning Library 4502 E. 41st Street, Tulsa, OK 74135 December 1st, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Check in/registration will start at 7:30 a.m. Session Topics: Violence in the workplace, Preventing Injuries at Work, Humor Amongst Healthcare, The Grieving Professional and Drug Use/Abuse Pre-registration $120 until November 24th, after that date $150 Lunch & CEU’s included Register at For more information call 1-888-616-8161.

As humans, we are always in a hurry, and when something goes wrong we are always looking for that quick fix. From everyday inconveniences to even being sick, we want everything taken care of immediately.
However, sometimes the quick fix we think we need, isn’t actually the best option for us. This week is National Antibiotic Awareness Week, an annual observance to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and the importance of the appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world. Up to 50 percent of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not optimally effective as prescribed.
“If you walk into your doctor’s appointment with the expectation that an antibiotic may not be required for your illness, that will go a long way in facilitating an open conversation with your provider about if an antibiotic is necessary,” said John Hurst, St. Anthony Infectious Diseases Pharmacist and Director of Antibiotic Stewardship.
So what happens when you take an antibiotic that’s not needed? “If you take an antibiotic that is not needed, you are putting yourself and others at risk. One in five patients receiving an antibiotic experiences an adverse event,” commented Hurst. “Antibiotics damage the good bacteria in and on your body that help you digest food and protect you from the bad bacteria. Bacteria learn quickly; the bacteria that survive a course of antibiotics can become resistant to that antibiotic rendering it useless during subsequent infections,” he added.
According to Hurst there are some illnesses that do not require antibiotics. Viral infections such as respiratory infections and the common cold can be rough on people and take weeks to recover from, but antibiotics are not needed and do not have a role in therapy for these types of infections.
Believe it or not the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in livestock is another significant source of antibiotic resistance, and is a danger to human health and modern medicine. “I would suggest looking for restaurants and food brands that raise livestock without the use of antibiotics as growth promoters,” suggested Hurst.
Resistance to every current available antibiotic has been documented and found in certain parts of the world, including communities in the United States. Infections caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria kill more than 23,000 Americans annually.
So what can we do to prevent this downward spiral? Hurst says YOU have a significant role in preventing the spread of antibiotic resistance. “Simply washing hands, practicing food safety, getting vaccinated, and accepting symptom treatment without antibiotics for viral infections will help improve antibiotic stewardship in our community.”