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Spanish Cove offers residents opportunity to innovate, invent

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The N2O Innovators (Never Too Old) group from Spanish Cove Retirement Village gets a tour of OSU’s engineering department. [PROVIDED]
The N2O Innovators (Never Too Old) group from Spanish Cove Retirement Village gets a tour of OSU’s engineering department. [PROVIDED]

Spanish Cove Retirement Village is big on helping older adults prepare for life after retirement with its free seminars on “How to Pay for Senior Living,” but it’s about more than how to afford a continuing care community. It’s about how to stay active and independent once seniors make the transition.

Spanish Cove is well known for its many activities for seniors and the opportunities provided to residents. But the latest effort provides a way for residents to make life easier for themselves and fellow seniors with innovation and invention.

It’s called N2O Innovators (Never Too Old). 

“We believe our residents represent the ideal pool for ideas, creativeness and talent for inventing and redesigning devices and products to help people live longer better,” said Don Blose, executive administrator at the Yukon continuing care retirement community.

“The mission of N2O is to make aging more interesting, purposeful and rewarding,” Blose said. “The N2O vision is to create meaningful innovations, products and services that promote independent living and a better quality of life for persons aged 60 years and older.”

The program launched in January with formation of idea groups to brainstorm product innovations that would help seniors remain more independent. The teams focused on activities of daily living, caregiving and coordination, mobility and movement, brain health, improving financial longevity, personal purpose and volunteerism, physical wellness, home life environment, and activities and social stimulation.

Dozens of ideas emerged, and some are actively being pursued by students at Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma. A steering committee consisting of staff and residents will help guide the process.

Residents Helen and Bill Gillespie were part of a group that traveled to OSU to share the N2O story with the engineering staff and students. 

Helen said her first reaction was, “What on earth would I know about an engineering department?” But the visit was eye-opening, and she came away enthusiastic about the possibility of partnering with the university to address challenges older adults face.

“It was amazing,” she said. “One of the groups is working on dementia, and the doctor working with the project has already come to Spanish Cove for a focus group. This stretches your mind. If you weren't here, how would you know about these kinds of things.”

The Gillespies moved to Spanish Cove almost a year ago with the help of Nikki Buckelew and OKC Mature Moves after spending several months attending seminars offered by the retirement village. They were impressed with the care given to her mother as a resident. They considered their options, spoke with their financial adviser, and shopped around. They chose a community where they can carry on life as usual for now, but have care options available if needed later.

Blose said as a long-term care provider, he sees that the infrastructure is not prepared for the big influx of seniors in the near future. 

“We are right at the beginning of this explosion," he said. “Part of the big purpose is to come up with innovative strategies that will help people stay in their homes, stay independent, and have quality in their life."

“We're doing this for our own brain health too,” Blose said. “It requires imagination, and we need to challenge ourselves to think differently and overcome the stereotypical view of older people as being less useful.”

The next seminar

April 30th is the next “How to Pay for Senior Living” free seminar at Spanish Cove’s Yukon campus. It begins at 10 a.m. and complimentary lunch will follow.  You are also invited to join campus tours. You must RSVP to 405-354-5906.

The seminar panel is comprised of experts who can speak to the myths and realities associated with funding independent living, assisted, skilled nursing and long-term nursing care. Covered topics will include government programs, like changes to Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans Aid and Attendance; insurance coverage, such as long-term care insurance, and understanding retirement community contracts, such as Life Care Contracts.

The panelists are:

  • Nikki Buckelew, recognized across the country as an expert in how to provide unique real estate services for seniors.
  • Eunice Khoury, host of Well Preserved with Eunice Khoury on KTOK who specializes in Medicare.
  • John Vincent, senior services specialist for the Medicare Assistance Program of the Oklahoma Insurance Department.
  • Dan Yancey, President and COO of Senior Financial Resources.
  • Jill Huff, Marketing Director at Spanish Cove.

Reserve your seat at the April 30 seminar by calling 405-354-5906 or online at www.spanishcove.com/events.

This article is sponsored by Spanish Cove Retirement Village.

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The N2O Innovators (Never Too Old) group from Spanish Cove Retirement Village gets a tour of OSU’s engineering department. [PROVIDED]

The N2O Innovators (Never Too Old) group from Spanish Cove Retirement Village gets a tour of OSU’s engineering department. [PROVIDED]

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Spanish Cove Retirement Village

Spanish Cove is an adult senior retirement community located in the metropolitan Oklahoma City area, in the suburb of Yukon. We are a Continuing Care Retirement Community (or “CCRC,” sometimes known as a “Continuum of Care Retirement Community”), offering amenities and programs for every phase of retirement, from independent living to home health care, skilled nursing, assisted living, and nursing care. Residents enjoy a lifestyle that is maintenance-free and carefully customized to meet the needs of each individual. Read more ›

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