LeadingAge Oklahoma awarded two individuals associated with Saint Simeon’s at its annual awards ceremony on March 10, 2015 at the Oklahoma History Museum in Oklahoma City.
Dr. Mary Nole, Wellness Director at Saint Simeon’s, was recognized with the Terry Clark Outstanding Leader in Aging Award. This honor is bestowed on an individual employed at a LeadingAge Oklahoma member community who positively impacts the aging services profession. Dr. Nole was honored for her lifelong commitment to improving the physical well-being of senior adults, which includes her five years as the Wellness Director at Saint Simeon’s state-of-the-art Moody Wellness Center. Dr. Nole has been a leader in ushering in a dramatic mind-shift when it comes to exercise and older adults. At Saint Simeon’s, she encourages Residents in every area of the community – including nursing care and memory care – to exercise.
Vernon Stanton, Saint Simeon’s resident, was recognized as the LeadingAge Resident Volunteer of the Year. The Volunteer of the Year award is bestowed upon one volunteer for outstanding contributions that result in positive changes for a facility. The Wellness Center staff has come to rely on Mr. Stanton’s assistance in the Wellness Center, which enables Saint Simeon’s to serve as many residents in exercise classes as possible. Mr. Stanton escorts Residents when it’s time for their exercise class, leads them through the weight-lifting routine, encourages them throughout classes, and is able to speak to them on a peer-to-peer level, even sharing his own story of coming to Saint Simeon’s near death and his vast physical improvements.