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Saint Simeon’s Administrator, Chris Gruszeczki, recently went through a training in St. Louis to become a Dementia Capable Caregiver and a Dementia Capable Trainer. The training, put on by CPI Dementia Care Specialists, looks at dementia in regards to an individual’s ability to function.

The program evaluates a person’s BATF – best ability to function. One part of the course discusses the theory of retrogenesis – that people with Alzheimer’s tend to lose their functions in the same order they gained them as children. “They are still an adult, but they can’t necessarily function the way they used to,” Gruszeczki said.

The end result of the program is to develop more person-centered care. “It means that the Resident is the most important component of the care team,” Gruszeczki said.

Gruszeczki plans to provide the 8-hour training to all of Saint Simeon’s staff over time. She will also be offering an abbreviated version of the training to Saint Simeon’s family members. Stay tuned for more details!

This training will help Saint Simeon's become an even better memory care/Alzheimer's care community!

Saint Simeon's was delighted to sponsor Mayor G.T. Bynum's Dementia Friendly Symposium, held at Morton Comprehensive Health Services on April 5, 2017. 

Tulsa is in the process of becoming a dementia-friendly city, in partnership with Dementia Friendly America. The end-goal is that our community will be a place where all people can live, age and thrive.

Saint Simeon's strives to make our campus as dementia-friendly as possible -- from the lighting, the paint colors, and most importantly, the way our staff interacts kindly, compassionately and calmly with Residents.

You can become a Dementia Friend (someone who is aware of the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's and willing and able to help people with dementia) by visiting

Friends of Saint Simeon’s enjoyed a splendid evening at The Polo Grill on Sunday, March 20, 2016 called “A Grand Evening,” a special fundraiser in which patrons donated a grand to go towards new beds in the Memory Center.

Chef Robert Merrifield, Trustee, Saint Simeon’s Foundation, and his team at The Polo Grill prepared a splendid meal for the 28 attendees. The eight-course menu centered on a Biblical-themed and included items such as “Loaves and Fishes” Salad with Citrus Cured Arctic Char, Tenderloin Medallions “Trinity” with steaks marinated in Mushroom Jus, Oscar, and Three Peppercorn Melange, and a Chocolate Gran Marnier “Sunday Sundae.” Each course was accompanied by a specially paired wine.

The evening opened with remarks from Will Farrior, President, Saint Simeon’s Foundation and a prayer by Father Bob Wickizer which focused on the idea that Saint Simeon’s is a place that allows adult children to truly “honor (their) father and mother” (Ephesians 6:2). In total, the event raised $35,100. George Dotson, Saint Simeon’s Home and Foundation Trustee, closed the evening with remarks thanking Robert and Donna Merrifield and announcing that as a thank you, Saint Simeon’s will be dedicating a willow tree on their behalf.

Are you familiar with traditional Sadie Hawkins Dances? Usually they are held on Feb. 29 every four years in celebration of Leap Day. On Feb. 29, 2016 at Saint Simeon's, in celebration of Leap Day, we held our traditional "every four years" Sadie Hawkins Dance! Residents enjoyed music and jokes by the Mountain Oyster Boys, dancing, and snacks. Everyone was encouraged to dress as hillbillies in recognition of Sadie Hawkins herself.

Here is some information about Sadie Hawkins from

Named after a fictional character, Sadie Hawkins Day celebrates role reversal by sanctioning women to ask men out on a date or even propose marriage.

There's a common misconception that February 29th (better known as Leap Day) is Sadie Hawkins Day. Although that isn't the case, February 29th does hold significance for women thanks to an old Irish tradition called St. Bridget's Complaint, which granted women permission to propose marriage on that day.

Sadie Hawkins Day is rooted in the story of Sadie Hawkins, a character created by Al Capp in the comic strip Li'l Abner. Sadie was described as "the homeliest gal in the hills." Sadie was unable get a date, so her father, a prominent citizen in the town of Dogpatch, named a day after her to help Sadie get a man. On Sadie Hawkins Day, a footrace was held in Dogpatch so the women could pursue the town's eligible bachelors.

According to the Li'l Abner website, Sadie Hawkins Day is an unspecified date in November which Al Capp observed in his comic strip for four decades.

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 was the annual Resident Art Show at Saint Simeon's. We have so many talented artists at Saint Simeon's -- many of them have sold paintings, sculptures, and other handiwork and even had their work published in books.

Naturally, no Art Show is complete without wine and cheese, so our Life Enrichment Department provided plenty of refreshments. Several Residents and staff members, and some visiting TCC students, enjoyed touring the Residents' work. Residents stood proudly beside their work and explained the inspiration behind it.

One of the artists whose works were on display were John Brooks Walton, Tulsa's most famous living architect, whose room at Saint Simeon's is now filled with his fantastic paintings and drawings. Other notable Resident artists featured were the Stitch in Time group, which creates stuffed animals and baby blankets, Martha Meyers' beautiful cross stitching, Vern Stanton's impressive wood carvings, and Paul McGraw's colorful paintings.

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