OKLAHOMA CITY – A broad-based coalition of Oklahoma’s advocates for older Oklahomans today praised the State Legislature for passage of Senate Bill 280, the Nursing Home Quality Assurance Initiative. The bill passed in both the State House and Senate today and now heads to Governor Kevin Stitt for his signature…
Francine Knapper was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 12, 1952. The 66-year-old grew up in the the Tulsa area with her two sisters and lots of cousins.
Francine attended local public schools in Tulsa, enjoying English, History and the works of Edgar Allan Poe. While she joined both the swim and dance teams for a short time, she says she was easily bored and always looking for new things to try. “I had a lot of fun growing up. I enjoyed it,” Francine said.
OKLAHOMA CITY – A large coalition of Oklahoma groups who advocate on behalf of seniors has endorsed a state legislative proposal entitled “The Nursing Home Quality Assurance Initiative.” The proposal aims to improve the quality of care in Oklahoma’s nursing homes and improve the quality of life for residents. The proposal has been introduced in the Oklahoma House of Representatives as House Bill 1902, by Speaker Charles McCall, and in the State Senate as Senate Bill 280, by Senator Frank Simpson.
Walk into the Noble Health Care Center between now and December 25 and there is no mistaking what time of year it is. Visitors walk down a hallway flanked by a giant inflatable Santa Clause before entering a lobby that is adorned by not one, but three different Christmas trees. Holiday decorations– snowflakes, wreathes, and ornaments – are everywhere. Around a half dozen residents are being led in Christmas and holiday-themed songs in a recreation room, some wearing Santa hats. It’s freezing outside, but there is a warm and festive atmosphere in this long-term care facility, home to approximately 80 seniors and individuals with disabilities who rely on around-the-clock assistance and care.
Madge Herndon, originally Madge Bennet, was the 12th of 13 children when she was born on December 7, 1914. An aunt at her birth, she grew up in the company of her nieces and nephews, and at age 104, she’s outlived many of them.
Irene Hetherington was born 104 years ago, on November 15, 1914. Today she is a resident at Grace Living Center in Bethany, not too far from the Oklahoma City home she was born in.
Talking to her, it’s hard not to think about the breadth of things she has witnessed and how much the world around her has changed in over a century. Irene, however, doesn’t seem overly impressed with the history she has lived through. Looking back on the Dust Bowl, for instance, she says she remembers the time but never gave much thought to its significance. “You would see the dust on the curtains, and you could smell it and it would get in your food,” she says. “But it wasn’t history when it happened, it was just life.”
John Kuhlman was born in Grady County, Oklahoma, just west of Minco, in 1927. In his 91 years of life, he’s lived through the Dust Bowl, served in the Army during World War II, taught himself to farm and to repair airplanes, married twice, and cultivated a deep faith in Jesus Christ that he has worked to share with everyone around him.