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Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson recognizes the importance of helping organizations in the local community and is pleased to announce it’s coordinating a donation drive for the Joshua City Animal Shelter this June. The senior living community is asking the public to drop off canned food for puppies and kittens, bleach, Dawn dish soap, laundry soap, cat litter, rawhide bones for dogs, cat and dog toys, old blankets, as well as old towels and wash cloths. The assisted living and memory care community encourages people who live in Burleson and the surrounding areas to drop off donations at Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson (1155 NW John Jones Dr. in Burleson) inside House A, Monday through Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. from now until June 27.

“We are thankful for Mustang Creek Estates and their efforts to help us care for the animals in our shelter,” said Carla Hall, animal control officer at Joshua City Animal Shelter. “With the number of pets we currently have, we go through many of the needed items on daily basis, and we want the local public to know that every donation goes a long way.”

The late spring and summer months are busy times for animal shelters. People and their pets tend to be outside more, which can lead to pets wandering away from home and becoming strays, and many cats give birth during this time of the year. The Joshua City Animal Shelter works hard to provide the animals with the best care possible throughout the year.

“When we told our residents about this donation drive, they were thrilled because many of them grew up around animals and wanted to help the ones in need,” said Melissa Meyer, executive director of Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson. “After we heard that animal shelters fill up faster during warmer months, we started thinking about how to help, and we believe this donation drive is the least we can do. At Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson, we are always looking for ways to help others, whether it’s securing donations for the animal shelter, a school supply drive for local teachers, or organizing fundraising events. 

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In March, children around the country will celebrate the birthday of one of the most famous children’s book authors of all time: Dr. Seuss. The residents of Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson are gearing up for an upcoming visit to the Clinkscale Elementary School for a unique reading activity on Friday, March 8. During this special intergenerational activity, residents of the senior living community will visit children from kindergarten and second grade and read some of their favorite Dr. Seuss books. Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson will also donate books to the school to ensure these stories can be enjoyed by students for years to come.

“Our residents love visiting the children from Clinkscale Elementary, and they are thrilled to participate in an activity that allows them to pass the love of reading onto a younger generation,” said Melissa Meyer, executive director of Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson. “Visiting the kids always creates such positive energy and excitement among everyone, and we are thankful for the partnership with the school.”

Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson continually looks for ways to be active in the community and connect with people of all ages. The residents and team members enjoy sharing their positive spirit with others and inspiring them to look for fun, simple ways to spread joy. This special visit is part of an ongoing partnership between the senior living community and Clinkscale Elementary School. Residents of Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson visit the school regularly for a reading program. Intergenerational activities provide many benefits to the lives of seniors, including improving their physical and mental health. The children also value the connection with the older generation and truly benefit from the relationships with the seniors.

“It is very rewarding to see the seniors and our students interact with one another during each visit,” said Jaree Sheeler, counselor at Clinkscale Elementary School. “We realize the value of intergenerational activities, and we value the relationship with Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson. We look forward to many more visits.” 

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For many, yearly holiday traditions are what end up making the Christmas season feel nostalgic. Whether it’s decorating the Christmas tree or sharing memories and traditions, the holidays have a unique way of bringing families together. Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson recently hosted a special holiday event at the senior living community for the residents and their families, who had the opportunity to decorate gingerbread houses, sip on hot chocolate and enjoy a homelike holiday atmosphere. During this event, Santa visited the senior living community so residents and their families had the chance to see their children’s and grandchildren’s eyes light up as they sat on Santa’s lap and told him what they wanted for Christmas.

“It was heartwarming to see our residents and their families enjoying the holiday atmosphere in our community,” said Melissa Meyer, executive director of Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson. “The holiday season reminds us of the importance of family and friends, and we were thrilled to welcome our residents’ children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren into our community for this special event.”

This is one of the many intergenerational activities Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson provides for the residents. Events and activities like these greatly benefit the lives of seniors, including improving their physical and mental health. The children, whether they are family or not, also value the connection with the older generation and truly benefit from the relationships with the seniors.

“We have many reasons to give thanks, and we definitely find joy in the community we have at Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson,” said Meyer. “Our residents and their families had a blast during this event, and we are strongly considering making this one of our annual traditions.”

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It started with the small things, like not remembering where she put the keys, but when it progressed into more serious situations, like forgetting to turn off the stove, Kathy Davis and her 3 brothers knew it extended beyond the normal effects of aging and posed a safety risk. Davis’ mother, Doris Simmons, started showing these signs of dementia eight years ago. Simmons, 89, is a resident of Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson and has four children, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was married for 63 years to a man who loved her unconditionally and who would do anything to protect his family, including covering up the signs of his wife’s dementia so their children wouldn’t worry. After he passed away, Davis and her brother noticed the memory decline, and they realized she needed a safe environment near Davis’ home with expert care. Davis visits her mother at Mustang Creek Estates several times a week and feels closer to her than ever before.  

“Since my mom was diagnosed with dementia I have learned a lot of things and one of them is patience as she tends to repeat herself a lot,” said Davis. “I believe our relationship has grown stronger over the past few years. She has always been an amazing mother to me, and I am thankful to have the opportunity to be there for her when she needs me and frankly even when she doesn’t.”

Simmons has always focused on her family and made a big deal out of holidays and her children’s birthday. Davis remembers when her mother would bake birthday cakes for them. She also recalls when her mother taught her how to sew on a sewing machine. Today, when Davis visits her mother, they play dominos together, do their nails and hair and other things that allow them to create an even stronger bond.

“It is so important to raise awareness about dementia, and I want people who have even a slight suspicion that something is odd about their parents or loved ones to please pay close attention to them,” said Davis. “Now when I just look into my mother’s eyes I see such a distance, it’s almost like she is missing a spark. It breaks my heart in a way, but I am thankful that other than her memory, she is completely healthy.”

“It’s so heartwarming to watch the strong relationship Kathy has with her mother, as they are truly inspiration to others” said Melissa Meyer, executive director of Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson. “Caring for loved ones living with dementia is never easy, and we are honored to offer compassionate care for Doris. We hope their story shows others that you can connect with loved ones and relate to them, even if they are living with dementia.”

Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson is an assisted living community with some homes dedicated to memory care. The senior living community realizes the importance of raising funds and awareness about Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. To recognize the five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and the 16 million caregivers who attend to their needs, Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson continually supports the Alzheimer’s Association through various initiatives, including participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The team has a page set up for donations that will go towards Alzheimer’s Association and people who would like to contribute can do so by following this link:

http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2018/TX-NorthCentralTexas?team_id=521643&pg=team&fr_id=11551

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As people around the world recently celebrated Father’s Day, Robert McCall Jr. is looking back on the things he learned from his father throughout his life and reflecting on the importance of fatherhood. Robert McCall Sr., 93, is a resident at Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson and a former social worker from Queens, N.Y. who spent his entire life helping others. He was always the life of the party but made sure to provide for his family and spend time with his only son. After his wife’s health started to decline, he didn’t leave her side and did everything he could to provide the best care possible for her. Now, that is exactly what his son is doing for him. After McCall Jr.’s mother passed away, he realized it was his turn to care for a person who always cared for him. The relationship between McCall Jr. and Sr. is an example of how fathers’ and sons’ roles reverse as they grow older.

“Many of us don’t realize that we will all have to take care of our parents the way they took care of us,” said McCall Jr. “Caring for others is one of the most important things I learned from my father, and I am doing my best to show him just that. He has always been a big jokester, and when there was a microphone at a party I can guarantee you he had it in his hand to crack some jokes. It’s crazy to see how our ability to do things changes as we get older, and although my dad might not be dancing and joking anymore, it is so important to remember that he is still the same person who loved me and my family his entire life. Caring for him now when he needs it most is the least I can do for him.”

As a social worker, McCall Sr. helped not only children, he also helped adults with disabilities find better care and jobs. He was a dedicated worker who didn’t retire until he was 83. A fan of Alfred Hitchcock films, watching movies is one of his favorite things he used to do with his son. McCall Sr. now has three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

“Robert comes to visit his father a lot, and the bond between them is unbreakable,” said Karen Jennings, executive director of Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson. “The relationship between them is truly an inspiration to all of us. Seeing your parents change right in front of your eyes is not easy, and we are glad we can help with that process.”

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Recently, senior residents of Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson gave back to Mother Nature by getting their green thumbs dirty in a hands-on activity. The assisted living residents and community team members gave back to the Earth by planting an interactive herb garden for the community’s memory care residents to enjoy, with herbs including mint, rosemary, basil, sage and thyme. The herbs are not only for the dining team to use when they prepare meals, tending to them can also have a calming effect on residents living with Alzheimer’s or other memory impairments. Every plant in the garden is entirely safe for ingestion. Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson chose to participate in Earth Day this year because many of their residents take pride in gardening and wanted to honor their commitment by giving back to the Earth.

“Our residents had a blast during the gardening activity. It was truly a fun afternoon, but most importantly it gave everyone a sense of purpose,” said Karen Jennings, executive director of Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson. “We believe it is important to protect the Earth and continue to plant herbs, flowers and trees.”

Working in the herb garden helps enhance memory, improve brain function and stimulate the minds of seniors living with memory impairments. In addition, spending time in a sensory garden can assist with sleeping at night, improve the appetite and boost energy levels. The residents of Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson who planted the garden for their neighbors also experienced many benefits, including mood regulation, decrease of stress and a sense of responsibility. This close-up look demonstrated how the assisted living and memory care community always creates ways to keep the residents engaged through interactive and fun activities.

“Some of our residents planted flowers or gardened as a hobby, and we’re excited to offer them another way to be outside and get their hands in the soil again. This project truly benefits our whole community,” said Jennings. “We plan to celebrate Earth Day every year because we believe it is important to raise awareness about our environment and our plants in this worldwide celebration.”

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Over the past 103 years, there have been many life-changing inventions that most people can’t imagine living without, including cell phones, e-books and computers small enough to fit in a pocket. Nola Willoughby, 103, resident at Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson, remembers the times without electricity, times when her husband worked for 50 cents a day, and times she spent searching for jobs to support her and her daughter. Willoughby was born just a few months after WWI started and grew up on a farm in Missouri before moving to Texas in 1938. LaDena Drake, Willoughby’s granddaughter, describes her as a grateful person who overcame many challenges and still maintains her positivity and faith. Today, Willoughby, who worked until the age of 71 and lived through WWI, the Great Depression, WWII, the civil rights movement and more, reflects on her life and shares advice with younger generations.

“I grew up on a farm where our family grew everything we ate, and I’ve always tried to eat healthy,” said Willoughby. “As cliché as it might sound, a healthy diet and regular exercise are the key. It is important for younger people and seniors to exercise regularly. After I retired, I used to walk with my neighbor two miles a day to a local deli for coffee. I try my best to exercise a few times a week now too.”

While Willoughby always tried to stay active, she recalls tough times over the years, especially during the 1930s. Millions of people were unemployed, and she and her family had to move around while following her husband as he went from job to job. A construction worker by trade, his employment meant the family lived in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, Missouri and Texas. Willoughby was initially a stay-at-home mother, but eventually went to work after she and her husband divorced. Most of her life she worked as a cashier in different stores and businesses. When asked if there’s anything she wanted to accomplish and never did, Willoughby said, “education.” As a child, she had to walk 2 miles to get to a schoolhouse where one teacher taught all grades, and she stopped going to school after the eighth grade.

“My grandmother is a wise woman who I have so much to learn from,” said Drake. “After my mother passed away four years ago and my father passed shortly after, we went through a very difficult time, but it made us stronger and we grew even closer. She has always been there for me and my family. She always tells me to treat everyone the way I want to be treated. “

“Although I went through some very hard periods in my life, I feel blessed every day. I think God has a purpose for me and I am here fulfilling it. I just hope I am doing it right,” said Willoughby. “I would like everyone to know that they should live their life to the fullest, take it a day at a time and always treat others with respect. Try do your best with everything you do.”

Mustang Creek Estates – whose mission is to provide seniors with high-quality residential-style assisted living and memory care at an affordable price – has additional locations in Allen, Frisco and Keller. Recently, Mustang Creek Estates opened its newest senior living community in Sachse.

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Research shows there are many benefits of pet ownership for older adults, including decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, lower blood pressure and reduced anxiety. Those who already own a furry friend can’t imagine their lives without them. Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson realizes that the bond between people and pets is oftentimes unbreakable. For that reason, the senior living community is a pet-friendly environment, and a number of the senior residents share their homes with four-legged friends. To show and spread their love for animals, residents and team members at Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson were recently hand making pet blankets that were later donated to Second Chance Farm, a facility in Granbury that offers care and a peaceful living environment for abused, physically handicapped, aged or homeless animals. Many of the residents had their own pets by their side while making the blankets. Sandi Walker from Second Chance Farm picked up the blankets with her best friend, a Great Dane named Willow.

The donated blankets provide the animals with warmth and a sense of comfort, letting them know they are cared for and safe. The residents of Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson placed the love they feel for their own pets into each of these blankets. This close-up look also demonstrated how the senior living community always finds ways to be involved in the local community and continues to give back to those in need.

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The holiday season is a favorite time of the year for many, but it can also be a challenging time for others. This is why Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson always looks for ways to give back this time of year. The residents and team members decided to bring a moment of happiness to the homeless women and children living at Crazy8 Ministries as they get back on their feet. Recently, the residents and team members baked cookies, which the team members then delivered to the mothers and their children. Crazy8 Ministries offers programs which give women and their children a second chance at life by providing them with a safe environment which they can call home for up to two years. With the holidays approaching, the residents of Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson were excited to bring joy to the women and children living in Crazy8 Ministries.

“One of our residents shared her great-grandmother’s recipe for cookies they used to bake when she was growing up,” said Karen Jennings, executive director of Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson. “It was a special moment, and she was happy to share it. Our residents had a blast baking and we are so happy we were able to spread a little extra joy by delivering these cookies.”

This activity is an extension of the “Cookies for Kindness” program offered by Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson all year long. The goal of the program is to brighten the days of area seniors and caregivers nominated by the public, and the community always encourages the public to nominate deserving recipients to receive cookies.

Mustang Creek Estates – whose mission is to provide seniors with high-quality residential-style assisted living and memory care at an affordable price – has additional locations in Allen, Burleson and Keller. Recently, Mustang Creek Estates opened its newest senior living community in Sachse. 

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Several recent studies have emphasized the positive impact of creative activities on the lives of older adults. One of the activities proven to help keep seniors’ minds busy, prevent depression and spark feelings of joy is participation in the arts. To promote the importance and benefits of arts and crafts, Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson senior living community is participating in this year’s July Craft Fair hosted by the Senior Activity Center (216 SW Johnson Ave) on July 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Craft Fair is free and open to the public and is organized every year to showcase vendors’ sewn creations, art, jewelry and other handmade items. Jo Ann Roark, resident of Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson, is especially excited to attend the Craft Fair and present what she has been working on at the senior living community. 

“I have always enjoyed arts and crafts, the most probably embroidery,” said Roark, resident of Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson. “It has always been my favorite down time and anytime I am working on a project it brings me joy and satisfaction because I created something from scratch. It is a wonderful way to relax, and I am glad I can continue in creative activities here in the community. I look forward to attending the Craft Fair, and I encourage other seniors and families to attend and find inspiration through art.”

Roark moved to Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson about six months ago and although she doesn’t think she’s the most talented artist in her family, it doesn’t stop her from being creative. Roark has been working on a broidery project, and she hopes to have it done in time for the Craft Fair. One of the reasons why she likes living in Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson is because the activities keep her busy, and she enjoys different outings, exercises, games and other life enrichment activities.

“By participating in July Craft Fair, we hope to show the public that it is never too late to develop a talent as an artist,” said Karen Jennings, executive director of Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson.  “We have residents who have never engaged in artistic activities, and we have others who have always enjoyed working on art projects. We are excited to participate in this year’s Craft Fair and showcase what the residents have been working on.”

When engaging in creative activities seniors not only have the chance to showcase their talents and stimulate their minds but also connect with others. Roark and other Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson residents recently worked on a photo frames coloring project that will be presented during the Craft Fair.

 

Mustang Creek Estates, whose mission is to provide seniors with high-quality residential-style assisted living and memory care at an affordable price, has additional locations in Allen, Frisco and Keller. Recently, Mustang Creek Estates announced construction of its newest senior living community in Sachse. The community is now accepting reservations and expects to open in fall of 2017.