10-31-20: Oklahoma Caregivers Conference is Virtual! I visit with Nadine Walter of OKDHS Aging Services Programs and Lex Heatrice with COX Homelife Care about it

“Celebrating Family CareGivers” at the Third Annual Oklahoma Caregivers Conference is Happening Virtually this Year on November the 5th & 12th … IT IS FREE but You Must Register to Get Your Link to Join in the Fun, Vital Information and Educational Sessions and do so From the Comfort of Your Home or Office!

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This week on The Rise & Thrive OSJ Radio Hour, Saturday morning at 9:05AM on KZLS The Eagle 1640AM. In studio pictured Left to Right: Nadine Walter of the DHS Aging Services Programs for Oklahoma and Alexis Heatrice  (Lex) is one of the Oklahoma Caregivers Conference Sponsors with COX Homelife Care. There are 250,000 Family Caregivers in the State of Oklahoma and this Conference is Celebrating 🥳 Their need to have local resources and knowledge!

Nadine Walter earned her Human Ecology and Gerontology degrees from Kansas State University. Her career has included being employed by ASCOG Area Agency on Aging and DHS Aging Services to oversee various senior and family caregiver programs. Nadine is passionate in supporting Oklahoma family caregivers to keep their loved ones safely at home using various home and community-based services. She proudly works for the DHS Aging Services Programs for Oklahoma.

lexAlexis Heatrice has worked for Cox since 2016. During his tenure with Cox, Alexis has been dedicated to ensure that every home is safe with the utilization of technology. Alexis serves with many local organizations RSVP Advisory Council, Sunbeam Advisory Council, OK Caregiver Coalition, and many others. When not working he enjoys time with family, vacationing, cooking, fishing, hunting, and ballroom dancingCall today for information on Smart Technology  1-844-347-2214 or visit www.cox.com/homelifecare



Cox Homelife Care
(405) 541-9350 (call Lex)
Website: www.cox.com/homelifecare



OHS Phone: 1-877-751-2972


Oklahoma Caregivers Conference: Nov 5 & 12, 2020

OKCares.org – Sign up today!


10-24-22: NewView Oklahoma Lauren Branch and Ronita Jones

This week on The Rise & Thrive OSJ Radio Hour, Saturday morning at 9:05AM on KZLS The Eagle 1640AM. In studio: Lauren Branch and Ronita Jones from NewView Oklahoma! Sharing with us in the OSJ Radio Studio is what all New View Oklahoma has been up to during the pandemic, employing low vision employees for all types of new projects and helping our Veterans at a Special Home Delivered Lunches project, November the 10th and you or someone you know can sign up at https://nvoklahoma.org   or call New View Oklahoma at 855-811-9699.

Lauren Branch: President/CEO, NewView Oklahoma

Lauren Branch has been with NewView Oklahoma for 22 years. A Houston, Texas native, Lauren received her bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Texas A&M University. She is also a certified public accountant. She has been recognized as one of the Journal Record’s Achievers Under 40, 50 Making a Difference, and Oklahoma City’s Most Admired CEOs.

Ronita Jones: Senior Director of Rehabilitation, NewView Oklahoma

Ronita Jones holds a master’s degree in Special Education with a specialization in Orientation and Mobility and Teacher of the Visually Impaired. She taught in both capacities for six years before working as a Rehab Specialist for veterans. Ronita currently serves as the Senior Director of Clinical and Rehabilitative Services for Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

10-17-20: Tom L. Nix: Author, Organ, Piano & Worship Leader & also Becky Ivins of Movers Real Estate

Old Fashioned Hymn Sing 🎶 with Tom Nix & Friends ~ Special Outdoor Event | October, 24th at Hope Retreat Ranch in 2320 South Sandwood Ave in Choctaw, OK from 5:30pm to 7:30pm | Bring Your Lawn Own Chairs | Free Admission | Social Distancing will be Observed | Masks 😷 Encouraged!

This week on The Rise & Thrive OSJ Radio Hour, Saturday morning 10/17/20 at 9:05AM on KZLS The Eagle 1640AM. In studio: Left to Right: Tom L. Nix; Author, Organ, Piano & Worship Leader Professional will be Your Host at the “Old Fashion Hymn Sing” also in Studio is Becky Ivins of Movers Real Estate.

Tom L. Nix – At the age of 11, Tom Nix of Oklahoma City began his music career playing organ/piano at the prestigious Dodson’s Cafeteria. As a pianist & vocalist, his musical journey has included, In House Performer for the Governor of Oklahoma, Director of The Community Choir of Oklahoma City, and Musical Director of Oklahoma City’s annual Red Andrews Dinner. He has recently released his first piano CD, ROMANCE, which has met with worldwide acclaim. He is most excited about his current project, Old Fashioned Hymn Sing with Tom Nix & Friends.

Becky Ivins loves helping folks so her first position out of college was that of a social worker. For the past 40+ years she has expanded her social work career by focusing on her real estate brokerage. Yes, Becky is a social worker with a real estate license. She is here to help you. One of Becky’s favorite charities is HR Ranch, that provides therapeutic horseback riding for special needs kids.s Becky is a lifelong Christian and enjoys the old hymns that she grew up with. So, Becky met with her friend Tom Nix, and together they met with the Deens who founded HR Ranch and put together an Old Fashioned Hymn Sing.

Becky Ivins: 405-722-3232

Tom’s newly release Book of Hymns

Tom L. Nix Facebook: facebook.com/tomlnixmusic

You can also read Becky’s two page article in the current issue of the Oklahoma Senior Journal; Check this out:

10-10-20: Tamara Simpson of Simpson Shirt Co and Megan Clark-Nye, Co-Founder of The Santa Market

The 11th Annual Santa’s 🎅🏽Market is November the 20th & 21st, 2020 at The Oklahoma State Fair Grounds in the Pavilion and Centennial Buildings from 9 AM to 4 PM!

This week on The Rise & Thrive OSJ Radio Hour, Saturday morning at 9:05AM on KZLS The Eagle 1640AM. In studio: Left to Right is; Tamara Simpson with Simpson Shirt Co. of Edmond and a 7 Year Platinum Sponsor for The Santa 🎅🏽 Market and the official t-shirt creator for the Alzheimer’s themed t-shirt at the Santa 🎅🏽 Market available online (simpsonshirtco.com) or at the actual Santa Market two day event   11/20&21/320 and Right is; Megan Clark-Nye Co-Founder of The Santa 🎅🏽 Market and in charge of all the Social Media aspects for The Santa 🎅🏽 Market!

The Oklahoma Senior Journal • Magazine • Radio & app is also a 7 Year Platinum Sponsor to The Santa Market and will be doing a LIVE  Remote from the event on November 21 from 9 AM to 11 AM on KZLS The Eagle 🦅 1640AM!
.. And our Special “Zoom” phone in guest this Saturday morning 10/10/20 on The Rise & Thrive OSJ Radio Hour is Joan Clark Co-Founder of the Santa  Market!

.. And our Special “Zoom” phone in guest this Saturday morning 10/10/20 on The Rise & Thrive OSJ Radio Hour is Joan Clark Co-Founder of the Santa  Market!


Tamara Simpson and her husband and own Simpson Shirt Co. in Edmond. They have been screen printing since 2011 and have been participating in the Santa Market for the past 7 years as a platinum sponsor.  They started out donating 50 t-shirts to sell during the Santa 🎅🏽 Market event.  Each year they have been able to add to the number of t-shirts they have been able to donate.  This year they are planning on donating 125 shirts to the event!!!


(Left) Megan Clark-Nye- Co Founder of The Santa Market, Inc. Mother of two, Bridget and Colin, lost her dad to Alzheimer’s when she was 29 and has turned the Santa Market into a positive response to a horrific illness. Handles the social media aspect of Santa Market as well as organizing the Silent Auction and booth dedicated to Alzheimer’s. (Right) Joan Clarke is also one of the co founders of Santa Market. After losing her husband to Alzheimer’s, she combined her love of craft shows into a way to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. She works tirelessly year round to provide a wonderful fundraiser for this terrible disease.

Facebook: Simpson Shirt Co.

Instagram: @simpsonshirtco

Website: www.simpsonshirtco.com

10-3-20: Oklahoma Senior Games! Sue Wood, Dr. Charlie Bryant, and Carol Rowlers

My Depression was Obliterated  by God and Pickleball” …  A True Oklahoma Senior Games Story!

This week on The Rise & Thrive OSJ Radio Hour, Saturday morning at 9:05AM on KZLS The Eagle 1640AM. In studio: Top Row (left)is Dr. Charlie Bryant – Orthopedic Surgeon & Pickleball Competitor (right) Sue Wood – Moore Park and Recreation Director & Physical Fitness Competitor and next to The Host: Robin Gunn is; Carol Rowles is a Retired Elementary School Teacher and now Pickleball Competitor. Oklahoma Senior Games

okseniorjournal.com is happening now through November 7th, 2020 and YOU CAN STILL SIGN UP FOR YOUR FAVORITE SPORT … You Have Thirty-Plus Events to Sign Up For!!

Sue Wood,  the new Moore Parks and Recreation Director, began working for Moore in the Spring.  She is a Sooner, graduating with a Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of Oklahoma. Her background includes working for the Norman Parks and Recreation Department and the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department with all age groups, areas of interest, and Special Events.


Dr Charlie Bryant- I am a 68 year-old orthopedic surgeon, specializing in hip and knee replacements, happily married with 5 children and 11 grandchildren. After first learning about pickleball from and patients, and you tube videos. I began playing approximately two years ago and utilized space on my driveway to tape out a court.  I have participated in pickleball in the senior games for the last two years,


Carol Rowles- I grew up in Lawton. I spent the majority of my adult life traveling with my husband, Doug, and our two daughters, as a Navy family. We now live in Edmond. I am a homemaker and Doug is an orthopedic surgeon. Both daughters are in college and also work. I was once a school teacher, but now spend my free time playing pickleball and teaching others to play and love the sport!

website: OKSeniorGames.com

Facebook: SeniorGamesinOklahoma

Phone: (405) 821-1500