Oklahoma Methodist Manor

Organized by:
Oklahoma Methodist Manor

Participating Organizations:

Sharon’s Nourishing Kitchen

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Lecture/ Briefing
  • Other
  • Other: 2 hands-on activities

Target Audiences:

  • Other
  • Patients & Caregivers
  • Other: Independent Living elders

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

Speaker event – Nutritionist spoke on proper diet and brain health. Had great interest and attendance, and expect to have speaker back. Series of 4 videos from the Great Courses – Basics of how the brain works. Very well-attended, and participants interested in seeing the remaining videos. Hands on activity #1 – Provide education on the work of neurons, and then created our own neurons from bits of yarn, fabric, pipe cleaners, etc. Held for two weeks in Independent Living, one week in Assisted Living, and one week Skilled Nursing. Neurons attached to a fish net and displayed in different buildings on campus, and it is still hanging today. Residents and staff made the neurons. Hands on activity #2 – Exercise memory skills. Provided journals to residents of Assisted Living, and used scrapbook paper and washi tape to create pages with bible scriptures they could remember. Each resident wrote out their own scriptures and decorated their journals as they wanted. Residents now have access to materials to continue journaling their scriptures as they wish or during an activity scheduled by their Wellness Coordinator.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Posters/Flyers
  • Other

Other Publicity Methods:

Our on campus calendar publications. Word of mouth We cannot publicize beyond non-resident families due to HIPAA laws.

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Flyers and word of mouth. By specifically having one flyer dedicated to the activities, residents were able to focus on it amidst all the other listings on our otherwise very full campus calendars. Word of mouth was helpful because people enjoy a personal invitation.


Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:

  • Other

Other Dana Foundation Materials Distributed:

  • We did not register in time to receive resources
  • so we used what we could get online.

What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?

  • Puzzles: Mindboggling Series
  • Puzzles: BAW Favorites

What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • Activities/Experiments
  • Other

Other Downloadable Materials:

  • Materials for elders

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

It helped to give me direction and focus by seeing other people were doing. See the notes on our activities for the outcomes.

Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:

Get started early in your planning. Using hands-on and a live speaker seem to work best.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?


Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

I’m sorry I didn’t use the Facebook page – my schedule was packed too full!

Contact Information

BAW Website:


Contact Name:

Patti Harriman

Contact Phone:


Contact Email:


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