New Study Shows Why Bay Oaks-Style Retirement Best for Seniors

Recent studies verify what we already know to be true, the key to living a long, healthy senior life is getting out of the house, frequent socializing and walking throughout the day.

(Reuters Health) – For study participants in their 70s, 80s and 90s, the frequency with which they left the house predicted how likely they were to make it to the next age milestone, researchers report in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

“We saw similar benefits that you’d expect from treating blood pressure or cholesterol with medicine,” Jacobs said. “Social factors are important in the process of aging.”

Bay Oaks encourages making the most of senior living in Miami in a number of ways.

Situated on a four-acre campus in Miami’s central Edgewater neighborhood, residents are both directly and indirectly encouraged to interact with each other and to explore the grounds throughout the day.

Meals are served in the dining room, motivating a walk and social interaction across the table at least three times daily. Regular activities engaging the mind and the body take place in the living room, the Summer House, the orchard, and “the 411 House.” Additionally, afternoon walks down to the Bayfront to watch the Miami sunset and regular excursions off campus provide even more opportunities for conversation, exercise, and experiences outside of the routine.

At their leisure, residents enjoy walks through the orchard, sitting outside by the Summer House or in the front garden, picking out a book in one of our two libraries, and visiting the salon for a manicure, massage or hair appointment. Some afternoons are just too perfect not to take a few residents out in ‘Tish’s Taxi’ to see the latest street art in Wynwood or take a bayside walk at nearby Morningside Park.

Click for video of ‘Tish’s Taxi’!

This year, we plan on revisiting some of our favorite museums and other destinations, including the Palm Beach Zoo, Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor in Broward and the beaches at Key Biscayne. We’ll be sure to catch a few movies and live shows, and a few residents are planning on starting a Mah Jongg club (adding to regular meetups here for Blackjack and Poker, Checkers and Chess, and Billiards/Pool.)

Anticipating the first Downtown Miami to Palm Beach rail connection, Bay Oaks resident guests are looking forward to taking the new Brightline train to Palm Beach to visit historical and art museums in the area. We plan ahead but are always open to new ideas and excursions at the pleasure of our residents.

Wherever you choose to retire, Reuters Health (and all of us at Bay Oaks) encourage you to make a commitment to leaving the house every day and meeting up regularly with friends, both old and new.


Celebrating the Season at Bay Oaks

The annual Bay Oaks Holiday Party is not to be missed and, without hyperbole, this year’s really may have been our best yet. Residents, family members, friends, staff, volunteers, donors, and colleagues came together to enjoy the evening at the Summer House with drinks and a delicious menu of hors d’oeuvres created by our chefs, staff and volunteers.

Click to see our full photo album.

Mazelle’s Basil Shrimp, recreated by Chef Matthew; Jim’s Roast Beef, Arugula & Horseradish Toasts; Matt’s Garlic & Romesco Meatballs; Jimmy’s Deviled Eggs; Kathryn’s Sausage & Cheddar Biscuits; Matt’s Cilantro Quesadillas; and desserts made by Elsa Roberts and Jeff Matthews.

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For the Birds!

Our weekly ‘Art on the Side’ meetup decided to try something new and crafty this week – making toys and puzzles for our many birds! Using old cardboard boxes and tubes, newspaper, paracord and twine, pieces of felt and wood, pinecones and twigs, residents created toys to stimulate our birds’ minds and foraging instincts.

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Lola the Parrot took to them immediately. Check her out!

Lola loves her toy!

We love our birds and all the animals who live with us here at Bay Oaks. See more pictures of our furry and feathered friends in our photo album.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, donations we receive are tax-deductible. If you would like to support our “Princess Fund,” which covers the costs of caring for these animals, all of our residents would be most grateful.

Mr. Esprit Recommends the Frost Science Museum

residents under water tank frost 2017 (horiz)

As recounted by Mr. Claude Esprit.

Claude in red shirtFor my 70th Birthday, my friend, Luis took me to the Science Museum.

When you go to the museum, they give you a map of all the exhibits on four floors. We started as the top where there was a huge water tank with live sharks. They also have coral habitats and highland habitats on display, with small live alligators, crocodiles, snails and birds.  They had another tank filled with jellyfish, coral, angelfish, and more. I enjoyed the museum very much.

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They had a lot of nice exhibits, a restaurant, and their gift shop had great books! I bought one about space and another about the history of the Miami River.

My favorite part was the planetarium. They give you 3D glasses and we watched an asteroid show called ‘Asteroid Exterior.’ The show includes an astronaut talking talk about asteroids hitting earth, meteor craters, a crater in Siberia and more. It’s a lovely show and I learned a lot.

On the first floor, there is a platform that you can walk on where circles of color illuminate under your feet.

I had a lovely time in the museum. When I got back to Bay Oaks, I shared the story of my birthday trip with CB Gaines and my neighbors. We decided to go next time all together.

One of my favorite things about living at Bay Oaks is all the place we get to see together. So far this year, we have also gone to Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor, the Palm Beach Zoo, and we even saw the last Barnum & Bailey’s circus ever to come to Miami.

A Day at the Track

Thursday was Mr. Bill Warnke’s 90th birthday. His daughter Lisa visiting from out of town joined him and 7 other resident guests and 4 staff members in our Mercedes Benz Sprinter on a trip to one of his favorite places: Gulfstream Park. We spent a winning afternoon in the casino sharing in Mr. Warnke’s good fortune and luck.


Mr. Bill Warnke shared his birthday cake and favorite lunch of pizza with Bay Oaks resident guests and his daughter Lisa and brother Neal.

Jaxson’s Ice Cream Re-Treat

It’s the hot, hot summertime, and that’s when we like to head up to Dania Beach and have some ice cream sundaes at Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlour and Restaurant. The trip has been a Bay Oaks tradition, just as Jaxson’s has been a tradition since 1956.

Everybody’s getting ready to tuck in.


Foreground: Mr. Luiz Melo and Ms. Anita Leon


Everyone extends a special “thank you” to our benefactor Mr. Luiz Melo for treating us to our sundaes.