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Thank you from all of us at Bay Oaks!

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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.

See the full photo album on Facebook and follow us on instagram for more photos from Bay Oaks, Miami’s best assisted living facility and among South Florida’s longest serving non-profits.

Making our list and checking it twice!

Bay Oaks Wish List HorizBay Oaks is proud to fill the lives and home of our residents with holiday cheer each year. The fragrant natural pine wreaths and trees, festive poinsettias, and gifts on Christmas morning are all made possible by friends and donors.

If you or your company would like to contribute this year, we invite you to call us at (305) 573-4337 and speak with Kathryn Moore about making this holiday bright through monetary or in-kind donation. Thank you – and happiest of holidays to you and yours!

For 70 years, it is has been our privilege to be of service to Miami seniors. Bay Oaks is a 501(c)3 tax exempt, not for profit organization and your gift is tax-deductible. 

Capturing Bay Oaks in Photographs

It is a challenge to capture the beauty, the fun, the food, the stories of Bay Oaks on film. Over the years, friends and family members have helped us capture the spirit of this 70 years young non-profit, and we try our best to share these photos with you. Follow us on Instagram @BayOaksRetirement and Facebook to see our latest and please, send us your photos and stories to share.

Next time you visit, be sure to see our photo albums by the concierge desk. Thanks to board members, Dr. Judith Siskind and Dr. Anna Blackman, we have years of photos from events, capital improvements, and just everyday life here at Bay Oaks, bound in beautiful full-color volumes. Many of these images are in our online photo albums, as well, here and here.

Celebrating Sharon

Sharon Lucas, Senior CNA at Bay Oaks, has been serving our residents since 1990. She is truly a pillar of our community and a trusted colleague, mentor, and friend to everyone who works here.


Sharon was born and raised in Miami. She worked in hotels prior to receiving her certification as a nursing assistant and coming to Bay Oaks. She will tell you that she loves working here because it is like a home away from home, and because the residents uplift her spirit everyday. She uplifts our spirits, too.

Twenty-seven years on, she is now the longest serving member of our community – more than the Administrator or any board member. The Bay Oaks motto is: “It is a privilege to be of service” – and it is a privilege to serve with you, Sharon. Thank you for all you do to make life a little sweeter and a whole lot smoother for everyone at Bay Oaks.