Village at Sherman Oaks Residents Reap Health Benefits of Community Homegrown Herbs Garden
When Stan Rice volunteered to manage The Village at Sherman Oaks greenhouse, he was simply sharing his love for gardening. His efforts, however, yielded a bounty of herbs that, in addition to being tasty seasonings, have also been found by researchers to have numerous physical and emotional healing benefits to seniors.
Stan has managed the luxury senior living community’s greenhouse for four years. This year, he was inspired to grow herbs for the community’s restaurant including parsley, sage and rosemary. With the fresh herbs, the Village’s Chef Serrato has created several healthy dishes like sage chicken, roasted lamb chops garnished with parsley, rice pilaf, linguine and scallops and crab cakes.
“Imagine cooking a meal that can improve your memory or enjoying a hobby to prevent disease,” said Assaad Zied, Executive Director of The Village at Sherman Oaks. “Recent research has shown that herbs, like sage, can improve memory which could have significant implications for treatments of Alzheimer’s disease. Plus, spending time in the garden provides physical exercise that has been known to help prevent heart disease, adult-onset diabetes, high blood pressure and even osteoporosis,” said Zeid.
Wellness is a way of life at The Village at Sherman Oaks. Providing wholesome dining options and creating a healthy environment is just one of the ways the community demonstrates its commitment to healthy living.
The Village at Sherman Oaks includes 239 luxury independent and assisted living residences as well as a wealth of services and amenities. In addition to well-appointed residences, The Village at Sherman Oaks residents enjoy numerous resort-style features including: The Village Restaurant, open 12 hours daily; a fully equipped fitness center; The Albers Theater; Internet lounge; bank; market; mailroom; arts and crafts room; library; club lounge; bistro bar; swimming pool and spa; a full-service beauty salon; and secure underground parking.
The Village at Sherman Oaks’ licensed assisted living component offers a comprehensive menu of care services that includes: 24-hour staffing; basic assistance with all Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s); medication assistance and counseling; emergency response system; scheduled transportation and more.
Residents of The Village at Sherman Oaks pay a nominal one-time community service fee and an on-going monthly fee that includes: a complimentary full breakfast plus choice of lunch or dinner daily; weekly housekeeping and flat linen laundry service; all utilities (except phone) including basic cable TV, heating, air conditioning, water, sewer and trash removal; 24-hour emergency response system; and scheduled transportation. A full calendar of social, cultural, educational and recreational activities and programs are also available to residents.
For more information or to schedule a personal appointment, call The Village at Sherman Oaks at (818) 994-7900 or visit the community Web site at www.srgseniorliving.com.