Oaklawn Senior Health Care Center

The Oaklawn Senior Health Care Center (OSHCC) was established in 2009 as the eighth Center on Aging in the Arkansas Aging Initiative. OSHCC is the fulfillment of a promise made in 2005 by the family of Charles Cella, the third-generation owner of Oaklawn Park Race Track. the cells contributed $1 million to the Oaklawn Foundation–the largest single gift ever to a charity in Hot Springs – which granted $500,000 to develop OSHCC in association with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. A percentage of gaming proceeds at Oaklawn Park continues to go to the Oaklawn Foundation monthly for its scholarship fund and the OSHCC. Part of what makes OSHCC unique is its breadth of programs.

Everything from art and music to Zumba Gold (a fitness course set to Latin rhythms for active older adult population or the true beginner) and Tai Chi are being offered. Acrylics and watercolor are two of the art mediumsOSHCC offers, and the class in collages allows participants an opportunity to create an art piece out of cherished mementos, photographs and found objects. OSHCC’sprograms are also held outside when the weather is nice, taking in the beauty of the mountains and lakes in HotSprings, and inside where the environment is cozy and safe when the weather is more temperamental.

OSHCC focuses on what keeps the mind engaged. Art is a great way to encourage a person’s creativity, and exercise is the way to keep healthy, strong and confident. Garland County ranks among the top five counties in Arkansas in the percentage of older adults with its close proximity to the Hot Springs Village retirement community. In its first six months of operation, OSHCC logged more than
1,000 educational encounters.  OSHCC leveraged $164,582 in resources in money, time and in-kind services in 2009.
This center serves Garland county.