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Oasis Connections volunteer featured in The New York Times

Connections volunteers help older adults gain confidence with technology
August 16, 2019 --New York Times writer Paula Span turned to Oasis Connections volunteer Donna Nettleton for insights on helping older adults gain confidence using apps like Uber and Lyft. The Connections program has been providing high-quality technology training to older adults since 2000.

Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring Celebrates 30 Years                              

August 7, 2019--Mid Rivers Newsmagazine helped Oasis kick off a year of celebration recognizing 30 years of service. The program has impacted thousands of children and older adult volunteers since being launched in St. Louis.






Oasis Tutoring Partners with St. Louis County Library for Summer       

August 5, 2019--National Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring Director Mary Click was featured on FOX-2 News to talk about a pilot program launched this summer in two branches of the St. Louis County Library. Many St. Louis tutors raised their hands to keep working with children one-on-one during the summer months.





Tutoring Program at Albuquerque Oasis Featured by KRQE                     

April 2, 2019 - Albuquerque Oasis Executive Director Kathleen Raskob and Tutor Coordinator Vicki DeVigne were interviewed by local television station KRQE for a story on Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring. Currently, 350 tutors are working in 65 schools throughout greater Albuquerque. 







St. Louis Post-Dispatch features Spectrum grant to Oasis Institute
February 8, 2019 - The Oasis Institute is one of the recipients of its 2018 Spectrum Digital Education Grants. The Institute will receive $35,000 to expand its course offerings and curriculum development to help older adults use technology to stay connected and combat isolation in this age group. 







Oasis, Northside partnership featured in St. Louis American                    

February 7, 2019 - Oasis lifelong learning, health and volunteer opportunities are in full swing at the New Northside Family Life Center, in North St. Louis. The new partnership between St. Louis Oasis and the Center was celebrated with a February open house event.







Jewish Light features new Oasis partnership with the J                        

January 10, 2019 - The St. Louis Jewish Light put the spotlight on a new partnership between St. Louis Oasis and the J in Chesterfield. Oasis was welcomed to the J with an open house held in January. “The J’s Marilyn Fox campus focuses on engaging community and providing services that promote healthy living,” said Paul Weiss, president of Oasis. “This aligns well with the Oasis mission of lifelong learning, active lifestyles and volunteer engagement.”








Oasis is falls prevention resource in Post-Dispatch            

December 21, 2018 - "Falls are not a normal part of aging," said Juliet Simone, national health and programs director of The Oasis Institute,   in an article by Colleen Schrappen, of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


Oasis expansion featured in O'Fallon Weekly                                                          

December 13, 2018 - St. Louis Oasis will soon be offering programs in with the community center in Shiloh, IL and the expansion was covered in the O' Fallon Weekly newspaper. 







St. Louis couple featured on Channel 5 for work as tutors           Oasis tutors Gerald and Geraldine Johonson          

December 13, 2018 - Oasis Intergenerational Tutors Gerald and Geraldine Johnson were featured by KSDK-Channel 5's Art Holiday about their work working one-on-one with students at McKelvey Elementary School in Maryland Heights.







Oasis President Paul Weiss joins panel on KWMU                                                             

September 24, 2018 - St. Louis on the Air (St. Louis Public Radio) host Don Marsh invited best-seling author Ken Druck, Boomalally's Deb Gaut and Oasis President Paul Weiss for a discussion about how older adults can continue to discover new purpose and passion after 50. 


St. Louis Magazine features Oasis founder Marylen Mann                       

September 13, 2018 - Jeanette Cooperman has captured the wit, wisdom and incredible story of Oasis founder Marylen Mann in this article featured in St. Louis Magazine. "I feel very strongly that we are here to make this a better place," says Mann. "If I'm figuring out how to do that, I'm not focusing on myself." 








Falls prevention efforts highlighted in BJC Today                     

September 10, 2018 - The Oasis Institute's falls prevention campaign and new video featuring instructor Alice McHugh and BJC trauma surgeon Dr. Laurie Punch, was covered in BJC Today






Oasis Institute featured in NextAvenue                                          

September 3, 2018 - Older adults are encouraged to think about the back-to-school season as an opportunity for their own continued      learning in a NextAvenue article by Patricia Corrigan. Oasis is among the organizations listed as a resource for lifelong learning.




KMOX Radio features Oasis Connections program                             

July 18, 2018 - Amy VanDeVelde, The Oasis Institute technology education manager, was interviewed by KMOX's Megan Lynch for a feature about the rise in the number of older adults going online with their smartphones. For hands-on help, many are turning to Oasis Connections, a digital literacy program for older adults. 







STL Today shares Oasis & Anthem partnership     Anthem Foundation and Oasis partner with Healthy Habits for Adults

June 18, 2018 - The Oasis Institute shared news about an exciting partnership with Anthem Foundation to deliver the Healthy Habits forAdults program in STL Today. With renewed Anthem Foundation funding, older adults in six cities across the country are learning lifestyle strategies to combat chronic disease. 





San Diego Oasis featured on                                     Intergenerational Tutoring at San Diego Oasis                                    

June 5, 2018 - Simona Valanciute, President and CEO of San Diego Oasis, was interviewed in a two-part special on, where she talked about all that Oasis has to offer older adults in the San Diego community, including the tutoring program. Listen in and share!







Virginia Hope shares inspiring story on KSDK-Channel 5                              

June 5, 2018 - She's almost 100, but Oasis participant Virginia Hope doesn't let her age stop her from living life to the fullest, staying active and learning new things, including how to use her iPhone with help from Oasis Connections.







KSDK-Channel 5's Today in St. Louis features Oasis                           

May 30, 2018 - Channel 5 news anchor Allie Corey interviewed Amy VanDeVelde of The Oasis Institute for advice on steps older adults can take to stay active and engaged. What better day than Senior Health and Fitness Day to highlight Oasis?







Oasis joins panel for St. Louis on the Air                                      

May 22, 2018 - Oasis Founder Marylen Mann, President Paul Weiss and Rev. Rodrick Burton, pastor of the New Northside Missionary Baptist Church, joined Don Marsh, host of St. Louis on the Air, on St. Louis Public Radio (90.7 KWMU) to talk about Older Americans Month, aging and how older adults can stay engaged and healthy. "Aging is just a state of mind," said Mann. 







St. Louis American highlights Oasis expansion

May 7, 2018 - New Oasis class offerings coming soon to the Maryland Heights Community Center were featured in the St. Louis American. Over 300 people recently attended an open house event  to kick off the new partnership.








St. Louis Post-Dispatch features Oasis expansion  

May 2, 2018 - Oasis program expansion into Maryland Heights was featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch/ "St. Louis Oasis is proud to partner with the Maryland Heights Parks and Recreation Department to add our programs to the good work they are already doing to promote healthy aging in the community," said Oasis Institute President Paul Weiss. 






Oasis programming closing the generation gap                           

By Jennifer Mason, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

April 27, 2018 - Oasis Institute President Paul Weiss shares his insights on Oasis, successful aging and making an impact. "I’m excited to be a part of a national organization that’s impacting lives all over the country and also in my hometown," says Weiss. "There is a perception around what aging really is, and I like that Oasis turns that on its head.”









Oasis tutor Miss E. Laine in spotlight on KSDK-Channel 5 

April 25, 2018 - Longtime tutor Miss E. Laine is popular with students and teachers alike at Mason Ridge Elementary School. She tells KSDK Channel 5's Art Holliday, "I very seldom think about my age. I think abouthow I feel. When I work with a student, I am working with their potential."






Connections Program featured in Family Circle                       

March 2018 - Oasis Connections was featured in "Coming of Age," an article by Dan Tynan published in the print edition of Family Circle. "Public libraries and senior centers offering tech classes are the nation's help desk," says Amy VanDeVelde, national technology program manager. "These professionals provide a wealth of knowledge to keep seniors connected."









Oasis Sr. Corps RSVP highlighted in St. Louis Post-Dispatch     

March 16, 2018 - St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson mentions Oasis
Senior Corps RSVP as an example of how volunteers
are making a big impact on the community.

Paul Weiss talks about Oasis and JCC collaboration on the Senior Olympics in summer 2018Paul Weiss talks about the Senior Olympics on Fox 2 News

January 31, 2018 - Oasis is teaming up with JCC and Senior Olympics for a new program that will help older adults explore their athletic sides in a safe and fun way. President Paul Weiss joined Director of St. Louis Senior Olympics Paul Ruben for a morning segment on Fox 2 to share the news.

Classes that emphasize balance, strength training, flexibility and preparing to exercise will launch in April 2018-- just in time for people to think about participating in the Senior Olympics!


Allison Woodworth and Paul Weiss talk about Oasis on KTRSPaul Weiss, Allison Woodworth talk Oasis on KTRS.

December 28, 2017-Education Manager Allison Woodworth and President Paul Weiss joined Jennifer Blome and Patty Cashman on The Inside, Big 550 KTRS to talk about Oasis classes, programs and volunteer opportunities. “We offer everything you need as an older adult to make aging successful and growing,” says Paul. 

You can hear the full KTRS interview on SoundCloud. The Oasis segment begins at 18:59 and continues to 31:50.


St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri scores poorly on preventing falls among older adults. What can we do?


By Alex Heuer, St. Louis Public Radio

September 20, 2017 -  Missouri leads the country when it comes to the prevalence of injuries due to falls among older adults. The injuries can cause lost independence and mobility, and result in considerable medical bills. One in four adults age 65-plus will fall this year.  On St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh discussed risk factors and how to prevent falls. Joining him for the discussion were Juliet Simone, Community Health Manager, the Oasis Institute and state leader of the Show Me Falls Free Missouri Coalition; Ann Dellinger, Branch Chief, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Dave Ervin, Executive Director, Rebuilding Together St. Louis. Hear the Podcast.

Barry and Joanne Silver talk about learning to spot cybercrimeTraining people to avoid becoming victims of cybercrime

By Shirley Washington for Fox 2 News, St. Louis
September 1, 2017
- While anyone can be a target for cybercrime, older adults have more to lose than others. That’s one reason AT&T and the Oasis Institute are working together to offer a series of classes to teach people how to protect themselves from online scams. AT&T has contributed $600,000 to support Oasis technology training programs over two years. See the video.

Learn more about Oasis Connections technology training.

Oasis moves east, giving boomers a new place to learn Oasis at Grossmont Center

By Karen Pearlman, San Diego Union Tribune

June 2, 2017 - A nonprofit group that offers the 50-plus crowd everything from art, cooking and dance classes to adventures abroad is opening this month in East County.

Formerly based in Mission Valley, San Diego Oasis will be celebrating the opening of its Lifelong Learning Center at Grossmont Center on Wednesday.

San Diego Oasis is part of the 40-city nationwide Oasis educational organization that formed in 1982 and is headquartered in St. Louis. Read the full article.

Event drives health and well-being in older adultsSan Antonio Fall Prevention Story - Video from Univision
Evento impulsa la salud y bienestar en adultos mayores

By Univision for KWEX San Antonio
May 31, 2017 -
Falls are one of the leading causes of injury and death among older adults, so Oasis and other organizations came together to provide information on the subject and free consultations.
Las caídas son una de las principales causas de lesiones y muerte entre adultos mayores, así que Oasis y otras organizaciones se unieron para dar información del tema y consultas gratuitas.
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Oasis tutor Dale 'Woody' Woodard works with his student Hunter 72 years apart, the second-grader and the Harley riding Navy vet forge a bond

By Doug Moore, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 10, 2017-
The man in the leather motorcycle jacket is known as Mr. Woody around these parts, where conversations touch on dinosaurs, robots and upset stomachs.

As Mr. Woody walks through the halls of Drummond Elementary, he is nothing short of a celebrity. “I love him,” mouths the librarian as he walks by. Everyone here seems to.

As he has every Monday morning this school year, Mr. Woody, formally Dale Woodard, headed from the office to Ashley Burd’s second-grade room where the boy with the mop top of red hair keeps close watch on the door. Read the article.

Simona Valanciute at the new Oasis San Diego Wellness Center

San Diego Oasis moves from Mission Valley to Grossmont Mall

By Sara Appel-Lennon, Mission Valley News

January 13, 2017 - Oasis Learning Center is relocating to a new home in La Mesa’s Grossmont Shopping Center at 5500 Grossmont Center.

The new location will consist of two centers — a Wellness Center and a Lifelong Learning Center.

The Wellness Center, which opened on Jan. 9, hosts exercise, dance and mind-body classes.
Read the article.

Elzora Douglas, Oasis tutor with her student in Ferguson MO

How to Stand Up and Show Up for America’s Kids

By Richard Eisenberg, Next Avenue

November 17, 2016 - Elzora Douglas, 68, says about four years after retiring from working as a St. Louis social worker administrator in 2004, she wanted to “try to give something back” to children. “Many times, children are not responsible for what’s going on around them, but they’re impacted more than anyone else,” says Douglas.

So Douglas signed up to tutor 1st through 3rd graders weekly through Oasis, a national nonprofit educational group for people 50 and older.  She’s been doing it ever since and currently tutors two students every Tuesday — one at a time, 45 minutes each. Read the article.

Adults in an Oasis Better Choices Better Health-Diabetes workshop develop skills to manage their health

Community-based programs can improve health outcomes for older adults with diabetes

By Marcia M. Kerz and Sarah Lovegreen, Aging Today

November 2016 - Emelda Harris is 83 years old and has been dealing with diabetes for the past 20 years. That she is still active is a testament to her steadfastness and strength in coping with a challenging health condition.

Harris, a Creve Coeur, Mo., resident and a former elementary school teacher and college administrator, recently got a wellness boost by participating in a program called Better Choices, Better Health–Diabetes, a six-week workshop developed at Stanford University and offered by the Oasis Institute, a national nonprofit organization that promotes healthy aging. The program helps people implement strategies for coping with an illness that has had a devastating impact, particularly for the 25 percent of older Americans who have type 2 diabetes.  Read the article.

Marge Williams, OASIS instructor, teachers seniors how to use smart devices

Teaching grandpa how to text? Classes help older adults master smartphones

By Doug Moore, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

July 1, 2016 - Mary Lou Anderson held the smartphone with authority. Two months into her relationship with the device, things are going well. Friends showed her how to text and email from her Samsung 7. And making or receiving a phone call? No sweat.

But Anderson, 66, of Dogtown, knew the hand-held computer was capable of much more. She signed up for a class on Android use, learning how to shop for apps, access the calendar and attach photos to text messages...
Live article online       Full article pdf

San Diego Oasis receives Breaking Away Award

San Diego Oasis receives Breaking Away Award

March 18, 2016 - KUSI-TV recognized San Diego Oasis with its Breaking Away award, given to people and organizations who are making exceptional contributions to the community.
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