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I am 90 years old and a current resident of The Oaks, a senior living facility in greater Orangeburg. My wife and I moved here about six years ago and found this to be a great place to live our senior years. The residents here are like close family and are friendly and helpful.

I am concerned about the articles that The T&D newspaper has been writing recently about the transition The Oaks is making from a non-profit to a for-profit status. Your articles are essentially truthful but have emphasized the facts in such a way that I believe would discourage possible new residents from choosing to live here. It is our decreasing resident population here at The Oaks that caused our main problem, increasing debt.

Our “Oaks Folks,” including residents and staff, want very much to see our facility grow and survive. We believe that our incoming new management is concerned about us and has the capabilities to “right our ship." Also we believe that our new management knows how to use modern techniques and methods to grow our population while maintaining our positive lifestyles here.

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We are proud of our outstanding staff and facilities: good food, a covered swimming pool, outstanding exercise and fitness classes, a small gym with appropriate exercise machines. Our great activities department features crafts, entertainment and educational programs, special holiday decorations and festivities, appropriate games, a monthly Palmetto Jazz Band concert, etc.

For spiritual enrichment, our chaplain holds services in our beautiful chapels, several Bible studies are available and some devotional groups meet regularly. Organ concerts enhance our spirits.

Please consider presenting our Oaks transition in a more positive light in future T&D articles about us.

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Mason Turner is a retired school teacher from Orangeburg.

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