NEW Virtual Reality Bike Exercises Body, Mind and Competitive Spirit for Garlands Members By Dr. Sandra Sieber We all know that exercising is beneficial. However, thinking and engaging the brain during exercise boosts Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), which substantially encourages brain growth. That’s exactly what the Garlands newest piece of “exergaming” equipment delivers! The interactive… Continue Reading New Virtual Reality Bike (CyberCycle) Comes to The Garlands
<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> ‘Twas the night before Christmas . . . at The Garlands of Barrington ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house . . . Not a creature was stirring, not even… Continue Reading Happy Holidays from The Garlands
Peering over The Garlands gingerbread village, onlookers marvel at the candy craftsmanship of the masterpiece on display now at The Garlands of Barrington. This year admirers may even spy some sweet additions, tasty changes and even (gasp!) a festive holiday ghost! New gingerbread maker, Garlands Pastry Chef, Julie Swieca-Gannon put her unique, candy stamp on… Continue Reading New Garlands Gingerbread Maker Crushes the Ultimate Candy Challenge
Sample some of the holiday magic at The Garlands of Barrington and year ’round with images captured at the life plan community’s annual Winter Wonderland event – a celebration for Garlands members, team members and their families.
Special thanks to Garlands Play Readers, John and Barbara Seaman, Garlands Grandchildren of John and Jackie Matecki and all our Winter Wonderland guests for lending their time and talent to The 2019 Garlands Holiday video. Set to the following “Garlands-ized” adaptation of The Night Before Christmas, the holiday greeting captures the magic of the holidays… Continue Reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas . . . at The Garlands
Whether you need a custom cake for a special occasion or enough desserts to fill a sweet table for a crowd, The Garlands new Pastry Chef Julie Swieca-Gannon is your baker. Chef Julie has been whipping up creative, seasonal and tasty desserts that delight for hospitals, restaurants, grocery markets and country clubs since earning her… Continue Reading A Sweet Addition to The Garlands Team
It is 1922 in New York City, and a young Millie Dillmount has just moved to the Big Apple in search of a new life – what’s a small-town girl to do? But, in real life, it is 2019 at The Garlands of Barrington and the actress who is playing Millie is a mere 81… Continue Reading Garlands Septua- and Octogenarians are “Thoroughly Modern”
The artwork of lifelong artist and Garlands member Nancy K. Wilson is on display in collections and homes throughout the United States and Asia, but her private pieces will be featured in an exhibit now through December 31, 2019 at The Gallery at The Garlands of Barrington, 1000 Garlands Lane, Barrington. The public is invited… Continue Reading Art Exhibit Features Celebrated Work of Artist and Garlands Member Nancy K. Wilson
Karen Stathakis is moving in a healthy direction at a pace of 4,000 steps a day – as tracked by her Fitbit! Be FREE After years of caregiving, raising two sons, maintaining a home and juggling a career, Garlands member Karen is free at last to pursue her passions and step into the spotlight: on… Continue Reading Be FREE
The days grow darker, yet the sun shines brightly on the gardens at The Garlands of Barrington, which was recently honored with a 2019 “Integration of Native Plants” award from The Council of Barrington Garden Clubs.
“We were floored at how beautiful the landscaping is here at The Garlands,” said Maureen Doessel of the Country Home and Garden Club, who visited the campus in August and decided on the spot to nominate The Garlands for recognition.
Continue Reading The Prize for Keeping Barrington Beautiful
Embrace the spirit of giving at The Garlands! Help spread holiday cheer this season with donations to The Garlands members’ Toys for Tots drive and Mitten Tree. Gifts can be left with the concierge at The Garlands, 1000 Garlands Lane, Barrington, IL, during regular business hours. Each little gift can make a big difference to… Continue Reading ‘Tis the Season to…Be KIND
“Always my sister, forever my friend.” Be FAMILY Garlands members and sisters Nancy and Sally grew up side by side on the northwest side of Chicago near the famed Riverview amusement park and Wrigley Field. Nancy, the older by two years, attended Alvernia, an all-girls high school. Sally opted for the co-ed St. Benedicts “because it was more… Continue Reading Be FAMILY
Marlene Peterson is a priceless original. Be CREATIVE When a Garlands friend asked Marlene if she painted, she replied, “I don’t ‘do’ art.” The friend’s response, “How do you know?” sparked Marlene’s curiosity and creativity. Dozens of masterpieces later, Marlene exhibits her work at The Gallery at The Garlands and around town, but her true gift is… Continue Reading Be CREATIVE
The sky is the limit for Fred and Natalie Sponsler. Be ADVENTUROUS Garlands members American Airlines pilot Fred and tax accountant Natalie were “fixed up” later in life by their fraternity brother teenage sons. Taking a risk on love again, the adventuresome Fred and Natalie began dating. A trained Air Force pilot and owner of his own Cirrus… Continue Reading Be ADVENTUROUS
Sharing breathtaking views atop a snowy Colorado mountain is a real thrill for Gary and Sue Ellen Griffin. Be THRILLING Family ski trips that started when their three boys were in grammar school continue today…with the addition of seven grandchildren on the slopes! They’ve been risk-takers and adventurers from the get-go. Sue Ellen took the first… Continue Reading Be THRILLING
NOW HIRING Enthusiastic JOY Makers (who also happen to be nurses, CNAs, restaurant servers, housekeepers or cooks too!) CAREER FAIR Wednesday, September 25, 12pm-7pm The Garlands of Barrington 1000 Garlands Lane, Barrington, IL 60010 Be part of a team where: creating joy is the ultimate goal an award-winning reputation is more than a feather in the… Continue Reading CAREER FAIR AT THE GARLANDS
His and her offices are the perfect fit for Richard and Dorothy Winsor, two scholars with doctorate degrees in their respective fields. Be YOURSELF In their Garlands home, each spouse has space – in the home as well as in their relationship – to be him or herself and follow their own individual passions – along… Continue Reading Be YOURSELF
As they say, “It’s funny how time flies, especially when you are having fun.”
It is hard to believe that I have lived at The Garlands for 16 years now–I have enjoyed every moment! In fact, this might even sound like an ad for The Garlands, however, I thought that maybe some people might like to learn how an “old timer,” who has lived here nearly from the start, feels about being a Garlands member
Continue Reading Sixteen Years, WOW!
The Garlands is home-sweet-home to Dick and Alice Van Egeren. Be GRACIOUS When these Garlands Members returned to Barrington, where they raised their five children, it was a happy homecoming after 15 golden years in Arizona. Once settled, they welcomed a new four-legged family member, Callie, affectionately known as their “Velcro dog.” Ever perched on a… Continue Reading Be GRACIOUS
The Zilkowski classroom knows no boundaries. Be SMART For these Garlands members Red is the color of love and Bob Zilkowski’s beloved alma mater, Indiana University. “I bleed crimson,” says Bob, a Hoosier fan through and through. Bob and Janet met on a blind date at IU, fell in love and married on the beautiful… Continue Reading Be SMART