Bonnie Smith smiling drinking coffee


Be THE LIGHT Garlands member Bonnie Smith Smiley’s friendliness, outgoing personality, and yes, smile, consistently exceed even the highest of those expectations. Bonnie’s life journey began in California and led her and her husband, Don, to serve in Guam and then return to California, Washington, New York, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and Florida. With their son’s encouragement, they eventually moved… Continue Reading Be THE LIGHT

Joyce Carlson holding The Gazette


Be VALUED Joyce Carlson comes from a long line of do-it-yourselfers. An assistant in a third-generation, family-owned paint contracting business, Joyce was a “working mother” long before the term was coined. When the business line rang in her family’s Chicago three-flat, she would whip into multi-tasking mode, corral the three kids and book the next… Continue Reading Be VALUED

Cookies by Victoria

Pretty Sweet!

Another Perfect Survey for Prairieview Once again, The Prairieview skilled nursing team earned a perfect annual survey from the Illinois Department of Public Health. This rare honor is a true testament to the dedicated staff that provides exceptional care to Garlands Members, if and when they need it the most! Thank you to “Cookies by Victoria”for helping the… Continue Reading Pretty Sweet!

Members shopping at a boutique

Forever 21 and “Fancy Pants Friday”

Nothing like exercise, good friends and a little “shopportunity” to help maintain a positive attitude! Garlands of Barrington members who work out regularly with Inspirational Wellness Director Dr. Sandra Sieber and exercise teacher Bethanie Lochman will tell you that the benefits of exercise class are far greater than physical fitness. Good laughs, a sense of… Continue Reading Forever 21 and “Fancy Pants Friday”

Peter Oprisko

Peter Oprisko Stars in “Silver Screen Gold”

The Garlands Center for the Performing Arts presents… Silver Screen Gold, starring Peter Oprisko.     The Garlands Center for the Performing Arts welcomes you to a Dinner and a Show Worthy of an Oscar! Peter Oprisko is an acclaimed concert and recording artist whose romantic baritone, dynamic charisma and fun-filled, audience-pleasing showmanship has made… Continue Reading Peter Oprisko Stars in “Silver Screen Gold”

Share the Holiday Spirit

Share the Holiday Spirit at The Garlands of Barrington!

Share the Holiday Spirit at The Garlands of Barrington! Santa’s elves are busy at The Garlands! Please consider joining Garlands members, team members and families in donating winter accessories, a toy or non-perishable food items for people in need. Donations to the following causes are being accepted now through December 9.  Collection bins are located… Continue Reading Share the Holiday Spirit at The Garlands of Barrington!

Karen on bridge

Comfort One Another

As I thought about what comfort has meant to me, I immediately remembered the soft, brown teddy bear I took to bed with me as a child. Other children have a special “blankie” or a stuffed animal that provides comfort for them. In later years, I experienced the cozy feeling of a warm, puffy comforter on cold winter nights. I must confess there’s even been a slight sense of comfort in eating a piece of the warm peach pie, following a major (or minor) disappointment. I believe that we were created to be comforted in different ways at different times; we’ve probably all developed ways to comfort ourselves. Continue Reading Comfort One Another

Volunteer helping with art class

Make a Difference

From teaching an art class to facilitating a bocce ball tournament to lending an ear, Garlands team members contribute to the community well beyond their day-to-day job responsibilities. The Garlands employees are amazing… Inspire YOUR Amazing with The Garlands

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Lynn Adams | Director of Activities/Lifestyles

I love my job! Our members are fantastic. They are so interested in art, education, music, world events, expanding their horizons, challenging their brains, helping others, playing games, visiting together and the list goes on. It’s a joy to work with them!  I also really love working with our fellow team members. All our departments care so… Continue Reading Lynn Adams | Director of Activities/Lifestyles

Members on mountain vacation

Plan Life’s Next Great Adventure

Some people plan to travel the world, others do it. Garlands members Fred and Natalie Sponsler are planners and do-ers who are living their next best life at The Garlands.   Live for Today. Plan for Tomorrow. As a Life Plan Community, The Garlands offers a vibrant, service-rich, independent lifestyle plus an exceptional continuum of healthcare services that provides more control over life’s decisions… Continue Reading Plan Life’s Next Great Adventure

Senior Man playing chess with volunteer

Dr. Keith Fargo, The Brains Behind Saving Yours®

Meet Dr. Keith Fargo, Director of Scientific Programs and Outreach, Medical and Scientific Relations, with the Alzheimer’s Association. He’s one of the “brains behind saving yours.” Following the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference held in Chicago last month, Dr. Fargo will discuss recent research as it relates to treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias as well as care… Continue Reading Dr. Keith Fargo, The Brains Behind Saving Yours®

Members in exercise class

Inspired Living

Garlands Inspirational Wellness Advisor, Dr. Sandra Sieber, is a “change agent extraordinaire.” She is on a personal quest to bring Garlands members the best cutting-edge information as it relates to health and wellness. “It is my life’s passion to inspire and empower others by educating about healthfulness, happiness and feeling well,” she enthuses. “I’m here… Continue Reading Inspired Living

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Watercooler Sisters Art Exhibit

The art exhibit “Divergent Paths” on display at The Gallery at The Garlands of Barrington July through August 30, 2018 features work by a group of talented women artists and friends who are equally passionate about creating art and supporting each other’s artistic endeavors. The self-named Watercooler Sisters—a result of a happy accident on a restaurant reservation—are showing a… Continue Reading Watercooler Sisters Art Exhibit