Group of Garlands Members enjoying an outside dining event

Planning Beyond the Pragmatic . . . Dream Big!

Older adults who are pragmatic planners appreciate buttoning down a roadmap to life’s “what ifs,” particularly as they relate to future healthcare needs. They want to know that a safety net is in place should they or a spouse ever need it. They particularly don’t want to “burden” their kids with having to make plans for their eventual, potential, future care needs. Continue Reading Planning Beyond the Pragmatic . . . Dream Big!

Heather Kircher, Untitled Painting Apples and Flowers in a basket

Mastering The Fine Art of Retirement® at The Garlands

One of the most spectacular aspects of retirement is having the time and resources to explore one’s passions. Many Garlands members have mastered this aspect of “the fine art of retirement.” Some are literally studying and producing their own fine art . . . and inspiring Garlands staff to do the same. Their collective works… Continue Reading Mastering The Fine Art of Retirement® at The Garlands

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Celebrate the season of new beginnings at The Garlands!

Welcome to The Garlands SPRING FLING Luncheon Wednesday, June 2nd or Thursday, June 10th, 11:00 am  After a year of isolation and with wide-spread vaccinations and freedoms returning, many people are re-evaluating the benefits that senior living offers. BYOM (mask!) and join others who are interested in exploring The Garlands lifestyle in a socially-distant community overview… Continue Reading Celebrate the season of new beginnings at The Garlands!

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The Garlands Resident Author Publishes Again!

  During both her careers—initially as a technical writing professor and author at Iowa State University, and currently as a five-time published author of young-adult fantasy novels—Dorothy Winsor’s routines and writers’ groups have served as the beacons and buoys by which she steers her life as a writer. Since Dorothy and her husband Rich moved… Continue Reading The Garlands Resident Author Publishes Again!

Peggy Clough at her computer

Embracing the Opportunity to Learn MORE During COVID

When Garlands Member Peggy Clough retired after a 33-year career as an acute-care physical therapist (University of Michigan) and teacher (University of Wisconsin – Madison), she couldn’t wait to chase after all the intellectual topics she’d never had time to fully explore: The U.S. Constitution! Getting to the bottom of the question of women priests… Continue Reading Embracing the Opportunity to Learn MORE During COVID

Oliver and Barb Mayes near a piano

Moving Made Easy . . . Even in a Pandemic

Garlands members Oliver and Barb Mayes are no strangers to planning, organizing and multi-tasking. Oliver is a musician and former high school band director turned Vietnam Army pilot turned career United Airlines pilot who, together with his wife, Barb, simultaneously owned, operated and eventually sold a successful H & R Block franchise all while successfully raising two, now adult, children. So, in… Continue Reading Moving Made Easy . . . Even in a Pandemic

The Garlands Gingerbread Village Featured on WGN

Chicago’s Very Own, WGN, featured The Garlands fabulous Gingerbread Village creation live via Zoom in an early morning, festive holiday news segment! “This year, more than ever, I think we all need the extra cheer that The Garlands gingerbread village brings,” says gingerbread maker and Garlands Pastry Chef Julie Swieca-Gannon, who upholds the Garlands time-honored… Continue Reading The Garlands Gingerbread Village Featured on WGN

Rem Stokes dressed as a Christmas elf

Seeking Answers to Life’s Little Questions Leads to Big Existence

This Christmas, Garlands member Rem Stokes is mailing his family a collection of original essays that he wrote and had FedEx bind instead of the honey-baked hams he usually sends. Rem jokes that he’s the “real ham,” who likes to be the center of attention, but he rightfully deserves to be in the spotlight! Following an illustrious… Continue Reading Seeking Answers to Life’s Little Questions Leads to Big Existence