The Garlands of Barrington member Bruce Smith is making the world a better place one song at a time! The 75-year-old recently received the Daily Points of Light Award, which celebrates the power of the individual to spark change and improve the world, from the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.
Garlands members learned how to make a classic hummus and pita chips at home from Cat Vaccaro, a cook at the Garlands. For an even healthier snack, hold the chips and dip a carrot stick instead! Here’s the recipe, so you can make at home.
The Garlands Play Readers, a troupe of 20+ thespians, all of whom are over the age of 75 and live at the Barrington retirement community, act, lip-sync and dance their way through dramas, sketch comedy and one-acts that are performed live in The Garlands’ own 200-seat Performing Arts Center.
Garlands members prove that achieving better balance is possible with exercise and dedication. After attending The Garlands 14 Week Balance Challenge, 31 of the 35 participants improved their balance! They are poised for life’s next adventure and you can be too.
Explore your artistic side…nurture a green thumb…audition for a leading role. Whatever strikes your fancy, you’ll find the companions, means and freedom to make those dreams a reality at The Garlands. Here you can create a one-of-a-kind lifestyle for a one-of-a-kind you.
Over the last 15 years our members have inspired us to set goals, dream bigger and have fun! We have countless examples of members with remarkably inspiring stories about their lives before and since moving to The Garlands—health improved, interests pursued, bucket lists crossed off . . . and the list goes on. “The Inspira philosophy and name are in honor of our members past, present and future and 15 years of inspired living here at The Garlands,” says Lund.
Garlands member and writer, John (Jack) Patrick Roche, reflects on precious childhood memories growing up in Boston in this personal blog post.
Research shows that when people live in a positive brain state they get something called “the happiness advantage” in which their intelligence, creativity and energy levels increase. They make better decisions, have superior productivity, experience less burnout and improve in many other ways.
For more than a decade, the monumental—and super fun—job of decorating The Garlands of Barrington for the holidays has been in the capable and creative hands of The Red Geranium Gift shop team.