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!
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
Meet the Garlands Clean Team! and watch our “spit spot” video about becoming the first GBAC STAR™ – certified retirement community in the nation! The Garlands of Barrington is the first and only retirement community in the nation to earn GBAC STAR™ accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC). “We take our commitment to public health… Continue Reading Meet the Garlands CLEAN TEAM!
The Garlands offers all the inspiration you need to live your best life! Stunning homes. Good neighbors. And, a great, healthy lifestyle. At The Garlands, many members choose to consciously pursue lifestyle options that positively contribute to their overall wellbeing. And, what’s more, as our video shows, they have a lot of FUN along the way!… Continue Reading The Garlands Offers a HEALTHY Lifestyle
First Retirement Community in the NATION to Earn GBAC STAR™ Accreditation The Garlands of Barrington is the first and only retirement community in the nation to earn GBAC STAR™ accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council™, (GBAC). “As pandemic freedoms expand, we are delighted to safely offer not only the gold standard in… Continue Reading The Garlands is White Glove Test Certified
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!
Nan Hayes is Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Moving Station, a leader in senior relocation, with more than 25 years of senior relocation experience. By Nan Hayes The strength of the suburban real estate market in the midst of the pandemic came as a somewhat happy surprise for sellers. Nationally, demand for residential… Continue Reading It’s a Suburban Seller’s Market . . . For Now
By Garlands member, Bonnie I must say, even during the pandemic, I’m happy at in my Garlands home, and I never get bored. Up at 6:00AM and in bed at 10:00PM—the days FLY BY here at The Garlands. I’ve been able to carry on with a great number of things I’ve always done daily (or… Continue Reading My Garlands Home is My Castle!
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!
At age 14, Garlands Member Anne Courter knitted her best friend Earle a pair of socks. When he went to college ahead of her, she knitted him a sweater. Fast forward several decades later and Anne has been knitting for their children (four), grandchildren (11), and great-grandchildren (18) ever since. Last year, she knitted an… Continue Reading Knitting a Family Even Closer
Research proves that being kind can regulate and boost your mood. If that’s the case, Garlands member Janet Fear must have moments of euphoria all day long! Janet, who grew up in Wales, saw a craft and thought, “THAT’s how you give a bottle of wine. How cheery.” A lifelong knitter, she dug… Continue Reading Getting Through COVID One Stitch at a Time
Garlands member, Marlene Peterson, once described as “a swan gliding across still waters,” is calm, thoughtful, kind-hearted and generous. What you see on the surface is a wonderful example of how beautiful a life of caring about others can be. What you don’t see is how fast those feet are paddling! Always a busy… Continue Reading A Glimpse Through the Window of a Beautiful Life
A pandemic is a fine time to read all the books on our wish lists. Never one to follow the crowd, Garlands member and artist Kathleen L. McCann took advantage of these past several months to write one! The Art of Kathleen L. McCann showcases many of Kathleen’s favorite or most meaningful paintings and the… Continue Reading The Fine Art of Writing (and Painting!)
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
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
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
Veronica Potter is a Marine Veteran and artist who danced her way through life—literally teaching ballroom dancing and performing as a flamenco dancer. So, while most people find it hard to stay put these days, Veronica sees this time as an opportunity to soldier on, go with the flow and create more art. “I’ve made… Continue Reading Art Imitates Life
An Updated, Timeless Look | Enhanced Functionality And Dreamy CLOSET SPACE! Home improvement activity is trending during the pandemic as homeowners find the time and resources to “nest” while hunkering down. The Garlands design team also seized the opportunity to intentionally re-imagine several new, limited edition homes scheduled to be released to the public by… Continue Reading NEW Garlands LIMITED EDITION Homes
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
Did you hear about the Garlands NEW vineyard and winery, where the vino is made from candied grapes and stored in bite-sized root beer barrels? Cheers to this new, tasty establishment joining The Garlands one-of-a-kind, annual gingerbread village display! “This year, more than ever, I think we all need the extra cheer that The Garlands… Continue Reading A Sweet Tooth for the Imagination