THE GARLANDS BLOG

Fall In Love With The Garlands

 The Garlands of Barrington is an award-winning LIFE PLAN community for people ages 55 and older that offers an uncompromising lifestyle in a resort-like setting with unprecedented amenities and services. The Garlands unmatched quality, innovative design and world-class lifestyle earn it the highest honors from many top national and international organizations, and most importantly .… Continue Reading Fall In Love With The Garlands

Feel Better, Age Better, Live Better at The Garlands

Welcome to The Garlands of Barrington   Life has changed a bit for the time being, but our commitment to our members and team members remains strong! These unprecedented times have necessitated new routines, additional services and extra precautions at our community. However, even while pandemic headlines continue to dominate our nation’s news, a new… Continue Reading Feel Better, Age Better, Live Better at The Garlands

A Garlands Summer Staycation

There’s no doubt about it – Summer 2020 was different . . . to say the least! While COVID definitely put the kibosh on some of The Garlands of Barrington’s summer traditions, other summer favorites flourished, and “new normal” traditions emerged. Here’s what some Garlands members did on their Garlands Summer Staycation . . .

COVID Accomplishment: Painting – Betty Schmidt

Garlands member Betty Schmidt, an accomplished artist and the one-time President of Oil Painters of America, accepted an important commission during the COVID-19 quarantine. The project allowed her to focus on the positive and fill her days with something she loves.   In addition, Betty checked off a project she’d skirted her entire life: she… Continue Reading COVID Accomplishment: Painting – Betty Schmidt

COVID Accomplishment: Gone Fishin’ . . . for Love – Ron and Phyllis Goldenstern!

Ron and Phyllis have what he calls “a good run” . . . that is to say, Phyllis kept him running since they met as high school freshmen! After 65 years, she is still the love of his life.   Ron says, “We came to the Garlands three years ago when I knew Phyllis might… Continue Reading COVID Accomplishment: Gone Fishin’ . . . for Love – Ron and Phyllis Goldenstern!

COVID Accomplishment: Choosing Gratitude (and Getting the Job Done) – Joyce Carlson

One of the maxims Garlands Member Joyce Carlson lives by – pandemic or not—is: “Be grateful for small things, big things, and everything in between. Count your blessings, not your problems.”   Upon moving into The Garlands eleven years ago, Joyce thought, “I’m starting a new phase of my life. Now I’ll have time to… Continue Reading COVID Accomplishment: Choosing Gratitude (and Getting the Job Done) – Joyce Carlson

COVID Accomplishment: Choosing a Great Attitude – Harriet Ahr

Garlands Member, Harriet Ahr, chooses to have a wonderful day every day. A key component of her daily attitude adjustment is movement. Harriet walks outdoors and indoors, takes fitness classes, exercises in The Garlands Fitness Center, and works out virtually with The Garlands trainers. She’s at it every day and says that exercise is what… Continue Reading COVID Accomplishment: Choosing a Great Attitude – Harriet Ahr

COVID Accomplishment: Writing Haikus – Barb Seaman

  Garlands member Barbara Seaman, who, under other circumstances performs with her acting troupe, The Garlands Playreaders, took her show off-stage during the COVID 19. Now she writes haikus in measured syllables to remember good times, cope with the pandemic, and exercise her creativity.   Take a peek, count her lined beats, and enjoy her… Continue Reading COVID Accomplishment: Writing Haikus – Barb Seaman

Spilling the Tea on Herbs – Cathy Nardo

Garlands gardener Cathy Nardo holds a lemon verbena, “Herb of Enchantment,” that holds a wonderful lemon scent when dried for use in teas, perfumes and other scented products.   As much as she enjoys growing herbs, Garlands member Cathy Nardo’s passion really blossoms when talking about herbs.   “Every herb has a story!” says Cathy.… Continue Reading Spilling the Tea on Herbs – Cathy Nardo

COVID Accomplishment: Writing – Vivian O’Neill

With pen in hand, Garlands member, Vivian O’Neill, 93, took a leap of faith during COVID-19 and entered a poetry contest sponsored by Barrington’s White House on the topic of “House and Home.” She hadn’t written poetry before but, in the spirit of ever-growing and learning, she thought “Why not?!”   Vivian scored a spot… Continue Reading COVID Accomplishment: Writing – Vivian O’Neill

COVID Accomplishment: Charlie Foos – Carving

Garlands member, Charlie Foos’s grandfather built a workbench to house the magnificent wood-carving tools he curated over a lifetime. Upon his passing, the workbench went to the only family member who showed the slightest interest: high-school student Charlie, whose only qualification was that he had taken a shop class once.   The workbench remained untouched… Continue Reading COVID Accomplishment: Charlie Foos – Carving

On the Need for a Project

On the Need for a Project I am working on the theory that having a project makes people happier. By “project,” I mean something that requires a person to make plans and carry them out. The plans are for something they do freely rather than being assigned or forced to do.   I first thought… Continue Reading On the Need for a Project

COVID-19 UPDATE: Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order

The Garlands COVID-19 task force continues to meet regularly to discuss new federal, state, and local guidelines, our current safety precautions, and lessons to be learned from outbreak areas throughout the U.S. and world. The following are highlights of the current policies put in place at The Garlands as they relate to the pandemic (additional… Continue Reading COVID-19 UPDATE: Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order

Through the Lens of Garlands Member and Professional Photographer Bill Lawton

Photographic Exhibit at The Gallery at The Garlands   Garlands member Bill Lawton got his first camera in junior high, and he hasn’t stopped taking photos since! “There is hardly a day that goes by that I don’t take a photo of something,” says Bill. “If I haven’t taken a picture, it hasn’t been a… Continue Reading Through the Lens of Garlands Member and Professional Photographer Bill Lawton

Engineering Peace of Mind

A guy like Garlands Member, Sam Jeffers, who, for example, designed warheads for the Pershing II and Trident weapon systems, is unlikely to sit around watching movies all day during a global pandemic. As soon as he saw PPE shortages on the horizon, Sam set about engineering effective, comfortable, cool, and good-looking face masks for… Continue Reading Engineering Peace of Mind

A reading from The Wysman by Dorothy Winsor

A Sneak Peek Garlands of Barrington Author, Dorothy Winsor, shared a reading of the first chapter of her soon-to-be-released fourth young adult novel, The Wysman, virtually via Zoom with her friends and peers at The Garlands. The book is about a street kid turned advisor of a king who is determined to hunt down the person… Continue Reading A reading from The Wysman by Dorothy Winsor

Cubs Singer ‘Spreads Some Love’ at The Garlands

Residents of The Garlands of Barrington lined up in their Cubs wear to hear the Cubs’ national anthem singer. Holy Cow! The Cubs resident national anthem singer, John Vincent, knocked it out of the park at The Garlands of Barrington with three live, mini-concerts. John spoke and sang from the heart to honor Garlands members,… Continue Reading Cubs Singer ‘Spreads Some Love’ at The Garlands

Members and Families Share the Love with Garlands Essential Workers

Thank you to all the members and family members who “Shared the Love” with Garlands essential workers during these difficult times. We truly appreciated your words, cards, and thoughtful gifts. Please take a moment to listen to this touching tribute to Garlands Essential Workers submitted by Garlands members and family members, compiled by The Garlands… Continue Reading Members and Families Share the Love with Garlands Essential Workers

Dorothy Winsor Publishes Her 4th Novel – The Wysman

Garlands of Barrington Author, Dorothy Winsor, Publishes Fourth Young Adult Novel   Barrington, IL . . . At age 72, Dorothy Winsor moved to The Garlands and took up a second career as an author writing young adult fiction. She has published three books and is releasing a new young adult novel, The Wysman, this… Continue Reading Dorothy Winsor Publishes Her 4th Novel – The Wysman

Meet Nancy McCaffrey, The Garlands of Barrington’s New Director of Hospitality

The Garlands of Barrington’s New Director of Hospitality A career healthcare and hospitality professional, Nancy served in many seniors housing capacities, including activities, social services, sales, marketing, administration and operations. Prior to The Garlands she oversaw new construction, hiring and leadership training and developed the assisted and independent living side of a family-run, Illinois- based organization… Continue Reading Meet Nancy McCaffrey, The Garlands of Barrington’s New Director of Hospitality

OVERCOMING WRITER’S BLOCK

Dorothy A. Winsor Sometimes writing is easy. You’re in the zone. The words pour out. Good words! But sometimes, writing is so difficult it feels impossible. You have the dreaded writer’s block. There can be different reasons for writer’s block, and overcoming it depends on why you have it. Fear, boredom, and unarticulated problems with… Continue Reading OVERCOMING WRITER’S BLOCK

Even When We are Apart, We are Together at The Garlands!

Transparency and communication with Garlands management and members is key to successful ongoing relationships. Even in the times of COVID-19 and social distancing, Garlands leadership and residents share “coffee and conversation” and engage in productive dialog . . . albeit virtually. The content of this month’s Zoom meeting was, as one might expect, primarily related… Continue Reading Even When We are Apart, We are Together at The Garlands!

The Ancient Art of Mahjong and Friendship . . . in Virtual Times

Mahjong is a tile game that originated in 19th century China and links back to Confucius and his love of birds. The “twittering of the sparrows,” or shuffling and tinkling of the tiles, signals the start of the game. At The Garlands, the Mahjong bird metaphor continues, as in “birds of a feather flock together” to… Continue Reading The Ancient Art of Mahjong and Friendship . . . in Virtual Times

SHOULD I REVIEW THIS BOOK?

Dorothy A. Winsor In February, I went to a Chicagoland SFF conference called Capricon. Among the engaging panels, I attended was one called “Book Reviews vs. Literary Criticism: But is it good?” Panelists included a publicist, a couple of writers, and a book reviewer for a newspaper. The topic they started with was the difference… Continue Reading SHOULD I REVIEW THIS BOOK?

Be BRAVE

THE BEST ADVICE I EVER GOT Dorothy A. Winsor Back when I was writing academic books and articles, I conducted a five-year ethnographic project at an engineering center. My area is professional communication, so I hung around the center watching engineers try to communicate in their natural habitat. It was a lot of fun, and… Continue Reading Be BRAVE

A Spoonful of Sugar

SupercalifragilisticexpialiCOVIDocious! A “spoonful of sugar” from Dr. Sandra Sieber, The Garlands Inspirational Wellness Advisor We all remember P.L. Traver’s books and the beloved movie, Mary Poppins, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. But have you seen the more recent rendition, Mary Poppins Returns, with Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda? As with the original, the… Continue Reading A Spoonful of Sugar

WRITING DURING A PANDEMIC

You want to know what I’ve learned about writing during a pandemic? It’s hard. And for me at least, maybe impossible in any sustained way. That’s what I’ve learned. For the first couple of weeks, I felt guilty because I had all this extra time while I was locked down at home, and yet I… Continue Reading WRITING DURING A PANDEMIC

We’re All in this Together . . .

Like most of you, Garlands of Barrington members are closely following CDC guidelines and referring to local, state and federal protocols as we hunker down and shelter in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  As difficult as this situation is for all of us, over the course of the last few weeks we have… Continue Reading We’re All in this Together . . .

March 30: COVID-19 Update

The Garlands COVID-19 task force continues to meet regularly to discuss new federal, state and local guidelines, our current safety precautions and lessons to be learned from outbreak areas throughout the U.S. and world. As a result, and in conjunction with the nation-wide extension of the mandatory social distancing policy through April 30th, we are… Continue Reading March 30: COVID-19 Update

Shine by Taking Extra Care of Yourself!

Beyond handwashing and social distancing (which are, of course, very important), it is also important to take other precautions to prevent the spread and risk of illness for your mind, body, and soul! Here are some helpful tips for healthy living as we look to the coming weeks:

Maintain as positive and healthy a mindset as you can!

Your healthy mindset may vary depending on the day, but when negative thoughts start to enter your head, make it a game you play with yourself that you just won’t go there! Continue Reading Shine by Taking Extra Care of Yourself!

A Note from our Inspirational Wellness Advisor

Now more than ever we need a little inspiration! In addition to reminding you to wash your hands, drink plenty of water and maintain a healthy diet with a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats, please consider some of these tips for living well: Work in some easy and enjoyable movement into your day.… Continue Reading A Note from our Inspirational Wellness Advisor

March 18: COVID-19 Update

We at The Garlands of Barrington continue to carefully monitor the information issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health and elected officials relative to the global outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Although we currently do not have any active cases of COVID-19 reported at our community, The… Continue Reading March 18: COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Notice

The Garlands of Barrington is carefully monitoring the information issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) relative to the global outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Although we currently do not have any active cases of COVID-19 reported at our community, The Garlands is acting with an abundance of caution and taking proactive measures… Continue Reading COVID-19 Notice

Mind Over Matter . . . Matters!

We all know that exercising the body is beneficial. But what exercising the mind? Or combining the two? Since the brain actually tells the muscles what to do and controls all bodily functions and organs, brain health is directly related to body health. That’s why The Garlands of Barrington’s Inspirational Wellness Advisor, Dr. Sandra Sieber, encourages clients… Continue Reading Mind Over Matter . . . Matters!

Welcome Kossof Salon

Teddie Kossof entered the beauty industry in the late ‘60s and in 1975 opened the doors to his namesake salon and spa in Northfield. Forty-four years later it continues to be among the nation’s top salons, serving Chicago’s North Shore. In 1998, Teddie’s son, Alan joined the salon business and co-owns the salon, overseeing the… Continue Reading Welcome Kossof Salon

New Virtual Reality Bike (CyberCycle) Comes to The Garlands

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

New Garlands Gingerbread Maker Crushes the Ultimate Candy Challenge

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

Winter Wonderland Holiday Celebration

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.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas . . . at The Garlands

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

A Sweet Addition to The Garlands Team

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

Garlands Septua- and Octogenarians are “Thoroughly Modern”

  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”

Prairieview at The Garlands Earns U.S. News ‘Best’ Rating

Prairieview at The Garlands, 6000 Garlands Lane, Barrington, earned the designation of 2019-20 “Best Nursing Home” for short-term rehabilitation from U.S. News & World Report. Prairieview was one of only 63 providers in Illinois to achieve a rating of “High Performing,” the highest possible rating, for short-term rehabilitation. U.S. News & World Report rates the… Continue Reading Prairieview at The Garlands Earns U.S. News ‘Best’ Rating

Art Exhibit Features Celebrated Work of Artist and Garlands Member Nancy K. Wilson

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

Be FREE

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 Prize for Keeping Barrington Beautiful

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.
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‘Tis the Season to…Be KIND

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

Be FAMILY

“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

Be CREATIVE

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

Be ADVENTUROUS

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

Be THRILLING

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

CAREER FAIR AT THE GARLANDS

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

Be YOURSELF

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

Sixteen Years, WOW!

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
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Be GRACIOUS

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

Be SMART

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

Be FRIENDS

Bonnie Gekler is organized, Chris Kotarba is a wee bit loosey-goosey.   Be FRIENDS These Garlands members and lifelong friends are like two distinct peas in the same pod. Whale watching, hiking, retirement parties, a wedding and divorce, a few medical challenges, birthday celebrations―the two pals cruise through life’s ups and downs together. Workmates at First National Bank,… Continue Reading Be FRIENDS

Chef’s Not-So-Secret Garden

Globally inspired cuisine prepared by The Garlands Executive Chef Nicola Torres gets a flavor boost from ingredients found in The Garlands very own backyard.   Chef Nick’s herb garden, with over a dozen fresh herbs including basil, chives, rosemary, parsley and dill, provides the “secret ingredients” that make his dishes so bright and tasty.   “Food simply… Continue Reading Chef’s Not-So-Secret Garden

Be THE LIGHT

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

Be VALUED

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

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!

Three Generations of Art Majors

Garlands of Barrington member Carolyn Schweigert Husemoller, 81, knows a thing or two about art. A co-founder of Barrington’s Kaleidoscope School of Fine Art, Carolyn once made the arrangements for the center’s popular gallery shows. She also helped establish Barrington’s renown Art in the Barn juried art show and successful annual fundraiser for Good Shepherd… Continue Reading Three Generations of Art Majors

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 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”

Introducing New Fitness Coach and Cheerleader

Introducing New Fitness Coach and Cheerleader  The Garlands welcomes Fitness Coordinator Bethanie Lochman to the team! A fitness specialist with more than 18 years of experience, Bethanie was most recently a group fitness instructor and personal trainer at Edward-Elmhurst Hospital Health and Fitness in Naperville, Illinois. “A focus on health and wellness is not just… Continue Reading Introducing New Fitness Coach and Cheerleader

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!

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

Joe Skalski | Member Services Attendant

Joe Skalski is a full-time fireman and paramedic, but when he’s not saving lives, he’s making them better at The Garlands. He says, “Being of service fits me.” “The management at The Garlands is very accommodating. They work with my schedule and make it possible for me to do what I do, and they appreciate our talents and… Continue Reading Joe Skalski | Member Services Attendant

Sergio Lopez | Member Services Attendant

I grew up in a family and culture that taught us to respect our elders, and, at The Garlands, I get to live that every day! My department creates the first impression for The Garlands. We greet guests and members in person and on the phone, and we try to do our best to help them. When we… Continue Reading Sergio Lopez | Member Services Attendant

Krystyna Weglarz | Hostess/Server

For 16 years, almost since opening day, Krystyna has taken great pleasure in serving Garlands members. “It is very fulfilling for me because I love helping people and talking to the members.” While serving breakfast or managing the Café, Krystyna is quick with a kind word and a hug and says, “We become like an extended… Continue Reading Krystyna Weglarz | Hostess/Server

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… {{ vc_btn: title=Inspire+YOUR+Amazing+with+The+Garlands&style=custom&custom_background=%235e285f&custom_text=%23ffffff&shape=square&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.thegarlands.com%252Fwork-with-us%252F%7C%7C%7C }}

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

Dr. Sandra Sieber | Inspirational Wellness Advisor

Dr. 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, ”which is exactly what I get to… Continue Reading Dr. Sandra Sieber | Inspirational Wellness Advisor

Jenny Pesina | Pastry Cook

Jenny caters to Garlands members’ sweet tooth with irresistible, homemade fruit pies, coconut macadamia cookies and fresh-baked chocolate chip, peanut butter and sugar cookies. But of all the delicious desserts Jenny makes year-round, her crème brûlée takes the cake. Even sweeter than her desserts are the Garlands members themselves, according to Jenny. “They always have… Continue Reading Jenny Pesina | Pastry Cook

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

The Garlands Gardens Gone Wild!

More than the bees are buzzing about The Garlands blooming gardens! The colorful display of flowers, herbs and veggies stops members and guests in their tracks to smell and admire the gardens. Continue Reading The Garlands Gardens Gone Wild!

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®

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

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

Sweet Summertime Goodness

Sweet Summertime Goodness Fresh strawberries, peaches and plums, oh my! These summer fruits inspire pastries so tasty at the Garlands in the hands of Pastry Cook Jenny Pesina. “I like to bake with whatever ingredients are in season to make the freshest and most delicious desserts,” says Jenny, who is whipping up fresh fruit pies… Continue Reading Sweet Summertime Goodness

Remember and do not let the world forget.

by Burt Constable  | Daily Herald | As a boy during World War II in Odense, Denmark, Steen Metz didn’t know he was Jewish until Nazi soldiers dragged his family to a concentration camp. “I remember the Nazi soldiers marching up and down the streets,” says Metz, now 82 and living in Barrington. German troops had… Continue Reading Remember and do not let the world forget.

Preparing a Home for Sale

If you are preparing to move into a senior community, selling your house may be one of your biggest challenges. What seems like a straight forward process can actually be a more difficult one to manage without some help. A little professional advice and the appropriate resources can make a big difference in not only… Continue Reading Preparing a Home for Sale

Encouragement is Two-way Street

I think most of us appreciate being encouraged, especially when we are walking through a difficult time. Here at The Garlands, we have opportunities to encourage one another in many different ways. Continue Reading Encouragement is Two-way Street

Enjoy a Cup of Kindness

A kind neighbor and The Garlands Member Services team eased Karen’s hip surgery recovery and reinforced that moving to The Garlands last summer was indeed the right decision. Continue Reading Enjoy a Cup of Kindness

“Perfect” Has a Nice Ring to It!

Prairieview at The Garlands Assisted Living and Memory Care earned a perfect survey from Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Continue Reading “Perfect” Has a Nice Ring to It!

A Perfect Survey for Garlands HomeCare Solutions!

The Garlands HomeCare Solutions Earns Perfect Survey from Illinois Department of Public Health The perfect score reflects The Garlands of Barrington’s commitment to supporting its members’ good health and smooth recoveries from illness or injury with quality home health care delivered in the convenience and comfort of their Garlands homes.   The Garlands HomeCare Solutions… Continue Reading A Perfect Survey for Garlands HomeCare Solutions!

New Hybrid Pricing . . . and a great move for this Barrington family

A practicing attorney and retired accountant, father and son Frank and Joe Lucas are accustomed to “dotting their Is and crossing their Ts.” To them, The Garlands NEW HYBRID pricing option, which requires no large entrance fee, was a smart business decision that offered less of an up-front financial commitment. “No large up-front fee meant… Continue Reading New Hybrid Pricing . . . and a great move for this Barrington family

The Garlands Celebrates 15 Years of Inspired Living

Fifteen years after the first members moved to The Garlands of Barrington, the award-winning retirement community celebrates its tradition of excellence as well as its progressive and popular philosophy on how to be happy and age well. Continue Reading The Garlands Celebrates 15 Years of Inspired Living

How Do The Garlands Gardens Grow?

With years of experience and lots and lots of water, that’s how!

Twenty-six raised garden boxes at The Garlands sit dormant all winter, like blank canvases, waiting for gardeners to bring life and color to their beds. Meet two talented gardeners, whose organic masterpieces are now in full bloom, and discover why harvesting the fruits of their labor keep them digging in the dirt. Continue Reading How Do The Garlands Gardens Grow?

You Can Have Your Cake and Eat It Too!

The Garlands is all about choice. We offer choice in a variety of floor plans, dining venues and a myriad of amenities, services and activities . . . so Garlands members can pick the ones that are just right for them. Now we’ve sweetened the pot with a new option that offers maximum financial flexibility too. Continue Reading You Can Have Your Cake and Eat It Too!

Garlands Own Honored for Spreading Joy through Music-evoked Nostalgia

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. Continue Reading Garlands Own Honored for Spreading Joy through Music-evoked Nostalgia

DIY Mediterranean Munchies

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. Continue Reading DIY Mediterranean Munchies

The Garlands Play Readers Present: A Passion for Story-telling, Entertaining and Good Times

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. Continue Reading The Garlands Play Readers Present: A Passion for Story-telling, Entertaining and Good Times

Better Balance Within Reach

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. Continue Reading Better Balance Within Reach

The Fine Art of Retirement – YOUR Way!

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. Continue Reading The Fine Art of Retirement – YOUR Way!

The Garlands Inspira: Cultivate Possibility. Ignite Opportunity. Inspire Amazing.

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.
Continue Reading The Garlands Inspira: Cultivate Possibility. Ignite Opportunity. Inspire Amazing.

Precious Memories

Garlands member and writer, John (Jack) Patrick Roche, reflects on precious childhood memories growing up in Boston in this personal blog post. Continue Reading Precious Memories

The Happiness Advantage

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. Continue Reading The Happiness Advantage

Deck “The Garlands” Halls

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. Continue Reading Deck “The Garlands” Halls

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