Life at The Clare

Clare Resident Bob Spieler Takes His Honor Flight

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Sixty-five years after deployment, Clare resident Bob Spieler received the recognition he has lacked for his two years of service during the Korean War. On May 10, Bob headed to Midway International Airport for his Honor Flight, an all-expenses-paid visit to Washington, D.C. for a day of honor, remembrance and celebration. The trip was conducted … Continue reading “Clare Resident Bob Spieler Takes His Honor Flight”

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Memory Mondays: Behavioral Changes May Be First Signs of Dementia

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Occasional forgetfulness can often be written off as “senior moments,” but consistent changes in behavior may actually be the first signs of dementia. In recent years, researchers have focused on the ways certain behavioral changes may act as early warnings signs for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The potential diagnosis is called “mild behavioral impairment,” … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Behavioral Changes May Be First Signs of Dementia”

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Exercise for Seniors: Staying In Shape at Any Age

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As we age, it becomes more and more important that we continue to set personal fitness goals and push ourselves to maintain our physical health. Exercise for seniors doesn’t have to be a daunting endeavor, either. A growing body of evidence shows that lifestyle and nutrition choices affect whole-person wellness. Plus, physically well seniors enjoy … Continue reading “Exercise for Seniors: Staying In Shape at Any Age”

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Memory Mondays: How Alzheimer’s Progresses from Early to Late Stages

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Alzheimer’s disease affects individuals in very different ways, though there are common symptoms and changes that occur as it evolves. How Alzheimer’s progresses is crucial for the earliest detection possible and the implementation of treatment and care. To date, experts have identified three major stages: preclinical, mild to moderate and severe. Learn about the signs you may … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: How Alzheimer’s Progresses from Early to Late Stages”

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Lake Michigan Resorts

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Looking for the perfect vacation getaway on Lake Michigan? Within seven hours of Chicago you’ll find family friendly beachfront rooms, romantic suites with fireplaces, and outdoor adventures—sometimes all at the same resort. Our favorite resorts offer a range of room sizes, complimentary breakfast, beach views, and indoor pools for winter trips. Some resort picks include … Continue reading “Lake Michigan Resorts”

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What to Look for in a Retirement Community

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Many older adults recognize that moving to senior living can significantly improve their quality of life, but they’re unsure of what to look for in a retirement community. Cost is a critical factor, of course, but there’s much more to consider before you make a sound choice. While it may not be an easy decision, … Continue reading “What to Look for in a Retirement Community”

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Clare Resident Trudy Mack Receives Prestigious Award From Loyola University Chicago

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For 72 years, Clare resident Gertrude “Trudy” Mack’s world has revolved around social work. She went from working with adoptions and foster homes at the Children’s Home + Aid Society of Illinois to individual and group psychotherapy with adults who have severe mental illnesses. She was instrumental in shaping the mental health unit at the Madden … Continue reading “Clare Resident Trudy Mack Receives Prestigious Award From Loyola University Chicago”

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Memory Mondays: A Sensory Room for Dementia

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As understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia progresses, new treatments and ways to live with the disease are evolving, as well. One recent memory care development is the sensory room for dementia, which allows people living with dementia to safely explore and stimulate all five senses. Depending on the needs of the … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: A Sensory Room for Dementia”

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The Downsizing Dilemma: How to Simplify Your Move

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Moving into a new residence and downsizing for retirement offer critical advantages. You’ll spend less time on upkeep, for one. At a senior living community like The Clare, you’ll encounter a worry-free lifestyle and a wider range of activities and entertainment. Despite these clear benefits, downsizing your home for retirement can be stressful for older … Continue reading “The Downsizing Dilemma: How to Simplify Your Move”

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