Life at The Clare

A Day in the Life of a Clare Housekeeper

What do housekeeping services look like at The Clare? Bernardo Brito’s passion shines through as he explains his tasks as an environmental service technician and shares his love for The Clare community. Thirty years ago, Bernardo moved to Chicago from Mexico. He previously worked in housekeeping at a nearby Chicago hotel before he came across … Continue reading “A Day in the Life of a Clare Housekeeper”

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A Day in the Life of The Clare Concierge

What is concierge service at The Clare? Michael Kwyer shares an inside look at his daily activities and interactions and his favorite part about working in the community. At 2pm one afternoon in January, Michael Kwyer is at his desk. A constant crowd of people stream through the Lobby, both in and out of the … Continue reading “A Day in the Life of The Clare Concierge”

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Clare Residents Give Back Through WITS Chicago

Clare residents always seek ways to give back to and connect with the city. WITS Chicago allows them to do just that. WITS, or Working In The Schools, aims to create positive learning communities through volunteer literacy mentor programs for under-served Chicago youth. It also promotes teacher professional development. “Volunteering with WITS gives residents a … Continue reading “Clare Residents Give Back Through WITS Chicago”

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Clare Poet Carol Feiser Laque Draws Inspiration from ‘The Silent Music of the Mind’

Clare resident and poet Carol Feiser Laque’s grandmothers opened up the world to her: the world of domesticity and the world of the arts. “At 9 years of age, my grandmother sent me, ‘101 Famous Poems,’” she says. “From that moment, I knew I would be a poet and poetize. My other grams taught me … Continue reading “Clare Poet Carol Feiser Laque Draws Inspiration from ‘The Silent Music of the Mind’”

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Memory Mondays: The Future of Dementia Care

How will memory care change by the year 2025? The future of dementia care is an increasingly important topic, especially as the incidence of memory impairment rises exponentially. Here are five key changes projected for the next decade that will influence the future of dementia care. 1. More memory care options will become available. Today, … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: The Future of Dementia Care”

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The Clare Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

Early December marks 10 years since The Clare first opened its doors and welcomed its first residents, many of whom still live here today. This year is also the first time The Clare has ever reached 100% occupancy. Looking back to where The Clare began paints the picture of just how far the community has … Continue reading “The Clare Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary”

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Memory Mondays: The Cost of Alzheimer’s Care

What is the cost of Alzheimer’s care? For family and friends acting as caregivers for their loved ones, the cost of Alzheimer’s care can reach nearly $200,000 over two years, according to a new study. The study aimed to put a price tag on the day-to-day help that millions of people with Alzheimer’s require. This … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: The Cost of Alzheimer’s Care”

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What Are the Benefits of Life Plan Communities?

Considering moving to a life plan community like The Clare? Doing so may boost your health, according to new research. The first-year results of the Age Well Study reveals that residents of life plan communities report greater levels of wellness than older adults in home- and community-based settings. For instance, 69% of residents noted that … Continue reading “What Are the Benefits of Life Plan Communities?”

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Harlean Barth: Clare Resident Blends Rural Upbringing, City Life in Teaching Career

Clare resident Harlean Barth has lived and worked in two contrasting environments: rural Illinois and urban Chicago. Harlean attended a one-room schoolhouse in Iroquois County until third grade, and retired from teaching at a private school in Chicago at the age of 77. Her family once owned a farm, and she now resides at The … Continue reading “Harlean Barth: Clare Resident Blends Rural Upbringing, City Life in Teaching Career”

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