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Life at The Clare

What Is Your Plan? Decluttering and Downsizing for a Move to Senior Living

Decluttering can be a stressful and overwhelming experience, especially when downsizing for a move to senior living like The Clare. Chances are, you’ve collected countless pieces of furniture, knick-knacks, documents and more over the years, and it can be difficult to know where to even begin. Anna Gielmi, a professional organizer, shares four common reasons … Continue reading “What Is Your Plan? Decluttering and Downsizing for a Move to Senior Living”

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A Day in the Life of Maintenance at The Clare

What do building maintenance services look like at The Clare? From keeping the facility running smoothly, handling operative emergencies, assisting residents with in-home requests, and setting up for various events, building maintenance services at The Clare vary significantly. Harvey McCray, a maintenance technician at The Clare, has experienced it all. He shares how he came … Continue reading “A Day in the Life of Maintenance at The Clare”

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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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