Life at The Clare

Andy Poznanski: One Step Ahead

Clare resident Andy Poznanski has often been one step ahead. He and his family were one step ahead of significant danger on several occasions during World War II. He was a step ahead in certain aspects of pediatric radiology, including the development of approaches to reduce patient radiation exposure and the identification of genetic malformations. … Continue reading “Andy Poznanski: One Step Ahead”

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Clare Executive Chef Named LCS Chef of the Year

Clare Executive Chef Hagop Hagopian bested a field of 27 contestants to earn the first-ever LCS Chef of the Year award in August, a title he says simply represents what he does on a daily basis at The Clare. As one of the five finalists in a Chopped-style competition vying for the coveted title he … Continue reading “Clare Executive Chef Named LCS Chef of the Year”

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Nancy Lee Spilove: The Meditation and Precision of Sumi-e Painting

Over the years, Clare resident Nancy Lee Spilove made her way through a number of careers before retiring at The Clare in Chicago. She spent 10 years managing her ex-husband’s medical practice. At age 51, she went to school to become a chef, and later became a culinary arts instructor. For eight years, she worked … Continue reading “Nancy Lee Spilove: The Meditation and Precision of Sumi-e Painting”

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Clare Chef Receives National Recognition for Culinary Competitions

In less than a month, Clare Executive Chef Hagop Hagopian will travel to Houston to compete for the coveted title of LCS Chef of the Year. Chef Hagop is one of five finalists in the first-ever Chef of the Year competition sponsored by Life Care Services, The Clare’s management company. All contestants serve as chefs … Continue reading “Clare Chef Receives National Recognition for Culinary Competitions”

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Susie Kealy: When a Dream Becomes Art

One night a few years back, as Clare resident Susie Kealy slept, she dreamt about her cat. It was an unusual dream. Susie’s cat has a line along the length of her belly, and she enjoys rolling over, exposing this feature. In the dream, the cat instead had a zipper down her stomach, with the … Continue reading “Susie Kealy: When a Dream Becomes Art”

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A Day in the Life of a Clare Cook

Brian Beech, a Lead Cook at The Clare, has worked in multiple delis and restaurants over the years. His time in Chicago dining services at the community, however, has been the most rewarding. He shares his passion for cooking and the knowledge and creativity garnered from his experience at The Clare. A Passion for Cooking … Continue reading “A Day in the Life of a Clare Cook”

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Cognitive Testing is More Important Than Ever

Cognitive testing is more important than ever, especially among older adults. Yet only 16% of seniors receive regular cognitive testing during routine health checkups, according to Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, an annual report released by the Alzheimer’s Association. “We need to increase the confidence and the skills of front-line providers so they can provide … Continue reading “Cognitive Testing is More Important Than Ever”

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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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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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Memory Mondays: Will Alzheimer’s Be Cured in Your Lifetime?

Will Alzheimer’s be cured in your lifetime? Despite bleak statistics surrounding the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and study after study outlining risk factors, many people maintain hope that a cure will become available before they die. In the largest global survey exploring perceptions of Alzheimer’s disease, about 60% of adults indicated that they believe there … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Will Alzheimer’s Be Cured in Your Lifetime?”

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Memory Mondays: More Years of Good Cognitive Health for Older Adults

Does turning 65 automatically mean cognitive health will begin to decline? With the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease, it’s easy to assume that developing dementia – or at the very least, some sort of cognitive impairment – is inevitable. However, new research indicates that men and women typically spend more than 12 years on average in … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: More Years of Good Cognitive Health for Older Adults”

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