Life at The Clare

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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Tips to Live Longer: The Healthy Habits of “Super Agers”

Looking for tips to live longer? The healthy habits of so-called “super agers” may provide some insight into aging well. “Super agers” denotes the group of adults above the age of 90 considered healthy. That is, they are not among those who have dementia or cognitive decline. Two new studies recently presented at an American … Continue reading “Tips to Live Longer: The Healthy Habits of “Super Agers””

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Memory Mondays: Air Pollution and Alzheimer’s Disease

What do air pollution and Alzheimer’s disease have to do with each other? From heart health to a sedentary lifestyle, researchers have identified a number of risk factors for dementia. Now, a new study examines air pollution as yet another potential risk factor. To date, scientists have suspected a relationship between air pollution and Alzheimer’s … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Air Pollution and Alzheimer’s Disease”

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When to Take Social Security

Are you unsure of when to take Social Security? As you navigate your benefits, it may be worthwhile to consider delaying as opposed to taking Social Security at 62, when it becomes available to you. It’s tempting to take the Social Security benefit immediately. That’s especially true if you’re no longer working and don’t have … Continue reading “When to Take Social Security”

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Memory Mondays: A Healthier Heart Means a Healthier Brain

A healthier heart can result in a healthier brain. Studies have long shown a link between dementia and heart disease. Heart issues can even cause a type of dementia known as vascular dementia. A new analysis affirms such findings, suggesting that high cardiovascular health may reduce the risk of developing dementia and slow down rates … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: A Healthier Heart Means a Healthier Brain”

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Life Enrichment at The Clare: Keeping Residents Involved and Active

As Life Enrichment Director at The Clare, Lori Griffin organizes all entertainment, outings, educational programming and special events for the residents at the high-rise retirement community in Chicago’s Gold Coast. Life enrichment at The Clare involves a full range of programs designed to enhance residents’ lives as well as contribute to the strong sense of community that … Continue reading “Life Enrichment at The Clare: Keeping Residents Involved and Active”

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The Changing Face of Retirement

Is the retirement age going up? The traditional idea of retirement may be a thing of the past. These days, more and more older adults are foregoing retirement, or at least putting it off and treating it differently. And they’re in good company, according to Forbes. At 96, actress Betty White doesn’t show any signs … Continue reading “The Changing Face of Retirement”

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What You Need to Know About Social Security and Retirement

Wondering what you need to know about Social Security and retirement? The questions, perspectives and implications regarding Social Security and retirement are countless and varied. Here are a few basic things to understand when it comes to Social Security and retirement, according to Forbes. Recognize that the average Social Security benefit doesn’t represent everyone. How … Continue reading “What You Need to Know About Social Security and Retirement”

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Memory Mondays: New Alzheimer’s Study, Model May Help Develop New Treatments

A group of researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) conducted an Alzheimer’s study that yielded one of the most advanced models of the disease to date. The results of this Alzheimer’s study may provide researchers with a crucial tool to develop new treatments. Currently, Alzheimer’s disease has no cure. MGH’s new model consists of a … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: New Alzheimer’s Study, Model May Help Develop New Treatments”

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Inactivity Health Risks: Just 2 Weeks of Inactivity May Speed Up Diabetes in Seniors

It’s no secret that physical exercise becomes increasingly important as we get older. Staying in shape promotes bone health, reduces muscle and joint pain, boosts balance and improves mobility, among other tremendous health benefits. But what inactivity health risks do we face with age? Many studies show that a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of … Continue reading “Inactivity Health Risks: Just 2 Weeks of Inactivity May Speed Up Diabetes in Seniors”

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Steve Molinari: First-Generation College Grad, Former Federal Employee Finds Acceptance, Community at The Clare

To get a full sense of Clare resident Steve Molinari’s story, it’s important to understand his roots. A second-generation Italian, Steve was born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, a small town south of Pittsburgh near the Appalachian region. Neither of his parents finished high school. His dad began to work from a young age after his father … Continue reading “Steve Molinari: First-Generation College Grad, Former Federal Employee Finds Acceptance, Community at The Clare”

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Memory Mondays: What to Do If You Think Your Parent Has Dementia

Wondering what to do if you think your parent has dementia? Talking with parents about potential symptoms can be a challenge. But a difficult conversation now may result in an early diagnosis and improved care later. Keep these tips in mind as you navigate what to do if you think your parent has dementia. – … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: What to Do If You Think Your Parent Has Dementia”

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Working While Retired: How Retirement Can Lead to New Beginnings

Working while retired isn’t necessarily the retirement that we all dream of. The common belief – and what we look forward to – is the idea that retirement means no more work, no more long hours and much more free time. But working while retired doesn’t have to take away from this special time in … Continue reading “Working While Retired: How Retirement Can Lead to New Beginnings”

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Memory Mondays: Best Supplements for Your Brain

What are the best supplements for your brain? Medical experts assert that there are many dietary supplements and vitamins that can contribute to overall brain health. Remember to consult your primary care physician prior to beginning a supplement plan. Keep the following in mind when you do: – B complex vitamins: High levels of a … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Best Supplements for Your Brain”

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