Life at The Clare

Becoming a Minted Artist: A Platform for Older Adults to Sell Art, Acquire New Skills

Retired and looking to take on a creative endeavor? Competitive in nature and wanting to sell artwork? Seeking mentorship and community? Whatever the situation, Minted has older adults covered. As a platform for independent artists to sell their work, many seniors become a Minted artist to hone their creative skills, find or serve as mentors … Continue reading “Becoming a Minted Artist: A Platform for Older Adults to Sell Art, Acquire New Skills”

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Memory Mondays: Early Interventions for Alzheimer’s Disease

Looking for some ideas on early interventions for Alzheimer’s disease to stave off its effects? Many clinical research studies have recently explored preventing the onset of early Alzheimer’s disease through different interventions. Some specific areas of prevention that may slow memory loss in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s include: – Controlling modifiable risk factors, such … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Early Interventions for Alzheimer’s Disease”

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Memory Mondays: 10 Outdoor Activities for Alzheimer’s

In the final weeks of summer, it’s time to make the most of beneficial outdoor activities for Alzheimer’s. Consider these suggestions for outdoor activities suited for loved ones with Alzheimer’s, courtesy of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. – Go for a walk early in the morning or later in the afternoon to beat … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: 10 Outdoor Activities for Alzheimer’s”

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The Terraces at The Clare: Health Care for Residents and the Community at Large

The Clare, the stunning 53-story retirement community located in the heart of the Gold Coast on Rush and Pearson streets, has been redefining retirement living since opening its doors in 2008. The building offers one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes; an extensive array of amenities, including casual and fine dining; an active social community; and … Continue reading “The Terraces at The Clare: Health Care for Residents and the Community at Large”

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Memory Mondays: Myths About What Causes Alzheimer’s

Study after study reveals potential risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease, from certain behaviors to different foods. However, such research should not be confused with the many myths about what causes Alzheimer’s. The following are supposed risk factors that have not been proven by scientific research to cause Alzheimer’s, according to Alzheimers.net. Does Aluminum Cause Alzheimer’s? … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Myths About What Causes Alzheimer’s”

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How Much Will Health Care Cost in Retirement?

How much will health care cost in retirement? Planning for health care costs in retirement is a bit different than planning for retirement in general. That’s because it’s difficult to predict exactly what long-term health care costs may entail. Rather than overwhelming yourself with health care costs over a lifetime, consider these tips from Vanguard, … Continue reading “How Much Will Health Care Cost in Retirement?”

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Memory Mondays: The Link Between Cholesterol and Alzheimer’s Disease

Is there a link between cholesterol and Alzheimer’s disease? A new study out of the United Kingdom concludes that cholesterol may in fact influence the development of Alzheimer’s. Cholesterol, a substance that can build up on artery walls, potentially causes health problems ranging from heart disease to stroke. Now, University of Cambridge researchers suggest low-density … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: The Link Between Cholesterol and Alzheimer’s Disease”

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The Clare Residents Compete in Chicago Dragon Boat Race

Surrounded by elite groups, fire departments and corporate crews, onlookers might not have suspected that residents of The Clare, a luxury senior living community in Chicago’s Gold Coast, were about to race along the south branch of the Chicago River. And yet, The Clare was one of 32 teams competing in the 18th Annual Chicago Dragon … Continue reading “The Clare Residents Compete in Chicago Dragon Boat Race”

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Memory Mondays: Social Interaction and Memory

Social interaction yields many health benefits both physically and mentally, especially as we get older. Notably, group social interaction and memory strongly correlate in terms of protecting the brain, a new study has revealed. To date, research has shown that staying in close touch with friends leads to better preservation of cognition. However, researchers from Ohio … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Social Interaction and Memory”

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Artist Profile, Marcia Fensin: Your Art Should Reflect You

As a child, Clare resident Marcia Fensin often went to the forest preserve with her uncle, equipped with brushes and watercolors. The pair would sit in nature for hours on end, experimenting with the paints and interpretations of the scenery. From there, Marcia’s love for art only grew. “I’ve become very proud of the art … Continue reading “Artist Profile, Marcia Fensin: Your Art Should Reflect You”

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Memory Mondays: Coffee and Alzheimer’s Symptoms

Over the years, many studies have portrayed various health benefits of drinking coffee. Some even connect improved brain function with coffee. However, new research links coffee and Alzheimer’s in a negative way. The study suggests that long-term caffeine consumption may result in worsening Alzheimer’s symptoms. Researchers at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Spain observed mice … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Coffee and Alzheimer’s Symptoms”

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An Innovative Senior Living Community for Retired Musicians

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Where do retired musicians go after playing their last notes on stage and moving on from their professional careers? For about 60 older musicians, the place to be is Milan’s Rest Home for Musicians, called Casa Verdi. A neo-Gothic mansion completed in central Milan by Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1899, the innovative senior … Continue reading “An Innovative Senior Living Community for Retired Musicians”

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Memory Mondays: Millennial Caregivers and Dementia

Millennial caregivers have become increasingly common, given the rapidly aging society and a greater need for care. What may come as a surprise, however, is the number of millennial caregivers assisting loved ones with dementia. That’s because one out of every six millennial caregivers is providing aide for someone with dementia, according to a new … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Millennial Caregivers and Dementia”

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Does Cancer Accelerate Aging?

Does cancer accelerate aging? Recent research shows that cancer survivors tire more easily than people with no cancer history, even years after treatment. Despite the idea that you’re only as old as you feel, such instances suggest a pattern of “accelerated aging” among those who have a history of cancer. “The main goal of cancer … Continue reading “Does Cancer Accelerate Aging?”

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Memory Mondays: Blood Test for Alzheimer’s

For years, scientists have been searching for a means of predicting, diagnosing and treating Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms occur. New research from King’s College London presents a blood test for Alzheimer’s with the potential to do just that. In fact, the researchers noted they were able to predict the onset of the disease with 87% … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Blood Test for Alzheimer’s”

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Planning Retirement: Answer These Questions If You’re 50 or Older

Planning retirement? Whether you’re anticipating retirement, just about to retire or already have retired, developing a plan is key for your years after work. Answer these questions courtesy of Forbes to make planning retirement as successful as possible. – How long do you plan to retire? Essentially, this entails estimating your life expectancy to be … Continue reading “Planning Retirement: Answer These Questions If You’re 50 or Older”

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You’re Only as Old as You Feel: Aging Cliches May Bear Some Truth

We’ve all heard the saying that you’re only as old as you feel. Most likely, we dismiss such sentiments as nothing more than one of the myriad of aging cliches that exist in society. But could it be true? Is it possible to truly feel differently than our actual age tells us to feel? Research … Continue reading “You’re Only as Old as You Feel: Aging Cliches May Bear Some Truth”

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Artist Profile, Sara Rini Aversa: Art Revolves Around Us

Every aspect of Clare resident Sara Rini Aversa’s life and career has been touched by art in some way, shape or form. Beginning in high school, Sara enrolled in art classes, working with silk screen, oil paints, watercolor and more to explore her creativity. After she graduated in 1950, her parents supported her dream of … Continue reading “Artist Profile, Sara Rini Aversa: Art Revolves Around Us”

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Memory Mondays: Sitting and Memory Loss

Sitting and memory loss – what do the two have to do with each other? In recent years, studies have noted various health issues associated with sitting too much, from diabetes to heart disease. This holds true even among those who regularly exercise. But the latest research finds that among people middle-aged and older, an … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Sitting and Memory Loss”

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The Long-Term Effects of Stress

The long-term effects of stress typically include various health issues, including chronic pain, heart problems and anxiety and depression. Yet we often associate such significant health ailments with major stressors, from getting fired to big breakups. However, new research supported by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institutes of Health points out that … Continue reading “The Long-Term Effects of Stress”

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