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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

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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?

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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”

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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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