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Welcome to Bartlett, Illinois

Posted: Monday, April 17, 2017

By: Clare Connection

Bartlett has a very interesting history. Originally hunting grounds for local Indian tribes, Bartlett lies in a woodlands area about thirty five miles west of the bottom portion of Lake Michigan. The major catalyst for Bartlett's growth occurred when Luther Bartlett donated twenty acres of his farmland to the Chicago and Pacific Railroad for a train station. The town was given Bartlett's name because of this, and the station attracted businesses, making the village a success. Bartlett's population is just over 40,000 based on the census of 2010. Bartlett wasn't always a large village. Expansion had been vigorously opposed. The Encyclopedia of Chicago states that when a company had planned to develop 540 acres of land in the 1970s, they backed out because of opposition to the project. With only 716 residents in the 1950s to over forty thousand today, Bartlett has seen some development.

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Clare Oaks Raised Garden Beds

Posted: Monday, April 3, 2017

By: Clare Connection

George Harrison wrote a beautiful song called "Here Comes the Sun."

"Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter/Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here/Here comes the sun." George must have spent some time in Northern Illinois. Every year spring does come, and with it, the sun. Spring is a beautiful season in Bartlett, and gardening is a wonderful way to enjoy it. Clare Oaks Retirement Community provides raised and flat gardening beds for the community, a great hobby for senior living. It is such a joy watching your first green seedlings pop up out of the soil! If you are interested in gardening, here are a few pointers. 

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A Little About Wine

Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017

By: Clare Connection

Winemaking is such an organic process that grapes, if left on the vine, will naturally turn into wine. Every single grape contains everything necessary for wine production: grape juice, sugar, and yeast. Of course naturally occurring wine isn't going to command a $50 bottle price or taste very good. That's where the science of winemaking makes a big difference.

The complex science that vintners go through to produce a bottle of wine is staggering. Terroir, malolactic fermentation, fermentation on the lees, pH of the soil, not enough rain, too much rain, etc., are just a few of the tribulations the vintner has to battle to make a nice bottle of wine. Without getting too technical, this blog will help the average person understand a little bit more about the complexity of wine and how to better select wine for your personal taste.

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To Drive, or not to Drive, That is the Question

Posted: Monday, March 13, 2017

By: Clare Connection

Last year my mother sold her Volvo. Normally, that would not be a big deal. What was momentous was that she was giving up driving entirely. She told me that it  wasn't that big of a decision. Her vertigo and arthritis made driving scary and uncomfortable for her. She knew it was time. This transition is not always that clear cut nor easy. A lot of seniors don't want to give up their independence, their control, their mobility.

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Indoor Gardening

Posted: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

By: Clare Connection

I like gardening. I enjoy nurturing a seedling, watching it grow, pampering it until it matures and then maintaining its health, reaping its harvest or enjoying its natural beauty. But after a natural disaster ripped though my neighborhood destroying everything in my yard, I felt disheartened. I vowed to never spend my time gardening again. Downsizing into a retirement community could prompt similar feelings. Adapting to a smaller living space may be difficult if you had been an avid gardener. But it doesn't have to be that way.

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Valentine's Day and Heart Health Month

Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2017

By: Clare Connection

 
The complete history of St. Valentine is shrouded in mystery. Who exactly he was is a conundrum that will probably never be solved. Legend has it that he was a Roman priest who married young couples against the Roman Emperor's command. The mystery is that there were actually over a dozen saints with the name Valentine who were martyred. Valentine, which means valor or worthy, was a popular name back in the Middle Ages. Whoever he was, he lives in infamy.  Because of his final act of writing a letter (card) to a girl whom he healed, someone thought it would be coy to tie the date of Valentine's martyrdom to honor courtly love. He signed it "Your Valentine."

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Retirement community resident loves a good splash in the pool

Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

By: Clare Connection

Vince is living proof that it’s never too late to get into the swim. 

Vince loves to do laps in Clare Oaks’ beautiful 50-foot indoor pool, but that wasn’t always the case. Before moving to the retirement community, Vince tried learning how to swim but never really succeeded. 

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Dining Room Manager Makes Sure Residents Get Top-notch Service

Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2016

By: Clare Connection

At Clare Oaks, the servers in the dining room treat you like family. They know your favorite foods and beverages and your dining preferences. If you are on a gluten-free diet, they’ll point out the gluten-free selections on the menu. 

Dining Room Manager Antoine Randle makes sure the front-of-the-house staff provides residents with the best possible service—with a smile. 

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Helping others is good for your health

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

By: Clare Connection

Volunteering is a fulfilling way to give back to your community and gives you a sense of accomplishment. Now there’s a growing body of evidence that helping others leads to better health and that older volunteers are the ones most likely to benefit. 

The Corporation for National & Community Services, a federal agency that fosters civic engagement through volunteering, found numerous studies indicating that volunteering provides health benefits. 

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8 ways to get more out of your next doctor visit

Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2016

By: Clare Connection

The days of visiting with your family doctor for 45 minutes are long gone. These days, doctors and other health care professionals are so busy that they don’t have much time to listen to your concerns about your health. 

According to a new infographic from the National Institute on Aging, you have only 18 seconds to talk—that’s the average time a doctor waits before interrupting a patient. 

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