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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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Meet Sue Skender, Clare Oaks’ Chaplain

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2016

By: Clare Connection

To Clare Oaks Senior Living’s new Coordinator of Spiritual Life Sue Skender, spiritual wellness means that “you’ve found meaning in your life, and whatever you’re doing is supporting that.” That’s what she aims to help residents of the retirement community accomplish. 

Just weeks into her tenure as chaplain, Skender set up a program called “Finding God in the Ordinary.” 

“God is present in all creation,” she says. “Sometimes, in our busy lives, we don’t remember that.

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Team Clare Oaks exceeds its goal in Alzheimer’s Walk

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2016

By: Clare Connection

Every Friday for the past couple of months, residents and staff at Clare Oaks have been wearing purple for a cause. 

Casual for a Cause Fridays led up to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 24 and reminded folks that their help is needed in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease.

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