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Seniors and Technology- Embracing the Digital Age

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

By: Clare Connection

While seniors are generally considered "late adopters" for most technology, more and more older people are beginning to embrace the digital age. According to Pew Research, almost 60% of American seniors over age 65 are now online, a number that is increasing rapidly each year.

Another recent study by Pew Research on older Americans' use of technology reveals several interesting trends about how many seniors are using the latest gadgets and tools. 

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How Much Long-Term Care Will You Need?

Posted: Wednesday, August 9, 2017

By: Clare Connection

According to the Congressional Budget Office about 80 percent of older adults receiving such long-term care services receive it in their own homes, and the average amount of care received (paid and unpaid) ranges from around three hours on the low end to nine hours for those requiring assistance with three or more functional limitations.1 The Department of Health and Human Services cites that those receiving paid or unpaid care in their homes receive such care for an average of two years.2

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4 Ways to Start a Senior Living Discussion with Aging Parents

Posted: Thursday, August 3, 2017

By: Clare Connection

It may be a conversation you have been thinking about but keep putting off. Maybe you have tried but just couldn’t find a good segue or ice-breaker to get a dialogue started. Besides, it’s a topic that a lot of people just aren’t comfortable discussing.

No, I’m not talking about that conversation. I’m referring to starting a discussion with your parents about plans for their living arrangements as they age.

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How CCRCs can help couples stay together as they age

Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

By: Clare Connection

About 70 percent of people over the age of 65 will need some type of long-term care during their lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).1 On average, women will need care for a longer period of time (3.7 years), compared to men (2.2 years), and 20 percent of those age 65 and older will need care for more than five years.

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Considering a Continuing Care Retirement Community? Here are Four Key Aspects of the Decision Process.

Posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

By: Clare Connection

Continuing care retirement communities are a popular retirement living choice among older adults who live fully, or mostly, independently today but desire to live in a setting whereby long-term care services are available if needed in the future. Choosing the right community is an important often complex decision process. Here are four key aspects of the decision process: 

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Clare's Attic

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017

By: Clare Connection

It just takes one spark near the proper tinder to set a wildfire. That tinder is Reneta who is in charge of the History Committee. She proposed the bright spark idea to have a garage sale to fund the gym renovation project at Clare Oaks Senior Living. The tinder was Maureen, the energetic organizer of Clare's Attic, the name given to the funding project, which is no ordinary garage sale that is planned for June 3rd from 9 am until 4 pm. Items include furniture and other estate items as well as clothing, housewares, Christmas decorations, electronics, books, jewelry, craft items, and games.

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Pawsitive Pets

Posted: Monday, May 8, 2017

By: Clare Connection

There is an anonymous quote that states that dogs have owners and cats have staff. What a great picture that paints, evoking images of a dog jumping around the kitchen, tail wagging fast as a propeller as someone opens the dog food can and holds off the beast who can't wait for the food to drop into the bowl. And the cat, snidely waits for the slow staff member to fumble with her food. Animals are fun. They are a joy. They are also very therapeutic.

Yes pets are a lot of work. They need the same things we need: food, water, exercise, and companionship. These are the same things that make having a pet beneficial. Pets help keep you active. They are social magnets. They reduce stress and make you healthier. These are solutions to some of the most common afflictions that can plague some seniors: lack of activity, social isolation, and stress and depression. This is why pets are used in therapy, and volunteers are encouraged to bring their pets to hospitals and rehabilitation centers.

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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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