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The Plaza at The Barrington of Carmel celebrates Easter

April 17, 2017

It was a sea of spring colors at The Plaza at The Barrington of Carmel, the senior living community’s Health Services neighborhood, during a recent Easter Egg Hunt. Residents’ grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as associates’ children and grandchildren were decked out in their Easter attire while they searched the community for about 500 eggs. Children were laughing as their grandparents watched and smiled. Others were seeing just how many eggs they could fit into their baskets. This is the second year the community has hosted the family event. The community hopes to expand and include the public next year.

“At The Barrington of Carmel, we love to bring families together especially during a holiday,” said Susie Herrmann, Plaza sales director at The Barrington of Carmel. “The residents worked really hard stuffing eggs to prepare for this event. It’s a joy to see the smiles on the residents’ faces when they interact with their grandchildren or great-grandchildren.”

The fun-filled afternoon highlighted the importance of The Barrington’s Masterpiece Living® philosophy, which embraces a wellness-minded attitude and encourages learning at any age, focusing on an individual’s key development areas – physical, mental, social and spiritual.

Edgemere’s Executive Chef Shares Exclusive Recipes and Healthy Eating Tips to Promote National Nutrition Month

March 27, 2017

Eating healthier should be on the agenda for everyone regardless of age, but senior adults often need to adopt healthier eating habits due to doctor-mandated dietary restrictions – or perhaps the axiom “with age comes wisdom” includes eating smarter. To help promote National Nutrition Month in March, Victor Jaime, executive chef at Edgemere, an SQLC retirement community, is offering tips he uses in his own kitchen and is also opening Edgemere’s exclusive recipe vault to share some of the residents’ favorite dishes. Chef Jaime is French-trained in the culinary arts with more than 20 years of experience serving fine diners – including personally prepared meals for four United States presidents – at some of the world’s finest hotels and restaurants.

“Eating healthy is not difficult nor is it a sacrifice,” said Executive Chef Jaime. “It’s simply a matter of making conscious, informed decisions to cook differently and allow your taste buds to experience foods in a new way. Here at Edgemere, we use only the very best fresh foods and ingredients – including organic – which is the foundation of good nutrition. We believe that healthy eating is not only better for you, but you will actually feel better. I absolutely love cooking for Edgemere residents, and the ultimate compliment is when they ask us to serve particular dishes again. We’re sharing some tips and three of these favorite dishes with the public for the first time in an effort to help residents of Dallas find healthier options.”

Some of Chef Jaime’s practical tips are:

  • Salmon is better for you when it’s seared, steamed or broiled. The chef’s secret: Most restaurants will prepare it for you this way, even if it’s not on the menu. Just ask.
  • Serve sandwiches open face on one slice of bread and make taco salads in taco bowls instead of shells. The chef’s secret: Less bread and taco shell means fewer calories.
  • Poultry is good for you when prepared properly – baked or broiled is best. Buy fresh chicken that has never been frozen. The chef’s secret: Fresh chicken has the best texture and flavor.
  • When preparing ground meat for any dish, cook it without seasoning first, drain the meat thoroughly, then re-cook it with any desired seasonings. The chef’s secret: Seasonings retain grease.
  • On salads or on the side, try red Fuji organic apples and you’ll be hooked on them for life. The chef’s secret: Apples will satisfy your sweet tooth.
  • Adding too much salt to foods isn’t good for anyone. Instead, use different spices and condiments such as cumin, cayenne, paprika, fresh black pepper, oregano, lemon peel, garlic powder, onion powder and rubbed sage. The chef’s secret: Mrs. Dash is a salt-free product made of blends of different herbs and seasonings.

Executive Chef Jaime joined Edgemere in 2015 after previously serving as the executive chef for the Magnolia Hotel in Dallas. He has more than 23 years of experience in developing progressive and inventive selections for the menus of four- and five-star hotels, as well as resorts and restaurants in The United States, Mexico and France. He attended culinary school in Strasbourg, France, between the ages of 15 to 19 because, Chef Jamie says, “They only take young students who haven’t had time to form bad habits.”

“At Edgemere, quality is imperative in every detail of our community, and this includes having an executive chef who really enjoys his craft and truly cares about our residents’ overall health and dining experience. One of Chef Jamie’s strengths is his uncanny ability to create great recipes, as well as his talent for customizing these recipes and culinary experiences to the palates of various individuals,” said Luis Argote, executive director of Edgemere. “Chef Jaime aspires to create and present new and exciting dishes that are amazing and healthy. We hope the sharing of his tips and a few our residents’ favorite recipes will inspire a healthier lifestyle for the Greater Dallas community.”

Executive Chef Jaime presents three recipes he selected, perfect for the coming summer and favorites of Edgemere residents: Dijon Rosemary Salmon, Zucchini & Cherry Tomatoes with Basil, and Summer Quinoa Salad. (Recipes Courtesy of Edgemere)


Dijon Rosemary Salmon

4 servings


  • 2 pounds salmon filets, 8 oz. portions
  • 1 ounce chopped fresh rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper


  • Whisk together the chopped rosemary, virgin olive oil, white wine, kosher salt, black pepper and Dijon mustard to create a marinade.
  • Marinate salmon for 20 minutes to one hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove salmon from marinade, place on baking sheet, and baste salmon with more Dijon mustard.
  • Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees, then turn over and broil for 2 minutes.


Zucchini & Cherry Tomatoes with Basil

4 servings


  • 2 pounds zucchini, cut in half-moon size
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 5 ounces chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped, peeled garlic
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tablespoons ground black pepper
  • ½ each chopped red onion (peeled)
  • 1 teaspoon of zested lemon


  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes until softened and slightly translucent.
  • Add the zucchini, squash and black pepper. Stir to combine and place in pan with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Cook 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally until vegetables have softened slightly.
  • Add the cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and stir to blend.
  • Cook an additional 8-10 minutes with the lid on the pan, stirring occasionally.
  • Toss with lemon zest and fresh basil.

Summer Quinoa Salad

4 servings


  • ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup cut fresh corn kernels
  • ½ tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 diced avocados
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onion
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup cut cherry tomatoes (halved)


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet until shimmering.
  • Add the corn kernels and cook on medium-high heat for 3 minutes, letting them brown (do not touch or stir them).
  • After one side is charred, toss the kernels and let another side cook, undisturbed, for 2-3 minutes, repeating until the kernels are evenly charred on all sides. Toss with chili powder, then set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl, make a basic guacamole: mash the avocado, half of the cilantro, half of the green onions and juice of one lime.
  • Stir in the cooled corn, quinoa and cherry tomatoes into the guacamole. Toss with the remaining cilantro, green onions and lime juice, then add salt and pepper, to taste. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

The Barrington of Carmel Recognizes Achievements of Evelyn Rice during Women’s History Month

March 23, 2017

For Evelyn Rice, working outside of the home was something she wanted to do, so when labor shortages emerged during World War II she gladly joined the workforce, putting her pharmacy degree to use for major corporations including Eli Lilly and Dow Chemical. March is National Women’s History Month, with the theme “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business,” and The Barrington of Carmel, an SQLC retirement community, recognizes resident Rice for her accomplishments in the workforce during a time when the majority of women stayed home with their children or worked as teachers and nurses.

“I was married with three sons and my husband was serving our country on board a ship,” said Rice. “My parents wanted me and the boys to move back home, but I had a pharmacy degree and knew that I could put it to good use if I could get a job.”

Rice worked for more than 15 years in chemical control labs at both Eli Lilly and Dow Chemical, where she was responsible for determining if the amount of active ingredient in product samples was correct. When she started, the majority of her co-workers were men, but as the United States’ involvement in World War II escalated, she saw a dramatic shift in the number of women in the workforce. However, according to Rice most of her supervisors were men.

Rice and her husband, Glenn, met at Ferris State University in Michigan, and she admits that she chose a pharmacy degree primarily because she thought it looked like a fun job. “I had a friend who was married to a pharmacist, and he ran a drug store,” said Rice. “It seemed like a cool place to work, so I picked it for my major.” After retiring from Dow Chemical, Rice actually worked part-time in a pharmacy for the now defunct Indianapolis-based Hook’s Drug Store.

“I feel fortunate to have experienced the best of both worlds – raising my boys and working at a job that I really enjoyed,” said Rice. “So much has changed during my lifetime, especially technology. If we had computers when I worked, I can only imagine how different the job would have been.”

Rice moved into The Barrington three years ago, and keeps busy by playing cards and participating in the exercise programs offered at the community. She says she is proud to have made it to 98 years old and survived cancer twice.

“I guess I’m just lucky,” said Rice. “I try to keep my mind sharp and stay busy. There are so many activities to choose from at The Barrington that I can always find something to do.”

“Evelyn is a remarkable woman, and her life story is amazing,” said Jesse Sias, executive director of The Barrington. “She has broken down stereotypes and paved the way for so many women who have come after her. Because of Evelyn and others like her, women today know that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to.”

Edgemere Spotlights Jeanne Grubbs for National Women’s History Month “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Business” As One of America’s First Female Auto Dealers

March 22, 2017

As a young girl during a time when most women pursued careers such as homemakers, school teachers, and nurses, Jeanne Grubbs had already decided she wanted to own her own business. Following her father’s encouragement and having the support of her husband and lifetime business partner, her childhood dream – and unwavering determination – enabled her to achieve her goals and become a legendary automobile dealer. March is National Women’s History Month, with the theme “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business,” and Edgemere, an SQLC community, recognizes resident Jeanne Grubbs who, among many accomplishments, became Nissan’s first female new auto dealer in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area – thus also making her one of America’s first female dealers.

“My father took me to his office where he did bookwork every Saturday, and I was a very curious child,” said Jeanne, who was raised in East Dallas. “One time, I sat in the company president’s chair and told my father I wanted to own and manage my own business. He replied, ‘You can do anything that you set your heart to, but do your best – and you must love what you do.’”

Most young men were taken aback when Jeanne told them she intended to pursue a business career, but then she met George Grubbs when they were students at Southern Methodist University. When her future husband discovered Jeanne aspired to be a business owner, he replied, “I think that’s wonderful. That’s what I want to do. We’ll make a great team.”

After dating for a year and a half, Jeanne and George married in 1949, marking the beginning of a strong marriage and a very successful business partnership. With the goal of owning a new car dealership in the Dallas area, they began by selling used cars in Dallas from 1949 to 1956 – first from their apartment, then from 15 spaces rented on a used car lot, and later on a lot they rented on Ross Avenue. But to open a new car dealership required a lot of capital and, on the advice of one of George’s professors at SMU, they moved to Roswell, N.M., in 1956. Living in a trailer home on the back of their used car lot, George and Jeanne ran the business together and saved, waiting for the right opportunity. Jeanne said, “My husband pushed me forward, making sure I knew everything. George always told me I could do anything he could do. He would go to Dallas to buy cars, and I would run the car lot myself. He was a great partner and teacher.” By day they sold cars, but those days were long. George washed cars early in the morning and polished them at night. Their young son, George Jr., also pitched in, already learning the ropes, too. It was truly a family business.

The Grubbs reached their goal of owning a new car dealership when, in 1965, they got the opportunity to buy a Volkswagen dealership in Roswell. But they also yearned to return to Texas and be closer to family in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and thus they seized the opportunity in 1968 to buy a Volkswagen dealership in Waco from a retiring owner. While in Waco, encouraged by her husband and mentored by a Baylor University professor and friend, Jeanne honed her skills in management, including recognizing potential in people others might pass over and coaching many of them on to lead very successful careers. In 1971, son George Jr. was fresh out of college and was selected to open a dealership in Corpus Christi.

In 1977, the Grubbs family reached their ultimate goal – to own an automobile dealership in the Dallas/Fort Worth area – when they were awarded a Datsun (now Nissan) dealership in Bedford. George Sr. and George Jr. sold their respective dealerships, becoming partners. By this time, younger son Eric was a high school student washing cars and performing other chores during summers. Later, after graduating from SMU, Eric joined the family business full time. The family was now united, living in the same area and working together.

Although Jeanne had already achieved her childhood goal of business ownership, the pinnacle of her own personal career growth occurred in the early 1980s when she applied for and was appointed as dealer of the Nissan store in Bedford which the family already owned. Jeanne said, “You can own a dealership and hire a qualified, top manager, but becoming an operating dealer – the highest management position in the dealership – requires the manufacturer’s approval. When the family was opening other new dealerships, I applied for the Nissan dealer position. I could hardly wait to go to work. They had high standards and watched me closely. After a short time of proving myself, I was approved. Nissan told me I was the first woman dealer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area they had appointed.”

Jeanne and George always said they would work in the business as long as they could do so together, which lasted until he became ill in 2002. After caring for him for several years at home, Jeanne’s sons encouraged her to move to Edgemere in independent living and her husband moved to skilled nursing at The Plaza, the community’s health services neighborhood. Jeanne was at George’s side from early morning until late at night, and she actively did all she could to care for him with help from Edgemere’s team. With Jeanne faithfully at his side, George Grubbs Sr. passed away in 2012. They were partners in life and in business for 62 years.

With sons Eric, George Jr. and grandson George III now at the helm, today the customer-focused business includes Grubbs Nissan on Airport Freeway in Bedford, which was the original Datsun dealership, as well as Grubbs Infiniti on State Highway 114 in Grapevine, the largest Infiniti dealership in the United States. Although retired from the automobile business, Jeanne admits she still keeps tabs on the business.

“With my father, my husband, and now my sons and other family members in the business, I’ve been very blessed. I give my mother credit for teaching me the rewards of hard work, discipline and the Bible. I loved what I did and looked forward to going to work every morning,” said Jeanne, whose large family includes five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. “After George became ill, I was further blessed by my long-time church family at Prestonwood Baptist Church, as well as the excellent care by the staff at Edgemere to my husband and me. These were blessings for me during a difficult time with my husband’s illness. After George passed, I had to turn a new chapter in my life. I decided Edgemere is my home and where I want to be. I’ve made many new friends here. This is a most wonderful place to live.”

“Without question, Jeanne Grubbs must be at the top of any list of accomplished business women in Texas,” said Luis Argote, executive director of Edgemere. “The ideals upon which she and her husband managed their automobile dealerships are exactly in line with our guiding principles at Edgemere, which include providing extraordinary service, being attentive to every detail and hiring and developing great talent. I have no doubt whatsoever that Jeanne Grubbs can successfully run any business, right now, if she wants to do so.”

Querencia at Barton Creek Donates Appliances to Blanco River Regional Recovery Team

March 22, 2017

In 2015, the Memorial Day and All Saints weekend floods changed the lives of hundreds of families in Blanco, Caldwell, Guadalupe, and Hays Counties. While the flood waters receded almost two years ago, many individuals who reside in the affected counties are still trying to pick up the pieces. With this ongoing need in mind, Querencia at Barton Creek, an SQLC retirement community, has joined forces with the Blanco River Regional Recovery Team to provide flood survivors with basic resources to refill their homes and start over. This ongoing partnership will provide home appliances and any other necessities to area families. When residents move to other levels of living in the community, or if they decide to clean out their closets or change appliances, they donate items to this organization. The Blanco River Regional Recovery Team was designed to assist with the long-term recovery of survivors from the Memorial Day and All Saints weekend floods.

“There is still a lot of work that needs to be done,” said Cynthia Jones, volunteer for the Blanco River Regional Recovery Team. “It’s absolutely a long-term recovery for these communities. This flood changed people’s lives in ways that far exceeded the damage, and we are dedicated to making sure everyone is able to get back on their feet. Having help from a community like Querencia makes recovery possible, and we’re so thankful for their willingness to help others.”

According to Nelda Rivas, director of housekeeping at Querencia, the senior living community has always been dedicated to assisting those in need by donating after various disasters over the years, and this particular incident hit close to home. That’s why providing appliances and other items felt like a natural fit. The community has donated refrigerators, dishwashers, clothing, food and other essentials.  

“The community has rallied to help our neighbors,” said Rivas. “It’s incredibly rewarding to know that we can make a difference and give people a head start on their new beginning. We’re very proud of all our residents and team members who have contributed. Since we started, we’ve donated over a dozen appliances, and we’re excited to see how many more we can give to those in need.”

“At Querencia at Barton Creek, we are proud to work with other local organizations to positively impact the lives of people who live in the greater community,” said Nate Weyand, executive director of Querencia. “We hope that by sharing the ongoing story of those affected by the floods that it will inspire others to get involved and rebuild these local communities.”

The Barrington Serves Up New Dining Program

March 21, 2017

With the assistance of our new corporate chef, The Barrington of Carmel has implemented a new dining program for residents with dietary restrictions. This new practice and program allows our dining team to cook and puree our meals, rather than using frozen puree that is commonly used. 

We are proud to serve fresh, high quality meals to our residents that not only fit their dietary needs, but that also tastes delicious! At The Barrington, every level of living can enjoy the tasty food that our community serves up.

Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter Presents Award To The Stayton At Museum Way For Annual Support Of Cowtown Marathon ALZ Stars Team

March 21, 2017

A special recognition award was presented by the Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter to The Stayton at Museum Way, an SQLC retirement community, for supporting the ALZ Stars team, which raises money for the association as annual participants in Fort Worth’s Cowtown Marathon. Each year since the team’s formation in 2013, The Stayton serves the team a fabulous pasta dinner on a day leading up to the race to help energize and encourage the ALZ Stars team of runners and walkers. The dinner also serves as an opportunity for team fellowship, as many of the team members are either reuniting or meeting for the first time. In addition, The Stayton supports other Alzheimer’s Association initiatives and activities including sponsorships of the chapter’s signature fundraiser, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, as well as the annual Spring Symposium which provides education to caregivers and health care professionals in North Central Texas. Last year, residents also produced “The Stayton Cooks to End Alzheimer’s” cookbook to raise funds for the organization.

“We wanted to give The Stayton at Museum Way an award to recognize their consistent hospitality and generosity on our fifth anniversary, as they’ve been a key asset to our team’s value and growth since ALZ Stars began in 2013,” said Sarah Ethridge, special events coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter. “We are grateful for our partnership with The Stayton, because without relationships like the one we have with them we could not successfully execute our mission of providing the care, research and support needed for those facing Alzheimer’s in North Central Texas.”

The ALZ Stars team had 46 participants who collectively raised more than $53,000 in this year’s Cowtown Marathon, held Feb. 26. Fundraising efforts are still underway in hopes of reaching the team’s $75,000 goal. Donations can easily be made at act.alz.org/alzstarscowtown2017.

“We are grateful for this beautiful award, which represents our commitment to the Alzheimer’s Association and, in a unique way, to some of our residents living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia,” said Melissa Heiss, director of sales and marketing for The Stayton at Museum Way. “As a life care community, we not only have independent living residences, but also multiple levels of living including memory support. Family members, caregivers, and health care professionals all benefit by the awareness and educational efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association, which is why supporting them is important to us and all of our North Central Texas community.”

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s, and it is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Currently, more than 350,000 Texans are living with Alzheimer’s, and that number is expected to grow to 490,000 by 2025.

St. Patrick's Day at The Barrington

March 20, 2017

On March 17, The Barrington of Carmel was entertained with an eventful day, while residents, along with friends and family, came together for a St. Patrick's Day celebration! The Dining Team at The Barrington decorated the hall and served up St. Patrick's Day specialties. Residents and guests dressed in their best and brightest green attire, and enjoyed their festive food and green refreshments. 

We love the spirit that our residents show every day here at The Barrington of Carmel. See below for pictures of our St. Patty's Day Party! 

Living It! Initiative at The Buckingham Inspires Residents to Live Engaged and Active Lifestyles

March 3, 2017

The Buckingham, Houston’s premier retirement community, recently concluded a month-long initiative called the “Living It!” program, which focused on inspiring senior residents to live a more engaged and active lifestyle. The four-week campaign focused on The Buckingham’s Masterpiece Living® philosophy, which embraces a wellness-minded attitude and encourages learning throughout the aging process, focusing on an individual’s key developmental areas – physical, intellectual, social and spiritual. The ultimate challenge was for residents to try four new activities each week throughout the four-week program. Events such as yoga, a coloring class, button contest and Mahjong pushed the residents to try new activities to stay active and engaged.

“The Living It! campaign was an incredible opportunity for residents to encourage one another and push themselves to experience something new,” said Pam Ortiz, director of resident services and lifestyles at The Buckingham. “During these last four weeks, it has been absolutely incredible to watch the residents challenge themselves, and we witnessed their commitment to our community’s Masterpiece Living® philosophy.”

The community began the first week by introducing programs aimed at the spiritual component of wellness, and the second week focused on the intellectual component. These programs challenged residents to embrace the benefits of lifelong learning. During the third week, which focused on social programs, residents met new people and participated in a new activity they might have otherwise never tried. Finally, as part of the last week of the Living It! program, residents experienced the physical components of wellness. The Buckingham embraces every opportunity to give residents the chance to take part in new activities as well as different cultures and traditions.

“With the success of the Living It! initiative we are encouraged to see residents try new things and expand the way they look at their well-being,” said Julie Fenske, executive director of The Buckingham. “At The Buckingham, we are inspired by the residents each day, and we hope that their dedication to improving their health and well-being inspires other seniors to try something new.”

The Buckingham Celebrates Go Texan Day

March 3, 2017

Each year, horses and Houstonians dressed in their western finest fill the streets of Houston to celebrate the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. To commemorate the rodeo, the residents of The Buckingham – Houston's premier life care retirement community – recently took part in their own country and western celebration. The Buckingham basked in Texas spirit on Go Texan Day by participating in the community’s annual chili cook-off, as residents and team members faced off to see who would take the top prize for best chili. Participants and attendees were able to savor many different kinds of homemade chili during the contest. Later that evening, residents dressed in their favorite rodeo attire and enjoyed an indulgent Texas-style barbecue dinner complete with a live band that played classic country tunes.

The Buckingham, an SQLC retirement community, embraces every opportunity to help residents experience exciting activities and explore different cultures and traditions, particularly those that honor the spirit of the local Houston community. Through events like the annual chili cook-off, the community provides residents with the opportunity to engage with others and find new ways to be active. The chili cook-off is yet another everyday reminder of the Masterpiece Living® philosophy which is incorporated throughout the community.

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