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SQLC communities make headlines in all our hometowns.

Querencia at Barton Creek in Austin, Edgemere in Dallas, The Buckingham in Houston, Mirador in Corpus Christi, The Stayton at Museum Way in Fort Worth and The Barrington in Carmel, Indiana.


Luau Terrific Tuesday at the Barrington

July 11, 2017

Every month, the leadership at the Barrington comes together to plan and host a themed party to show appreciation for our team. In June, the theme was Luau Terrific Tuesday, where we played "minute-to-win-it" style games to for fun prizes, endulged in some delicious snacks, and enjoyed the company of our team members.

On these days, and every day, we appreciate the work our team puts into making the Barrington so great! 

Edgemere residents attend Ultimate Escape Game in Dallas

July 10, 2017

Residents from Edgemere, an SQLC retirement community, recently participated in a fun and trendy adventure. They went to Ultimate Escape Game Dallas. Participants were locked in a room with the goal of finding a four-digit code to escape. Their mission was to identify the 23rd ingredient in Dr. Cola’s secret pop recipe, not by taste, but through Dallas-themed puzzles which spotlight the Lone Star State’s storied history. The catch – residents had just one hour to solve the puzzles and escape. George and Janet Clayton were two of the first Edgemere residents to sign up for the game. They say when they saw the game in the community’s monthly newsletter it caught their eyes, and they knew they had to try it out. They have never participated in an escape room game before until now, and enjoyed the challenge. The couple says they’ve always been interested in mysteries and trivia. They enjoy keeping their minds active, and participating in an escape room was the perfect fit.

“We have played Jeopardy! and bridge at the community, but this was something different for us,” said Janet Clayton. “We like to keep our minds going – it’s beneficial as you get older – and this game did that. We worked with the other residents to figure out the puzzles and had a great time.”

According to the digital trivia system Buzztime, trivia games are a terrific way for seniors to keep their minds sharp and alert while reducing the risk or delaying the onset of age-related dementia. They also allow seniors to socialize while exercising their brains. The escape room game is a worldwide trend which is just now taking off in the United States, and the community wanted the residents to experience this adventure which is captivating the globe. This is the first time the community has attended an escape room.

“We are always looking for new games or outings for the residents,” said Ashley Wessel, lifestyles director at Edgemere. “This was a unique opportunity for the residents to try something they may not have thought of previously. The residents worked well together to come up with the answers, and we hope they learned something new along the way.”


The Barrington Hosts The Longest Day Fundraiser

June 23, 2017

On Wednesday June 21, The Barrington teamed up with the Alzheimer’s Association to host the Longest Day Fundraiser to raise money and bring awareness to the life-altering disease. Although this is the community’s first time hosting the event, the fundraiser is held on the first day of the summer each year because the duration of the “sunrise-to-sunset” event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease. The purpose of this event is to encourage thousands of people worldwide to do what they love – The Barrington chose singing! The community hosted a variety of cocktails with live entertainment by Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos. The Barrington Glee Club set a goal to raise $1,600, but exceeded that by raising over $5,000!

Edgemere and The Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society team up to host presentation by Dr. Kenneth Cooper on exercise

June 22, 2017

Hundreds of invited guests and residents recently filled the Performing Arts Center at Edgemere, an SQLC retirement community, to hear Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, founder and chairman of Cooper Aerobics, give a presentation on the benefits of exercise and how it can improve your life. Dr. Cooper provided tips during the presentation about ways to possibly prevent dementia, and he suggested that people exercise their minds daily, get 30 minutes of physical exercise most days of the week, socialize and get at least seven hours of sleep a night. When it comes to cancer, Dr. Cooper says exercise is a factor in preventing cancer and can be used to lessen fatigue in patients having chemotherapy, and according to multiple patient studies, exercise improves the physical function and health-related quality of life for a person with Parkinson’s. To improve your overall health, he recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. The goal of the event was to emphasize the importance of exercise to ensure a healthy mind and body regardless of age. Edgemere and The Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society teamed up to host the event.

“The residents and invited guests were impressed with Dr. Cooper’s presentation,” said Martha Bonilla, outreach coordinator at The Plaza at Edgemere. “He has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to exercising and the benefits that come with it. We were grateful that Dr. Cooper gave us his time to present the topic ‘Exercise is the Miracle Drug.’ We hope to have Dr. Cooper back again in the future.”

Dr. Cooper sets an example for maintaining a healthy lifestyle by exercising on a regular basis. At 86, he has logged over 38,000 miles running. Dr. Cooper is a former Air Force Lieutenant Colonel from Oklahoma, who introduced the concept of aerobics. He is the author of the 1968 book Aerobics, which emphasized a point system for improving the cardiovascular system.

Gary Piattoni Appraises Treasures for Residents at The Barrington

June 8, 2017

Professional appraiser Gary Piattoni recently spent the day at The Barrington of Carmel inspecting treasures belonging to residents and guests. Dozens of people presented their antiques, collectibles and heirlooms to uncover their true worth. Items ranging from dishes to wall art were given to Piattoni to appraise. Piattoni’s skill landed him his role on the renowned PBS television series “Antiques Roadshow” in 1997. His expertise covers a wide range of areas including fine art, furniture, decorative arts, collectibles and militaria. He’s also made several appearances on daytime TV shows including “The Oprah Winfrey Show” over the course of his 25 years in the antique appraisal industry. Residents and guests were excited Piattoni visited the community and enjoyed learning the value of their items.

Piattoni lends a wealth of knowledge to audiences across the country who are curious to learn the value of their most prized possessions. The fun-filled day 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.

See pictures from our event below.

The Barrington Foundation Hosts a Pancake Breakfast

May 31, 2017

On May 31, The Barrington Foundation started the day off right by hosting a pancake breakfast honoring our residents for their participation in our fundraising efforts.

The residents at The Barrington of Carmel are always finding ways to stay involved and active in the community. We are so grateful for everyone who has helped our foundation in giving back to our community. 

We thank you for your love and support, and we look forward to continuing to these fundraising efforts. 

We hope you enjoyed our pancake breakfast! See below for photos of this morning's event!

Edgemere hosts lunch and presentation for veterans on Memorial Day

May 30, 2017

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer. For most people, the three-day weekend is a time to spend at the lake or have a barbecue, but for veterans this isn’t a joyous holiday. It’s a time to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Charles Simmons is a resident at Edgemere, an SQLC retirement community, and a veteran who served in the Navy for five years.  Memorial Day is an emotional time for him. He thinks back to his time in the Navy and the people who didn’t get to come home. To remember the fallen, Edgemere hosted a Memorial Day lunch on May 29 at 12 p.m. Afterwards, Dave Tanner, local radio host, presented “A Tribute to the Greatest Generation,” with a musical program. The goal was to remind veterans that they and their fallen brothers and sisters are remembered on this special day. Simmons says that during every service he gets a lump in his throat when any of his friends are honored. He says even if he didn’t know the person he considers them a friend because he knows what they went through.

“It’s an unspoken bond that we all laid our lives on the line to protect others,” Simmons said. “This is a somber holiday. I don’t do the barbecues because I know what this day means. I knew these men who gave their lives. We need to remember them because we wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for what they did. They truly gave everything they had for this country and we should respect that.”

Simmons always knew he wanted to be a pilot. In August of 1966 he became an aviation officer candidate, and after two years of training he was qualified as a naval aviator. The Vietnam War was in full-swing and Simmons was shipped out to Southeast Asia. His job was to support combat operations while flying the Douglas EKA-3B Skywarrior. Simmons says it was a tough job and he lost friends along the way, but he also gained new ones for life. Once he was out of the Navy, he became a commercial pilot and worked for 30 years before retiring in 1999.

“During and after the war I was responsible for other’s lives,” Simmons said. “My training was crucial. If I overlooked something it was life or death. There are people who didn’t come home, and it’s hard for me to think about that because I am thankful I was able to make it back. I honored those who died protecting our country on Memorial Day. Anchors aweigh my boys, anchors aweigh!”

Simmons says he’s grateful Edgemere put together this lunch and brought in a guest speaker. He says they know the true meaning of Memorial Day. The senior living community looks for new ways to honor veterans each year and thought this would be a great fit.

“We have a lot of veterans at Edgemere and we want them to know their fallen brothers and sisters are never forgotten, and we are thankful for what they did,” said Vanessa Curtright Bowles, Edgemere sales and marketing director. “We try to do all we can to help our residents get through this day because we know it can be difficult. Having the lunch and guest speaker allows the residents to get together and remember those who gave it all for our country.”

Celebrate Red Nose Day With Residents at The Barrington

May 25, 2017

On May 25, residents and team members at The Barrington of Carmel showed support in the quest to end child poverty by raising money and awareness for kids in the United States and around the world.

May 25 marks Red Nose Day - a day dedicated to raising money for disadvantaged people. Since it's launch in the U.S. in 2015, this day has raised $60 million.

We are proud supporters of Red Nose Day, and we hope you join us in the continuation to benefit children and young people.

Happy Red Nose Day!

Random Acts of Flowers Visits The Barrington

May 25, 2017

Residents of The Plaza at The Barrington of Carmel are in for a sweet treat. The smell of fresh bouquets of flowers have started to fill the air at the senior living community. Random Acts of Flowers and Carmel-based Determine Incorporated are teaming up to put a smile on the faces of assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing residents by bringing them free flowers. This is the first time Random Acts of Flowers has come to the community, and the best part is that it’s all a surprise! Determine Inc. is donating the flowers and volunteering its time to go door to door at the community to deliver the flowers to each resident. The goal is to improve the emotional health and well-being of individuals at the senior living community by delivering flowers, encouragement and personal moments of kindness.  This random act of kindness will leave a lasting impact on the residents.

Mirador Resident Reflects On Life Spent Championing Human Rights and Worldwide Medical Advancement

May 24, 2017

Throughout U.S. history, American men and women have often been the agents of change at home and abroad. While history may remember those with amazing tales of courage or discovery, it’s often the everyday stories of men and women that leave a lasting impression on the world around them. One such individual, Dr. John Bird, a resident at Mirador – an SQLC retirement community – is a prime example of how an ordinary individual was able to have an extraordinary impact on those around him. Bird began his career as a medical scientist not in a hospital, but as a professor surrounded by students with whom to share wisdom and prepare for the future. A Fulbright scholar and professor of physiology at Rutgers, Bird would travel every few years with his wife to distant nations to practice medicine and engage with medical professionals to find those without access to the medical advances. It was these trips that not only brought Bird and his wife, Evie, closer together but inspired him to continue engaging with people around the world. Bird’s work would allow him to live in countries closed off to the world at the time, and enable him to see native peoples in a new perspective. As advocates for human and civil rights, the Birds would translate their experiences abroad into discussion and advocacy upon their return home to help spark a cultural revolution in thought and understanding.

“The times we were traveling were some of the best spent in my life,” said Bird. “I was lucky that my wife encouraged me to travel and to pursue the level of professional and academic achievement I did. Everywhere we went we were a team, and through our travels we learned a lot about the people in other countries and the similarities we have with them. At a time when there was so much uncertainty in the world, it was refreshing to have the opportunity to learn from and get to know individuals in countries like China, Egypt, Panama and the former Soviet Union.”

The Birds’ travels would take him around the world and behind the iron curtain, providing a unique look into a world that was closed off for most people. According to Bird, there was always a culture shock when arriving in a new place. In many of the countries the couple lived, the pace of life was slower than the quick moving atmosphere in America. Learning to balance cultural differences and gain the trust or acceptance of new colleagues and friends was something that needed to be tackled. This was especially important to understand in communist countries, where citizens were limited in how they discussed their lives and the world around them.

“It always took a fair amount of time to gain trust and have the ability to engage in a frank discussion,” said Bird. “Once that trust was gained, we had the ability to see people as they were. People lived their lives at a level beyond the politics of their governments, the politicians might have controlled the way of life, but not how people lived. This was a side of these countries that was rarely reported by the media, and it was important to share that knowledge when we were in the states.”

As their world view continued to develop, the Birds participated in the civil rights movement advocating for equal rights and working to better the country. Bird fondly remembers being in Washington D.C as he was going through the process to receive a Fulbright Scholarship and picking up a newspaper only to find his wife’s picture on the front page protesting for equal rights. Upon John’s retirement in 1999, the Birds moved to Port Aransas where they spent 15 years together continuing to travel and share with others the importance of learning more about those in other countries and making the world a better place. Following their move to Mirador, John’s activism changed focus to the care of Evie, as he worked to ensure that Evie and others in similar stages of aging received quality care. Today, as a member of the resident council at Mirador, Bird works with fellow residents to share the voice of residents at the senior living community.

“My wife and I were very happy together here,” said Bird. “I want to do what I can to make sure that everyone has the same level of experience we did. As seniors across the country age, it’s going to be important that communities like Mirador are available as an option. If I have the ability to ensure the success of the community and help provide resident feedback and expectations then there’s nothing better I can do.”

While Bird’s activism may look different today, his contributions through his research, the instruction of future medical professionals or simply the engagement of ideas with someone of a different world view are still felt each day by those whose path he crossed.

“At Mirador we are inspired each day by the men and women who have made an impact on our world,” said Shay Wallace, director of sales and marketing at Mirador. “Dr. Bird is an extraordinary example of someone who simply lived his life and made an impact everywhere he went. We are honored to have residents like Dr. Bird in our community who inspire and challenge us to be the best we can in everything that we do.”

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