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Behold the Power of Wood

October 1, 2018

It was about a year ago that a group of senior living residents with a flair for saws and planers made their way back into the woodshop. At The Barrington of Carmel, they’ve got all they need to continue the craft they’ve now got time to perfect. Make no mistake, these seniors are doing it all – for their neighbors.

From creating wooden race cars to mark the Indianapolis 500 to wooden holiday ornaments, the crew can always be found spraying sawdust in the shop, helping to beautify the community. They also repair residents’ furniture – free of charge.

The shop is loaded – a table saw, drill press, bandsaw, planers, jointer cables and more – with everything the group could need to hone their skills. While many retirement communities offer opportunities in woodworking, our shop is a cut above.

The shop is also an important tool in promoting socialization and intellectual stimulation. Studies have shown that remaining active and social can play a role in aging well. It’s those connections, both inside and outside the community, that help residents of The Barrington thrive. It’s also part of the community’s larger commitment to Masterpiece Living, which promotes and encourages successful aging.

Also covered in The Hamilton County Reporter, here

Watch coverage by WRTV, here

Carmel Artist Finds Recognition, Colorful Way to Combat Ageism

August 7, 2018

Karen Tobias has always had an interest in art and has continued to pursue her passion into her retirement years. The Carmel watercolorist has now earned the interest of her peers, as one of her paintings has been selected by the Watercolor Society of Indiana to be displayed at Newfields Museum in Indianapolis beginning August 5.

Her fellow residents at The Barrington of Carmel, an area senior living community, say they couldn’t be prouder. 

“Karen’s art is an inspiration to us all, and this honor speaks to the fact that we’re never too old to follow our dreams,” said Jesse Sias, our executive director. “She truly represents the active, vibrant senior who makes The Barrington a special community.”

Also covered in The Hamilton County Reporter, here.

Also covered in Current in Carmel, here. 

Pianos Duel, Love Reigns as Carmel Retirement Community Plans Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Awareness

June 27, 2018

When it comes to raising money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association, perhaps no day is more significant that The Longest Day, which occurs every June in conjunction with the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. The day, marked by people across the nation, is centered around finding creative, fun ways to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s research.

Last year, The Longest Day event raised over $7,000 at The Barrington. This year, June 21 will be a day of love, awareness and dueling pianos. 

“Together with our Glee Club, we’ve put together a day of awareness and fundraising that will raise money for this cause that’s so close to all our hearts,” said Executive Director Jesse Sias. “We’re all excited for the culmination of the day – a dueling pianos cocktail party!”

Read more about this in The Times

The Barrington Residents Team Up, Get Moving for National Senior Health and Fitness Day

May 21, 2018

May 30 is National Senior Health and Fitness Day, but at The Barrington, residents say that’s every day. The Barrington is home to the “Race to Wellness,” which is part of a partnership with Masterpiece Living®.

“We’re an active bunch,” said resident Sam Preissler, one of the coaches. “The goal is to build new habits that lead to wellness and further the active lifestyles we all lead.” All month, teams are competing in events at and away from the community, including lawn darts to bocce, and even a visit to Topgolf and a local bowling alley.

Read more about this in The Times and Hamilton County Report.

The Goal of Local Seniors During Parkinson’s Awareness Month? Climb Higher.

May 10, 2018

Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s each year. The words, “You have Parkinson’s disease” are among those none of us wish to hear. Those in the aftermath of a diagnosis, however, have found hope at The Barrington.  

The Barrington of Carmel, in partnership with the Indiana Parkinson Foundation, offers a program known as “The CLIMB” twice-a-week, available to residents and non-residents alike. The CLIMB is a research-based exercise program that focuses on the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of battling the disease.

The CLIMB offers everything from weight training and posture therapy to yoga and speech therapy - a true balance of activities.

Barrington resident, Larry Smith attends regularly with his wife, Earletta, who has Parkinson’s.

“I can’t say enough about how this has benefitted her,” he said. “She takes medication as well, of course, but there’s something about The CLIMB that’s more than medicine. It’s a wonderful outlet for those who are living with Parkinson’s.”

Read more about this story featured in Indianapolis Patch

Residents Lead Workshop Demonstration

September 27, 2017

The Barrington is full of a variety of people with wide skill sets. Residents who run the workshop located on The Barrington campus held a demonstration to roughly 50 attending residents, showcasing their handywork and skills! 

The Barrington Takes Part in Olympics

September 11, 2017

On Friday September 8, residents and spectators gathered in the front lawn to participate in lawn darts as part of The Barrington Olympics. Residents competed against one another to take the gold! 

Senior Living Community Hosts Pet Supply Drive for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

September 6, 2017

The Barrington of Carmel is lending a helping hand to some of the most vulnerable residents affected by Hurricane Harvey: pets. The senior living community is hosting a pet supply drive to benefit the SPCA of Texas, which has taken in hundreds of evacuated animals from Corpus Christi, Houston and Beaumont, Texas. From September 1 until September 30, the public is invited to drop off donations at The Barrington of Carmel art studio located at 1355 South Guilford Road. Donations needed for both dogs and cats include dry pet food, canned food, cat litter, toys, leashes and gift cards to pet stores. The community understands organizations like the SPCA of Texas run on donations from the public, and they wanted to give back during this difficult time.

“It is heartbreaking to see all the rescued animals that families had to leave behind,” said Jesse Sias, executive director. “Pets are great companions for people of all ages, and we want to make sure they are well taken care of during this time of transition. Our community has a connection to Texas. Not only is our corporate office headquartered in Texas, we also have five sister communities throughout the state. When we were thinking about how to help, animals came to mind almost immediately. I know the city of Carmel and surrounding areas will step up and help us send hundreds of donations to the south. We hope to make this a successful fundraiser and show the Gulf Coast they are not alone during this disaster.”

Hurricane Harvey is the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005. The Category 4 storm first made landfall on August 25 in Rockport, Texas at peak intensity. The storm headed up the coast dropping over 40 inches of rain in the Houston area then traveled east, dropping another 30 inches in the Beaumont- Port Arthur metropolitan area. Hurricanes and tropical storms can be traumatic events for everyone involved, including pets. During this disaster, the SPCA of Texas has put every available resource behind assisting pets and people who have evacuated the Gulf Coast.

“The SPCA of Texas is a wonderful organization that provides disaster relief to pets affected by this storm,” said Nikki Meeker, senior living coordinator. “These volunteers have hearts of gold, and we hope to make their jobs a little easier by collecting items and having them sent to Texas. When you adopt you not only rescue that animal, but you make room in the shelter to give other animals a second chance at life. That’s exactly what this organization is doing for the animals they have rescued during Hurricane Harvey.”