The Power of Positivity

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Carlisle Palm Beach resident Myra Goldick embodies the spirit of the Carlisle, with a warm and welcoming smile for everyone she meets, a genuine love for her community, and a desire to help others, especially those in transition. Carlisle Palm Beach Executive Director Chris Kochan notes, “Myra is the perfect example of the Carlisle. The Carlisle isn’t referred to as the Carlisle by Myra, she calls this her home. Myra is the first person who volunteers to help our new residents and make them feel welcome in our community. There hasn’t been a day where Myra hasn’t shown her beautiful smile. Her warm heart and caring sets her worlds apart from others!”

Asked about her habit of making new residents feel right at home, Myra downplays her role and says she’s just doing what was done for her when she came to the Carlisle. Says Myra, “It meant a lot to me to be welcomed to the Carlisle in a time of crisis and stress after my husband passed. I think everyone worries about being accepted as part of a group and this community made me feel comfortable and connected right away. The Carlisle is such an upbeat place to call home!” She loves that the Carlisle team recognizes how important it is to welcome new faces by sharing a meal or inviting someone to join a group, noting that she and the other Community Ambassadors take their roles very seriously simply because they’ve all faced the same challenges each new resident faces.

Myra, a native New Yorker, has made a lifelong habit of looking on the bright side. Her talent for positivity has seen her through a childhood bout with polio, a midlife diagnosis of post-polio syndrome, and three very successful and distinctive careers. When diagnosed with polio at the age of 10, Myra turned to her love of drawing and painting to give her the strength she needed to endure multiple surgeries and rehabilitation. She continued to study art and pursue her passion for creativity throughout school; her innate artistic talent and drive to create won her a full scholarship to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Upon graduation she began work in the cosmetic industry, building a successful career. When she was diagnosed with post-polio syndrome and could no longer travel, Myra went back to school and learned the art of hat design, embarking upon her second career as a milliner. After retirement and a move to Florida in 2003, Myra began her third career as a motivational speaker, disability advocate and author, inspiring others with her creative energy and lessons on gratitude and the power of positivity.

When asked to contribute words of wisdom, Myra shares, “Living a successful, happy life requires one to adopt a sense of gratitude. Remaining thankful helps create a positive attitude. While life often offers great pleasure and joy, at one time or another most of us will encounter adversity and sometimes-great tragedy.  It is wise to remember that within every disappointment there is a lesson to learn as well as a gift. Discover the gift and the healing will begin.” She also notes that gratitude is best shared, saying, “It’s important to cultivate the habit of thankfulness; that’s why I speak so often about the things I’m passionate about. The more we share the power of positivity, the more the mindset is reinforced in ourselves and others.”

The Carlisle Palm Beach is proud that residents like Myra call the community home and proud to help Myra share her words of wisdom. To learn more about what makes this Senior Lifestyle community special, please visit our website at or schedule a visit with a Community Adviser today.

Signature Style: The Sheridan at Chesterfield

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The Sheridan at Chesterfield, a Senior Lifestyle community, provides assisted living and award-winning memory care in an inviting, family-oriented setting, combining the open, airy feel of a modern farmhouse with exceptional amenities and a level of service designed to delight discerning residents. Located just outside of St. Louis, Missouri, this Signature Collection community incorporates a resort-style atmosphere with casual yet elegant design elements. Soft wood tones, painted beaming and rustic light fixtures lend themselves to the graceful feel of the community, but equally important, notes Executive Director Denise Niemann, is the family atmosphere of The Sheridan at Chesterfield. She states, “I am very proud of our talented team and their dedication to our residents. Each staff member plays an important role in exceeding our residents’ expectations every day and developing relationships with family members. Families have trusted us with the care of their loved ones and need to know that we are honored to become an extension of their family.”

Common areas throughout The Sheridan at Chesterfield are flooded with natural light and open to gracious outside living spaces. Comfortable sitting areas encourage conversation while an in-house, state-of-the-art theatre room provides additional entertainment options. Perfect for informal gatherings with family and friends, a multi-purpose lounge with games table graces the 2nd floor. A beautiful spa and wellness area, physical therapy, and fully-outfitted fitness room promote wellness while an art studio encourages creativity.

A stunning dining room invites residents to linger over meals and conversation with natural light from a full wall of windows providing a warm, welcoming space to enjoy fine dining. The Sheridan at Chesterfield delivers a personalized Signature dining experience that serves as an opportunity to socialize with friends and family in a relaxed, elegant atmosphere. Locally sourced fresh ingredients prepared by the Executive Chef and served with attention to detail complete the dining experience.

When memories fade, it’s the moments that matter most, and at The Sheridan at Chesterfield, the focus is on creating meaningful and fulfilling moments for those in need of memory care. For these residents, Senior Lifestyle’s embrace memory care philosophy provides a comprehensive approach to wellness with activity options tailored to their personal interests and abilities. This holistic approach to memory care provides opportunities for memory care residents to build authentic relationships in an environment filled with joy and serenity.


With well-appointed assisted living studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments as well as memory care accommodations, The Sheridan at Chesterfield offers living spaces tailored to the unique needs of each resident in a refined yet relaxed atmosphere. A private town car and shuttle provide transportation for day trips to destinations including shopping and cultural events in the St. Louis area, while full-service concierge services connect residents with entertainment and activities specifically suited to their interests. Executive Director Denise Niemann likens the resident experience at this Signature Collection community to that of the Ritz Carlton hotel’s credo, stating, “The Sheridan experience enlivens the senses, instills well-being, and fulfills even the unexpressed wishes and needs of our residents.” She adds that new residents to the community are welcomed with The Sheridan’s version of a red carpet, in the community’s signature color, Tiffany Blue, with all team members in attendance to greet new arrivals.

Built to serve the community with the feel of a relaxed vacation home, The Sheridan at Chesterfield provides assisted living and memory care options to residents looking to experience the utmost in service and care in a setting offering serenity as well as social opportunities. To learn more about this exceptional senior community, please visit our website at or call 636-614-4657 to schedule a private tour.

March is Red Cross Month

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At Senior Lifestyle, we like to show our appreciation for organizations that provide vital resources and support in the communities we serve. The American Red Cross is one such organization, and since March is Red Cross Month, we’d like to take the opportunity to highlight the goals of this organization as well as the services provided.

The Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton in 1881 and has been dedicated to serving those in need ever since. From providing first aid certification and disaster relief to rendering aid to American service members and families, Red Cross staff and volunteers are active across the United States and abroad. The Mission of the American Red Cross states: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

The organization’s Vision Statement is as follows:

The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that…

…all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope;

…our communities are ready and prepared for disasters;

…everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products;

…all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and

…in an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.

Since the early 1900’s The Red Cross has offered first aid training and other certifications and also developed the first nationwide civilian blood donor program in the 1940’s. The Red Cross responds to roughly 64,000 disasters yearly in the United States and around the world and depends on the American public’s contributions of time, blood and money to continue its services and programs.

We at Senior Lifestyle would like to salute the efforts of the American Red Cross during the month long celebration of the organization, and we encourage you to do the same. Whether donating blood, contributing to the cause or volunteering in the community, your support helps to bring important programs to people in need. To learn more about how our Senior Lifestyle communities celebrate American Red Cross Month and contribute to their local communities, please visit our website at to find a community near you.

North Shore Place: An Experience to Savor

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Guests at North Shore Place, Senior Lifestyle’s premier Chicago-area Assisted Living and Memory Care community, often compare its amenities to those of a luxury hotel. Offering the lifestyle residents desire and the personal care they deserve, seamlessly integrated into an exceptional living experience, this beautiful senior community in Northbrook exceeds expectations from the moment visitors step in the door.

Matthew Dunn, Director of Sales and Marketing for North Shore Place, notes, “We provide a level of sophistication and elegance that is simply unmatched. We are particularly proud of our dining program, an experience that is absolutely exceptional from start to finish.” A dynamic dining experience combining luxury and tradition, the Signature style dining room at North Shore Place rivals any Chicago-area dining establishment, with beautifully presented seasonal cuisine prepared by an Executive Chef, as well as specialties prepared tableside for a truly personalized dining experience. Adds Matthew, “Our dining team takes great pride in tailoring meals to each resident’s personal tastes, making every encounter an event to savor.”

Additionally, North Shore Place features well-appointed gathering areas designed for enjoying life with family and friends, common areas that are anything but common. Games tables, quiet conversation groupings and reading nooks abound in the community, providing the perfect atmosphere for any mood. For enjoyable evenings in, residents in this senior community often start with a luxurious signature treatment in the spa, then visit the beautiful in-house theater, always showing the titles they want to see. Residents and guests can also enjoy cards or billiards, or simply indulge in a quiet moment in the courtyard near the serenity of the pond.

At North Shore Place, the focus is on providing a carefree, worry-free lifestyle for residents to enjoy. Says Matthew, “We offer a variety of very spacious apartment styles and floor plans, which feature full kitchens, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, in-unit washer and dryer, and many more amenities. Routine housekeeping provided by an experienced staff provides residents the freedom to fully explore the carefree lifestyle we offer.”

North Shore Place is not only conveniently located near the Chicago Botanical Gardens and the Ravinia Music Festival, but also in close proximity to the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, providing a chance to explore right outside this senior community’s front door. To learn more about the advantages of life at North Shore Place, visit our website at or call 224-534-6640 to schedule a tour to explore our personalized approach to Assisted Living.


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Morningside House of Friendship is home to a fascinating group of residents, says Director of Sales and Marketing Amanda Fields. She notes, “The diverse backgrounds and life experiences of our residents never cease to amaze me! They’ve done so much, learned so much and seen so much of the world, I love to hear the stories they share.” Amanda shares that one of the most interesting stories she’s heard in the senior community is that of Mrs. C, the “accidental tourist.”

On Sundays after church, Mrs. C and her husband would often take their two daughters to the airport’s observation deck to watch flights arrive and depart. They enjoyed spending time at the airport and the observation deck quickly became a weekly tradition. Little did they know that their little ritual would be the start of a grand adventure! As Mrs. C recalls, “One day while we were watching the planes we saw a sign about a free trip, so we asked about it.” Airlines in the 1970’s were desperate for passengers, as people were nervous about air travel after several highly publicized high-jacking incidents, so certain airlines offered free travel to promote the ease of flying. According to Mrs. C, the only stipulation on travel was that the family had to book and attend a free bus tour at every destination. She shares, “Hotels, food and bus trips were all free, in addition to the free airfare. The only money we spent was on souvenirs!”

When asked about the destinations her family visited using free travel, Mrs. C recalls trips to Disney in both Florida and California, beautiful trips to Ireland as well as St. Petersburg, and Hungary, where she learned that she does NOT like Hungarian goulash. The family visited Switzerland, Austria (twice) and Germany four times because she fell in love with the Christkindlesmarkt, a Christmas market that is held annually in Nuremberg, Germany. Mrs. C also has fond memories of trips to Florence and Venice, where she reports that “every day at 2 pm our ankles got wet!”

Mrs. C feels sure that her family’s trips encouraged others to fly; after each trip she would tell her friends about all the wonderful experiences she and her husband and daughters had, and the friends would, in turn, plan their own trips, although not for free. Mrs. C says that she feels lucky and blessed to have travelled so extensively, all because she asked about a free trip! She’s proud that her daughters were able to experience so much travel at young ages as well. When asked if she’d change anything or pick different destinations, she laughs and says that “another trip to Germany would be lovely!”

Morningside House of Friendship is proud of the amazing stories residents and staff share, as well as the relationships built as people share life stories. Amanda states that the senior community is stronger through diversity and life experiences, and she enjoys welcoming new residents, knowing their story will be another to remember! For more information on Morningside House of Friendship, please visit our website at

Semper Fi

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Cardinal Village resident Dorothy (Peterson) Dinnauer is known for a love for her country and a keen sense of adventure, qualities that have served her well over the years. As a young woman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dorothy was quite athletic, an exceptional swimmer and tennis player, and it’s no surprise to team members at Cardinal Village to hear that Dorothy was still running 5k races well into her 80’s. Says Linda George, Director of Memory Care, “I totally believe it. I would say she’s never stopped!” Dorothy’s caregivers at Cardinal Village agree, noting that as soon as Dorothy finishes breakfast each day, she’s ready for whatever is next. Whether the activity is painting, playing bingo, listening to music, crafting or games, Dorothy is eager to participate.

Dorothy celebrated her 98th birthday at Cardinal Village on November 10th, a birthdate she is proud to share with the United States Marine Corps. Her respect for this branch of service goes well beyond the coincidence of a shared birthdate, however. She says she’s always admired what the Marines represented, noting that “I liked their way of doing business. Everything was on the up and up. You knew what you had to do and what was expected of you.” Angela Carter, Director of Sales and Marketing at Cardinal Village, says that reflects Dorothy’s personality perfectly, noting that Dorothy is always forthright and faithful, qualities Marines are known for.

When the military asked for female recruits during World War II, Dorothy knew immediately that she would volunteer, and unlike most others, she knew which branch she’d join: the Marine Corps, the one she felt she was born to be part of. Says Dorothy, “They said they needed help so I said, ‘I’ll go.’ I really wanted to help the country.” Dorothy recalls the increased sense of purpose that followed the bombing of Pearl Harbor and like many others, she remembers exactly where she was when she heard the news: she was working as a secretary at Northwestern Mutual Insurance. In the aftermath of the attack that happened on December 7th, 1941, she recalls, “Families were broken apart, and people were learning about their loved ones who were gone. There were a bunch of young people who signed up right after that.” Dorothy served in the Signal Battalion from 1943 to 1946, working as a secretary in San Diego and San Francisco, processing paperwork for men returning from service in the Pacific. “They didn’t talk much about what they saw,” she recalls.

After the war, Dorothy returned to Milwaukee where she met her husband John, also a fellow Marine. She recalls that John was too shy to speak to her directly, so he would toss pebbles at her feet as she walked to the bus stop after work. John and Dorothy married and raised three children, passing on Marine Corps values and a “very strong ethical and moral fiber”, says daughter Sue. “We were taught there’s a right way and a wrong way. If you’re going to do something, you do it right or you don’t do it at all.” Retired Marine lieutenant colonel, a friend of Dorothy’s agrees, “When she talks, everybody, regardless of rank, respects her service and commitment and the fact that 70-some years later, she’s still proud she wore the eagle, globe and anchor. She has my total respect and that of so many other Marines.”

Clearly, for Dorothy, the Marine motto Semper Fi (Always Faithful) is more than a phrase, it’s a way of life.

For more information about Cardinal Village, or to schedule a tour, please visit our website at

A ‘Presidential’ Sandwich Shop

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Lunch at Presidential Place, a Senior Lifestyle community in Hollywood, Florida, has become a much-anticipated event, with residents lining up for a buffet-style “sandwich shop” and enjoying hand-crafted creations prepared exactly to their specifications. Like lots of pickles? Light mayo? Spicy mustard? Coming right up! One might wonder what makes these sandwiches so special, and the answer from each resident points overwhelmingly to the service!

Once a month, residents at this senior community are treated to a deli-style lunch served by the Presidential Place management team, with made-to-order sandwiches and sides. Cathleen Pinson, Director of Sales and Marketing for the community, notes, “Deli lunch is always a hit; the residents love it and so do we. It’s fun for us as managers to step away from our desks and we also get to custom create our own sandwiches and dine with the residents!”

Team members at Presidential Place enjoy the chance to share a meal with residents and love the opportunity for engagement in a relaxed setting, and residents agree wholeheartedly. Says resident Pauline, “It’s a bright, joyful change!” Resident Nancie agrees, “It’s wonderful!” Staff members call the monthly event “a fun and interactive time for residents and staff, something we hope to continue for a long time”.

Presidential Place, tucked away on a quiet residential street, offers a warm, inviting atmosphere that feels like home from the moment guests step through the front porch entrance, but the feature that makes this senior community truly unique is the relationship between residents and staff! For more information about this Senior Lifestyle community, or to schedule a tour, please visit our website at

There’s Snow Place Like Home

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There’s an art project of epic proportions in the works at Lake Barrington Woods, one that sprang from the generosity of a local resident. Lake Barrington Woods Director of Resident Programming Mirka Biegunska shares, “In the beginning of the year I got a phone call from a resident of Lake Barrington wanting to donate snow village figurines. When I went to pick them up I found out they had 10 HUGE containers full of snow village pieces, a total of about 200 pieces! The pieces had been collected over a lifetime but had never been displayed all together.” Although she wasn’t quite sure how to manage the display of the items, Mirka knew that with the creative residents and staff at Lake Barrington Woods, they’d come up with something. And WOW, did they ever!

Mirka took the Lake Barrington Woods bus to pick up all the snow village pieces (all 10 containers!) and brought them back to an excited group of residents and staff. Knowing that buying display tables to house the collection would cost a lot more than they wanted to spend, they came up with a plan to build their own tables using boxes from the kitchen, newspaper, tape, glue and paint. Construction on the tables (which are a total of 24 feet long) began in early September,  the project should be complete right after Thanksgiving, and the masterpiece will be ready to display at an upcoming holiday open house event at Lake Barrington Woods in December. Says residents Julie Roels, “It is amazing what we all came up with. It is truly a piece of art. I’m so happy I was able to be a part of this project and can’t wait to see when it’s all done. I just come here sometimes and sit and think ‘what an amazing and beautiful piece of art’!”

Mirka also notes, “A lot of residents were involved in this process, some by collecting newspapers, some with painting and some with putting on final touches. We started this project in the beginning of September and a lot of labor, a lot of glue, tape, newspapers, paint, sore fingers, and stains on clothes made the process even more fun.” Resident Jean Warren chimes in, “I got paint on my shoes but who cares, it was all worth it! It looks amazing already! I can’t wait to show it to my family when it’s all assembled.”

Lake Barrington Woods residents and staff would like to welcome the local community to come and view their beautiful snow village art project. Says Mirka, “We’d like to give back to the community for this wonderful donation, so we are hosting a holiday open house on December 16th where our friends can visit, enjoy holiday cheer, music, cookies, and hot cocoa while they admire the masterpiece of our snow village!” The event at Lake Barrington Woods will be from 1:30 to 3:30pm on December 16th, with the official unveiling of the snow village at 2pm. Join Lake Barrington Woods in celebrating the holidays and be sure to bring your cameras and snap a photo with Santa Claus during your visit! For more information on this event, please call Lake Barrington Woods at 224-633-2318.

Variety is the Spice of Life

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William Cowper once said, “Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavor.” At Heritage of Peachtree in Fayette County, Georgia, they’ve clearly taken Mr. Cowper’s words to heart. This beautiful senior community fills each day with activities designed to engage residents of all interests and skill levels, a feat Program Director Angela Henrick says is easy with residents who love to be challenged and try new things. She notes, “Anything I suggest, they are excited to try! We’ve also had a lot of fun activities and events that grew out of a simple suggestion from a resident. I love that we can do so many different things in a short time-span, from putting together an Art Gallery of resident and team members’ works, to hosting a Camping Day with S’mores and singalongs.”

Art galleries and showings often conjure up images of people in fancy clothing admiring works of art that might look (to the casual observer) more like toddler squiggles and random shapes, but not at Heritage of Peachtree. Residents and team members of the senior community submitted works of art as varied as their personalities, from treasured tea sets to one-of-a-kind line drawings of familiar settings, birds and flowers. The Art Gallery at Heritage of Peachtree was a wonderful experience for artists and art appreciators alike, with refreshments provided and plenty of commentary from those whose works were on display!

Camping Day at Heritage of Peachtree dawned slightly overcast, but that didn’t deter the campers, an intrepid group who had looked forward to telling and hearing ghost stories all week. Come rain or shine, camping was happening! Coleman lanterns were set up, a cheery “campfire” was burning, and the library was the perfect campsite, one without bugs or inclement weather. Program Director Angela Henrick notes, “I think everyone’s favorite part was the ghost stories and hot chocolate; however, the sing along was very much loved as well! We will have a Pajama Day in November, so there’s another chance to share stories and singalongs and enjoy hot chocolate and S’mores.

Angela shares, “We also have an ‘Act of Kindness’ activity planned throughout November where we’ll make crafts—one to keep and one to share. We’re making birthday cards for a gentleman in a sister community who will be turning 100 as well.” Says Angela, “Being around our residents fills me with joy every day. I smile coming to work and smile each day when I leave just thinking about how lucky I am to work here with them.”

Built as the first senior community in Fayette County in 1995, Senior Lifestyle community Heritage of Peachtree provides care from Independent Living to levels that include all facets of Assisted Living, respecting each resident’s individuality and preferences. For more information on this community or a Senior Lifestyle community near you, please visit our website at

State Fair Royalty

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Step inside the doors of The Reserve at North Dallas and Wanda (“Fernie”) Winter, the unofficial ambassador for this beautiful Senior Lifestyle community, may well be the first person to greet you. After just a few moments with Fernie, you’ll know you’re in the presence of royalty. 91 year-old Fernie, affectionately referred to as “The Queen” by her four daughters, is actually descended from royalty, but that’s not really her claim to fame. Her celebrity, like most things in Texas, is bigger than that; Fernie is known as the visionary who brought funnel cakes to the Texas State Fair.

According to the Texas State Historical Association, the Texas State Fair’s history reaches back to 1886, when a group of businessmen from the Dallas area chartered a private corporation. The fair officially opened in October of that year. In the early years, cattle sales, displays of farm machinery, and balloon ascents were highlights of the fair, as well as concerts and appearances by such celebrities as John Philip Sousa and Carry Nation. Prizes were also awarded for excellence in baking, preserving and needlework. In 1953, “Big Tex”, a 52 foot tall cowboy, took up residence in the center of the fairgrounds, overlooking guests and attractions.

Fern made her first official appearance at the Texas State Fair in 1969 when she and her husband took on work cooking at the fair to raise a little extra cash for a vacation fund. She had no intention of making it a habit, but she was hooked, and over the years her restaurant, “Doc’s” has become a staple at the fair. In 1980, after a visit to Branson, Missouri, Fern introduced funnel cakes to the Texas State Fair, and Fernie’s Funnel Cakes were an instant hit. Over the years, deep-fried goodies at Doc’s have won numerous awards at the fair, increasing Fern’s royal reputation. Fern still reigns, greeting patrons who come back annually to enjoy the food and the atmosphere. She runs the show, and her four daughters carry on the tradition.

In honor of the Texas State Fair as well as celebrity-in-residence Fern, the Reserve at North Dallas celebrated a Taste of the Texas State Fair last week with corn dogs, deep-fried brownie bites, and of course, funnel cakes. Sales Director Kris Raab notes, “Our culinary team is so great to work with; they re-created amazing “fair food” and it was a big hit!” Residents and team members also took a day trip to the Texas State Fair to enjoy all the sights and sounds of the fair in person on Friday, returning with tales of amazing food and attractions. Many are already looking forward to next year’s fair experience, sure to be bigger and better! To learn more about the activities at The Reserve at North Dallas, or to schedule a tour of this beautiful community, please visit our website at