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ClareOaks SENIOR LIVING A smile proved just the ticket to traveling the world Tom McGuire and Karen Extrom each had traveled extensively before they met in December 2015. Since then, they've traveled as a couple to places as far-flung as Budapest, the Dominican Republic, Los Angeles and Cancun-and as nearby as Door County, Wise. But thanks to their separate decisions to choose Clare Oaks' active lifestyle, a much shorter journey-an elevator ride at Clare Oaks, the continuing care retirement community in Bartlett-brought them together in the first place. When he noticed Karen waiting for the elevator, Tom asked her if she might be attending the New Year's Eve party at Clare Oaks the following week. And when he learned that she'd be there, Tom decided that he would attend, too; moreover, he promised himself he would ask her to dance. And he did. Clare Oaks residents Tom McGuire and Karen Extrom After all, what better place to meet someone at a similar stage of life, who shares generational interests and preferences, than the community of like-minded adults that you have chosen for yourself? "She had a great smile," remembers Tom, who had previously lived at Sun City in nearby Huntley. "Tom treats me like a queen," adds Karen, a former Schaumburg resident who has kept that smile. globetrotters. Now, they map out plans to travel frequently," adds Holzer. "I believe their enthusiasm for sharing new experiences not only enriches their relationship but also makes life more interesting for their neighbors when they return from an expedition with many stories about faraway places," she explains, According to Holzer, travel is much easier for Clare Oaks residents because they need only notify the concierge of their plans and then just close their front door. They don't have to worry about notifying the post office or finding someone to take care of plants. The staff at Clare Oaks makes sure everything in their They've been "an item" ever since, a development that greatly pleases their Clare Oaks friends and more important-because both are quite family-oriented-their nine adult apartments is ready for a relaxing return home. children. (Tom has six and Karen has three.) The kids are quite happy that their parents have found each other at this time in their lives, say Tom and Karen. Each of their broods has welcomed the other into what has become About Clare Oaks Since 2008, Clare Oaks provides independent living apartments and cottages as well as a continuum of care for nearly 300 residents on its 41-acre campus. Lifestyle and healthcare programs include independent living, a truly extended family, spending holidays together whenever possible. "Because our residents often feel as if they're assisted living, memory support, short-term embarking on a new phase in their life, they become more open to making new friends. That's why we offer a variety of activities and programs as an easy and comfortable way to meet fellow-residents who share common interests," says Tammy Holzer, Clare Oaks' director of community life. "While I cannot take credit for Karen's marvelous smile, I can point to our very popular New Year's Eve festivities as the perfect "excuse' for Tom to get to know her. That first encounter in 2015 was just the beginning. They soon discovered their shared history as rehabilitation and long-term care. Clare Oaks boasts a five-star rating, the highest for skilled nursing and short-term rehab, from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In both 2018/19 and 2019/20, US News & World Report awarded Clare Oaks a high-performance ranking for Short-Term Stay Rehab. For more information about Clare Oaks, 825 Carillon Drive, Bartlett, Il., call 630- 372-1983 or visit ClareOaks.org. ClareOaks SENIOR LIVING A smile proved just the ticket to traveling the world Tom McGuire and Karen Extrom each had traveled extensively before they met in December 2015. Since then, they've traveled as a couple to places as far-flung as Budapest, the Dominican Republic, Los Angeles and Cancun-and as nearby as Door County, Wise. But thanks to their separate decisions to choose Clare Oaks' active lifestyle, a much shorter journey-an elevator ride at Clare Oaks, the continuing care retirement community in Bartlett-brought them together in the first place. When he noticed Karen waiting for the elevator, Tom asked her if she might be attending the New Year's Eve party at Clare Oaks the following week. And when he learned that she'd be there, Tom decided that he would attend, too; moreover, he promised himself he would ask her to dance. And he did. Clare Oaks residents Tom McGuire and Karen Extrom After all, what better place to meet someone at a similar stage of life, who shares generational interests and preferences, than the community of like-minded adults that you have chosen for yourself? "She had a great smile," remembers Tom, who had previously lived at Sun City in nearby Huntley. "Tom treats me like a queen," adds Karen, a former Schaumburg resident who has kept that smile. globetrotters. Now, they map out plans to travel frequently," adds Holzer. "I believe their enthusiasm for sharing new experiences not only enriches their relationship but also makes life more interesting for their neighbors when they return from an expedition with many stories about faraway places," she explains, According to Holzer, travel is much easier for Clare Oaks residents because they need only notify the concierge of their plans and then just close their front door. They don't have to worry about notifying the post office or finding someone to take care of plants. The staff at Clare Oaks makes sure everything in their They've been "an item" ever since, a development that greatly pleases their Clare Oaks friends and more important-because both are quite family-oriented-their nine adult apartments is ready for a relaxing return home. children. (Tom has six and Karen has three.) The kids are quite happy that their parents have found each other at this time in their lives, say Tom and Karen. Each of their broods has welcomed the other into what has become About Clare Oaks Since 2008, Clare Oaks provides independent living apartments and cottages as well as a continuum of care for nearly 300 residents on its 41-acre campus. Lifestyle and healthcare programs include independent living, a truly extended family, spending holidays together whenever possible. "Because our residents often feel as if they're assisted living, memory support, short-term embarking on a new phase in their life, they become more open to making new friends. That's why we offer a variety of activities and programs as an easy and comfortable way to meet fellow-residents who share common interests," says Tammy Holzer, Clare Oaks' director of community life. "While I cannot take credit for Karen's marvelous smile, I can point to our very popular New Year's Eve festivities as the perfect "excuse' for Tom to get to know her. That first encounter in 2015 was just the beginning. They soon discovered their shared history as rehabilitation and long-term care. Clare Oaks boasts a five-star rating, the highest for skilled nursing and short-term rehab, from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In both 2018/19 and 2019/20, US News & World Report awarded Clare Oaks a high-performance ranking for Short-Term Stay Rehab. For more information about Clare Oaks, 825 Carillon Drive, Bartlett, Il., call 630- 372-1983 or visit ClareOaks.org.