Category: Life at The Fountains

December 5, 2017

Showcase of Talent

We’re thrilled to introduce our 2018 edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. This calendar reminds us that our communities are collective creations of friendly, caring individuals who are generous with their time and talents. Whether expressing their individual creativity through paint, clay, yarn, stone or an outstretched hand, they […]

August 25, 2017

Fall 2017 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 30 different classes with everything from Pen Pal Club to Cooking With Chef to Belly Dancing to Travelogue: Ireland and even Dressing Up Your Greens, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes […]

June 6, 2017

Zoo-rific Fun!

Trams, trains, boats, and ski lifts were our modes of transportation for our safari in Africa and Australia! A group of residents set out on a safari to explore the animals of Africa and Australia. The residents saw a variety of animals such as: lions, cheetahs, giraffes, elephants, hippos, gazelles, wallabies, dingoes, wombats, and koalas […]

May 19, 2017

Mother’s Day Tea Outing

This past weekend a few of our Greenbriar ladies enjoyed a traditional English tea room experience at the Greenwood Antique Mall and Country Tea Room in Greenwood, Missouri. We enjoyed some delicious sandwiches, soups, salads, tea, and of course desserts! Bread pudding and peanut butter and chocolate torte were the dessert hits of the day. […]

May 8, 2017

Pet Therapy is a success!

At The Fountains at Greenbriar we realize how much of a positive impact pets can have on aging adults. It is a great opportunity for emotional bonding and joy to be a pet owner. However, there are sometimes life events that change our ability to care for a pet’s physically demanding needs. At The Fountains […]

April 27, 2017

Summer 2017 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 30 different classes with everything from Wii Gaming to Social Media 101 to Adult Coloring to Chess Club and even Men’s Health, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are for, […]

April 25, 2017

Paper Pollinators Project at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center!

This past Saturday in acknowledgement for Earth Day some of our residents decided to put the “green” in Greenbriar! We ventured out to Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs, Missouri to participate in a fun Earth Day project making paper with recycled paper pulp and sprinkling native wildflower seeds into the paper. Upon […]

March 6, 2017

You can be HIPster at any age!

As part of a fun theme for the month we decided to create an intergenerational opportunity to bend the age spectrum and have a little fun while doing it! As part of our intergenerational opportunity we decided to create an experience that would unify and educate our senior population about the sub-culture of “Hipsters”. Our […]

January 16, 2017

The weather outside is frightful…But Greenbriar is so delightful!

Well it is that time of year when the weather can be unpredictable and precarious, which means that we sometimes have to cancel some of our outdoor activities. However, that by no means stops our residents from having fun…we just get creative in our indoor fun! We have resident Bill Harkins playing impromptu piano concerts, […]

January 3, 2017

Spring 2017 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 40 different classes with everything from Senior Fitness to Pet Therapy to Fun With Fondue to Chess Club and even Acrylic Painting, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are for, and taught […]

December 13, 2016

Views of the Holidays at The Fountains at Greenbriar!

Greenbriar has decked the halls, and we are in full anticipation of the holiday season! Every year we decorate our community with beautiful decorations that bring brightness and glimmers of hope and joy to our Greenbriar family. In many ways the decorations themselves are transcendental of the holiday experience for many of the residents, associates, […]

November 30, 2016

The Greenbriar Hippies!

The residents were very excited to learn from resident Marsha Leizer in her Watermark University Tie Dye Designs, about how to make tie dyed t-shirts! The group learned different folding techniques which created a variety of beautiful designs. Many of the residents received this class so well that we are already looking to have another […]

November 22, 2016

Celebrating Active Aging and the Arts

We’re thrilled to introduce our 2017 edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Complimentary copies of this beautiful, full-color wall calendar are available while they last at every Watermark community. In addition, we hope you’ll enjoy our online gallery featuring all the wonderful submissions we received this year from artists […]

November 11, 2016

Veterans offer life lessons in service, featured in Healthy Aging.

We are thrilled to announce that we have received outstanding national coverage for our Veterans Life Lessons initiative in the Healthy Aging Magazine, published on November 11th, 2016. To read the original article, please click here. Celebrating Our Veterans Around the U.S. Watermark Retirement Communities Shares Vet Words of Wisdom From practical, lifesaving advice, “You […]

October 26, 2016

Pen Pal Program Makes News!

An article was recently featured in The Examiner, written by retired community news reporter Frank Haight Jr. and published on October 21st, 2016. To read the original article, please click here.   Frank Haight: Pen pal program links young and old What do students at Korte Elementary School in western Independence have in common with residents […]

October 12, 2016

Nature Walk!

Another activity that we had to celebrate Active Aging Week was a fun nature walk at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center. The group had a fun time being silly and enjoying nature! As you can see…we enjoyed the great outdoors and it makes us a little goofy!

October 12, 2016

Healthy Eating Picnic!

During the last week of September we always celebrate Active Aging Week at our community. One of the many things that we did this year to celebrate was a healthy eating picnic. This created a fun opportunity to picnic, but be more health conscious with our eating habits. Fresh vegetables and fruits were definitely a […]

September 6, 2016

Fall 2016 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 30 different classes with everything from Wii Bowling to Italy Travelogue to Farm to Table: Apple Pie to Caricature Drawings and even Book Club, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes […]

July 25, 2016

Greenbriar’s Got Talent!

This year at the Resident Art Show we were privileged with the opportunity to showcase our abundant talent at Greenbriar. We had a variety of residents submit pieces of art for the show and many would agree with me in saying, they were all winners to us! Enjoy a view of some of our extraordinary talent […]

June 6, 2016

Singing for a mission!

This past week we were surprised to have a youth ministry group come and sing for us at The Fountains at Greenbriar. The First Baptist Church of Kingfisher Oklahoma always makes a habit to stop at The Fountains when they are in the Kansas City area doing their summer mission trip. This summer they were working for […]

May 20, 2016

Yo-Yo-Yo!

A few weeks ago we were fortunate to have a visiting Dining Service Resource at our community, Pat Caffrey! Pat is a wonderfully talented culinary consultant from our Resource Center in Tucson, Arizona. He has spent his career as a Dining Services Director at The Fountains at La Cholla in Tucson. Since his retirement, he has taken on […]

April 29, 2016

Summer 2016 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 40 different classes with everything from Zumba Gold to Pet Therapy to Friendly Fishing Techniques to Chess For Beginners and even Calligraphy, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are for, […]

April 11, 2016

Easter Egg Hunt at Greebriar!

This year was another wonderful time with family and friends for our Easter egg hunt! This year we had about 37 children present with about 20 families. In total we had a wonderful turn out of 93 Residents/Family/Friends/Guests present for a fun filled afternoon. The success of this wonderful event couldn’t be done without the […]

April 8, 2016

Belton Trip: Tara’s Malt Shop & Belton/Grandview/Kansas City Railroad Co.

Today we took an extraordinary outing with our residents. Traveling 40 miles South of Independence we took a day trip to Belton, Missouri. We enjoyed lunch at Tara’s Café and Malt Shop in historic downtown Belton. After enjoying a delicious lunch of burgers, Rueben’s, onion rings, French fries, malts, shakes, and banana splits (yum) we headed to […]

February 18, 2016

Crafting and Creative Expression

Many of our residents are gifted and talented in the arts. Whether from traditional mediums or experimental mediums they love to create things that speak to the soul! Most recently a resident lead a Watermark University class called Treasure Boxes. This class inspired residents to create beautifully-decorative functional boxes using materials that expressed their inner creativity. […]

January 22, 2016

Tea time… is a fun time!

This semester in our Watermark University program we have a Tea Tasting class every month to educate our residents and associates about the varieties of teas from around the world. This month we covered “white tea” which is the very finest of the early tea crop. This tea is the least processed off all the […]

January 6, 2016

Spring 2016 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 35 different classes with everything from Yoga Stretch to Expressive Painting to Wine and Cheese Tasting to Defensive Driving and even Chess Club, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing […]

January 5, 2016

Happy New Year!

Welcoming new year at The Fountains at Greenbriar means welcoming new opportunities for thriving! This new year make a resolution to join us for a lot of fun and exciting opportunities we offer within our community and in our community at large! We hope that you will take some time to spend with the Greenbriar gang […]

December 16, 2015

Catching Love with Wire & Beads!

Residents enjoyed a recent class called Love Catchers with volunteer Julie Clark, who originally started making these crafts with her mother-in-law (and resident), Pat Westman. The idea behind the love catchers is taken from the Native American design work of Dreamcatchers, but instead of catching dreams, they are a unique self-expressive art form for displaying mementos, pictures, ephemera, […]

December 16, 2015

Celebrating Active Aging and the Arts

We’re thrilled to introduce our 15th edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Complimentary copies of this beautiful, full-color wall calendar are available while they last at every Watermark community. Also, for the first time, we’re pleased to have published an online gallery featuring all the artwork. We’re delighted we […]

November 16, 2015

Happy Veterans Day!

Our gang of veterans enjoyed the royal treatment out and about on Veterans Day. They enjoyed a complimentary meal from 54th Street Bar and Grill, which was a nice opportunity to acknowledge our country’s veterans, as well as many folks in the community personally stopping them to thank them for their service. The gang was […]

November 5, 2015

BBQ Blaze Off 2015!

Celebrating 9 years of delicious barbeque! This year’s Barbeque Blaze-Off & Senior-Q was a wonderful success! We had a total of 28 fun-loving barbeque competitors. Our Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event produced the finest quality Kansas City style barbeque this side of the Missouri River! Competitors created savory meats in four different categories: barbeque brisket, […]

November 5, 2015

Pink Party!

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness in October we celebrated this year by sponsoring a Pink Party for our residents and resident cancer survivors. We had a successful event. Everything was glowing in shades of pink! We had Merle Norman here to demonstrate their beauty products for women currently going through chemotherapy and in need […]

November 4, 2015

What’s been going on…

Dear Readership, It may seem as though we have taken a slight sabbatical from our blogging for you, but the truth of the matter is this…we’ve been having a whole lot of shakin’ goin’ on around here! We’ve been a busy bunch at Greenbriar. We’ve had a Pink Party to honor our breast cancer survivors […]

October 5, 2015

Active Aging: Pool!

Residents participated in Active Aging Week by engaging in a game of “9-Ball” pool. This activity is a great contributor to physical, intellectual, and social wellness! The physical wellness was supported by the participation in the game. Intellectual wellness was stimulated in the problem solving of the game, and of course the social wellness was contributed by […]

October 1, 2015

Active Aging: Wii Bowling!

The Residents at Greenbriar participated in Nintendo Wii bowling this past week as an opportunity to support the dimensions of wellness. This opportunity allows them to engage in a familiar activity without the strain of a bowling ball. The residents thrived with this opportunity to contribute to their physical, intellectual, and social wellness through this […]

July 22, 2015

Science City Adventure!

On Saturday, The Greenbriar Gang took an exploratory trip of intrigue and curiosity to Science City at Union Station. We were amazed at all of the different educational opportunities that were presented to us. We learned about the different properties of water, wind, and gas as well as effects of gravity, inertia, momentum, centripetal/centrifugal forces, and some basic scientific principles […]

July 21, 2015

Watermark Award Ceremony

Every year we are given the opportunity to recognize the multitude of wonderful accomplishments that we make over the course of the year with residents and associates. Associates are asked to nominate fellow associates and residents in a variety of categories for their outstanding achievement and commitment to creating an extraordinary community where people thrive! […]

July 21, 2015

Watermark University is Thriving at The Fountains at Greenbriar!

Watermark University is a program that helps to promote mind and body fitness for life. Here at The Fountains at Greenbriar, we embrace this opportunity to encourage everyone to thrive by teaching their passions, hobbies, and interests. This unique opportunity allows for residents, associates, and volunteers to reciprocate knowledge through an educational experience of shared interests. We believe that everyone has […]

June 8, 2015

Walt Disney Travelogue!

We had a “magical” experience today with our young traveling explorer, Evan Windes! Today he took us on an adventure to the Magical World of Walt Disney! Dressed in character as a pirate, Evan took us on a multimedia presentation to Disney World with pictures, videos, and commentary that had the crowd ready to pack […]

June 8, 2015

Greenbriar’s Got Talent – At The Resident Art Show!

The 2015 Resident Art Show was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the array of talented artists we have living in our community. Ranging from a multitude of different art disciplines, we were treated to a visually stunning presentation of creativity and imagination that wowed the audience with delight! The robust colors and detail kept the […]

June 8, 2015

SURPRISE! Happy Birthday!

Friday afternoons are usually a time for a relaxing social engagement at our Happy Hour. It started like a Friday as any other. Residents were enjoying wine, cocktails, and some delicious philo dough wrapped asparagus. When much to the surprise of resident Richard Kemp, there was something different sitting on the snack bar, a beautiful birthday cake […]

May 21, 2015

Funnies at The Fountains!

At The Fountains at Greenbriar we are never without an abundance of wild life. There are many varieties of birds singing, bunnies frolicking on the lawn, squirrels rustling through the trees, turtles wading by the pond, but every year we have two visitors that come and vacation at The Fountains at Greenbriar for about 3 to 4 months out […]

April 30, 2015

Greenbriar Joyride!

Yesterday, the residents were treated to a fun joyride in a 1903 Ford Model “A”. A friend of the community, Earl Davis, built his replica Ford over a three year period and it has become his labor of love. Nothing brings more joy to Earl than to have his Model “A” enjoyed by others. All […]