Hello Family, Friends, and Greenbriar Fans! We would like to let you know that our June 2018 Newsletter and Calendar is now available to view in PDF on the Greenbriar web page. Take a moment to peak inside and see what kind of fun summer happenings we have going on. We are featuring two day […]
Category: Life at The Fountains
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 Pet Therapy to Quad Squad to Jazzed Jewels to Chess Basics and even Mixed Media Art, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are for, […]
The Fountains at Greenbriar just recently purchased a new van for our community. This wasn't just an ordinary purchase, but one that opens opportunities for our residents. This 2018 Ford Transit Van is equipped with a cabin-wide floor mounted interlocking seat system that allows for seats to be removed...or added to accommodate a variety of […]
Take a look inside and see what is happening at The Fountains at Greenbriar in May. There are many interesting opportunities that are sure to pique your interest. Mark you calendar to join us on our next big outing or drop by the community and catch class. While you're here, why not stay for a […]
One of the ways Tina Dietz, Executive Director thrives, is through Watermark University. This semester she was able to share her knowledge and interest in the healing power of Essential Oils. But, she has to confess that she learned a great deal from the residents who attended the course. In May we will begin a new semester full of exciting offerings and we […]
Many of the residents at The Fountains at Greenbriar are huge fans of the KC Royals. What better way to celebrate opening day than our own version of the traditional tailgate party.
Our April 2018 Newsletter and Calendar are in for you to take a sneak peek at. Take a moment to browse all of the fun things going on in April that you can start saving the date for now. Join us on a weekend outing or stop in to the community and join in on […]
Take a peak at the array of happenings and outings going on at Greenbriar this month. We hope that you will set aside some time to join us on a fun day outing or take the opportunity to learn something new with Watermark University. Over 350 opportunities await you in March at The Fountains at […]
Every month we offer a Pet Therapy class with a visiting volunteer, Vanessa Barrett, who brings her lovable and adorable dog, Jack! Jack brings a spark of unconditional love to all he meets. He wants nothing more to be petted and loved...which is quite easy to do. A great friendship has developed between this furry […]
We invite you to take a peek inside and explore all of the wonderful things we have going on at The Fountains at Greenbriar and in our community abroad. There are many interesting and engaging happenings taking place in February so don't miss out on this opportunity to come thrive with us! We hope to […]
Last week the Greenbriar Gang headed out for a day of "big-kid" frills and fun! We started off at Fritz's Union Station Restaurant where we ordered up a delicious fare of hamburgers, fries, and shakes all delivered to us via the Fritz Express! If you have never had your food delivered by a train straight […]
The Fountains at Greenbriar kicked off the New Year with some exciting news. We were awarded a Best of Senior Living Award for 2018 by SeniorAdvisor.com, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America and Canada. According to SeniorAdvisor.com, recipients represent “the best of the best” of in-home care, […]
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 Navigating Nintendo Wii to Messages From Messiah to Coffee Coozies to Fondue 101 and even Essential Oil Benefits, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes […]
Town Center resident, Gisela Voyez, has been selected from hundreds of artists around the U.S. to be featured in Expressions 2018, a full-color wall calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. The inspiring calendar, now in its 18th edition, showcases paintings, sculptures, quilts, ceramics and other creations submitted by artists, both amateur and professional, who […]
Take a moment to look over all of the wonderful happenings and programs that we have planned for you! Pick a few of your personal favorites and join in on the fun at The Fountains at Greenbriar in January. We hope to see you out and about with us!
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 […]
This year we ventured outside for a very special Greenbriar tradition! Where our prominent fountain once stood before its recent retirement, we decided to share our Christmas joy with the community by bringing our long standing lobby Christmas tree tradition outside for all to enjoy and see! This opportunity has become a great way for […]
Every year, The Fountains at Greenbriar has a story book character theme candy safe house for the resident's grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Our past themes have ranged from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory to The Giving Tree in which we celebrated and the beloved works of children's authors Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein. This year we […]
Join us at The Fountains at Greenbriar for the holidays. We have an assortment of holiday outings and engaging activities to enjoy with your Greenbriar family and friends. Make sure to save the date so you don't miss out on any of the fun. We hope to see you out and about with us. Have […]
Get a sneak peek at a plethora of activities, outings and happenings going on in at The Fountains at Canterbury and the community at large! Plan some time this November to venture out with the Greenbriar gang and enjoy an outing or two! We'll see you soon.
Lately the Greenbriar gang has been enjoying the great outdoors and exploring some of the fun and playful things that nature offers for the explorer at heart. In light of the International Council of Active Aging's Active Aging Week (September 24th - 30th, 2017), The Fountains at Greenbriar participated, as they do every year, with […]
Our Navigating Nature class just recently took a trip out to the Burr Oak Nature Center in Blue Springs, Missouri to incorporate some class knowledge out in the field. This month we had the overall theme of "Identification", where we learned about identifying insects, birds, and tree leaves. The rhythm of our class goes like […]
Take a sneak peek into this coming month's activities and outings. Circle some of your favorites and plan to join us on a fun outing, in a Watermark University class, or a variety of exciting happenings taking place this month. We hope to see you out and about with us!
Earlier in the month we took a trip to the World War I Museum and Liberty Tower sitting atop the hill overlooking historic Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri. We toured the museum and saw many artifacts, films, and interactive museum features. However, the trip to Liberty Tower topped our outing with a cherry on […]
Are you mystified by all the confusing labels, terms and abbreviations used by healthcare professionals, government agencies and senior housing professionals? There are so many that we could fill a book. In fact, we did. We at Watermark Retirement Communities® created the Senior Reference Guide 10 years ago to help dispel myths and clarify facts. […]
Take a peek at what we have in store for this month at The Fountains at Greenbriar. We will be exploring an interactive science museum, traveling in time to the Italian Renaissance, and learning about life in a post colonial fort outpost. Please plan your calendars to join us in an adventurous good time this […]
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 […]
In preparation of the big event coming this Monday August 21st we tried out some of our solar eclipse glasses to practice safely looking at the sun. The residents are most excited to participate in this event and many have fondly recalled past partial eclipses, but many of them are experiencing a total eclipse for […]
Last week, the Greenbriar gang enjoyed a day of fun in the sun at our Family Fun Day. We took advantage of the gorgeous weather to celebrate family and friends the best way we could think of...a carnival and picnic! We celebrated with an array of lawn games from basketball, lawn darts, horse shoes, corn […]
Welcome to August at The Fountains! I bet you can't wait to take a peek inside the newest Thrive Newsletter & Calendar. We can't say we blame you because we have some fun summer happenings going on. If you are interested in hanging out with your Greenbriar family and friends, then take a look, mark […]
Come take a peek inside to see all of the wonderful happenings that are in store for this July. We will be venturing out to see mummies of the world, visit a car museum, and explore indoor sky-diving...just to name a few things! Make sure to mark your calendar and join in on our summer […]
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 […]
In May, we concluded our wonderful month with a dance and a festive spring flowers theme! Keeping in step with this theme was one of our residents that dressed the part, Dorothy Erickson! Adorned in her flower dress and flower crown she was dancing up a storm that could have summoned a springtime shower itself, […]
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. […]
Take a peek inside and mark your calendars to join us for some fun and adventurous outings this month! We hope to see you out and about with the Greenbriar gang! See you soon!
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
Our Business Office Associate, Jill Hunt, is a connoisseur of all things melted and dipped! Her Fondue Cooking Demonstration class is always a hit with the residents. This time she tantalized our taste buds with two new recipes. Her first being a beer/cheese fondue that features a delicious smoked gouda and a stout beer. She […]
Every year the residents are longingly awaiting for the beautiful tulips, irises, and lilies to come into bloom around the community...and the time is here! It is always a rewarding experience to observe and appreciate the natural wonders around us as the seasons change. Besides, who doesn't enjoy some beautiful flowers!
Take a sneak peek inside and see all of the fun and adventurous activities and outings going on in May. Mark your calendar and plan to join us for a few activities or outings, you'll be glad you did! An adventure is awaiting at the Zoo in May! Don't miss out!
The Greenbriar gang ventured out to Kansas City's best craft brewery, Boulevard Brewing Company! The crew had a fun time at Boulevard's latest addition, The Beer Hall...which serves a variety of delicious edibles and of course a plethora of beer options on tap. There were some specialty blends that the gang got to try that […]
Come take a peek at all of the fun and exciting things we have going on in April! Make sure to highlight your favorite events, outings, and activities so that you can join the Greenbriar Gang for some spring fun and sun! Don't miss out on this opportunity to thrive with us this month!
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 […]
Come spring into March with us for a fun variety of happenings and outings at The Fountains at Greenbriar! Take a peek at our newsletter and calendar so you can stay in the loop about all of the wonderful things we have in store for March! Don't let spring breeze by you without taking the […]
Take a peek inside all of the fun and unique outings that we have in store for February 2017! You will find a variety of Watermark University classes, unique extraordinary outings, and tons of happenings that are sure to pique your interest. Make sure to mark your calendar and join in on all of the […]
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, […]
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 […]
Come check out all of the many wonderful things we have going on in January. Set some dates and join us for an activity, outing, or any variety of happenings going on in January. We are very excited about the extraordinary outings that we have in store! We hope to see you out and about […]
Last of our pictures... Enjoy! :)
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Take a sneak peek inside to see all of the wonderful things we have going on at The Fountains at Greenbriar in December. Get caught up on all of the wonderful happenings and offerings that are in store for December. Make sure to mark your calendars and join us for an outing, activity, or many […]
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 […]
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 […]
We were voted Reader’s Choice Best Senior Living by The Examiner’s Best of Eastern Jackson County 2016.
Join us in November for a fun-filled month of activities and happenings at the community and abroad. Take a look at the newsletter and mark your calendar to join the Greenbriar family in on the fun! We'll see you at Greenbriar soon!
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!
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 […]
Come check out and see what we have in store for October's outings and activities! Make sure to plan a date to hang out with your Greenbriar family!
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 […]
Take a peek at what is waiting inside for you to do this month! Come join us for an outing, activity or class. We'll see you soon!
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 […]
Take a sneak peek at all of the wonderful things that we have going on at The Fountains at Greenbriar. Circle some fun outings/activities/opportunities on your calendar and make a plan to spend some time with us in August for all of the amazing and exciting happenings! Here's your opportunity to come thrive with us! […]
Come check out this months newsletter and calendar and peruse all of the wonderful things that we have going on in the community! We will be exploring many wonderful museums this month with a few to include the Battle of Wesport Museum at Swope Park and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to see the exhibit: […]
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 […]
This is our first time celebrating the Red Nose Day at The Fountains at Greenbriar. This year we were able to raise a little over $100 through our red nose purchases from our local Walgreens. The proceeds go to the Comic Relief program that help to support children living in poverty in the United States and abroad. At […]
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 […]
The school year is quickly approaching its end for this year and that means that we get to have one last final hoorah with the children from Nativity of Mary School. Every month during the annual school year, the children come out and visit with the residents to share an activity, build a craft, and […]
Get it hot off the press! June 2016 Newsletter and Calendar is in and you can download your copy here. Make sure to peruse this issue and plan on attending some fun activities and outings with your Greenbriar Gang! Come thrive with us in June!
Hello Greenbriar Friends and Fellow Bloggers, If it seems as though we have taken a hiatus from posting it has been because we've been a very busy bunch around Greenbriar lately. There are a lot of posts coming your way in a jiffy! So stay tuned to see some of the wonderful things that we have been doing at Greenbriar and abroad! This […]
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, […]
Hot off the press! Make sure to take a moment to peruse the wonderful things that we have going on at Greenbriar. Also, make sure to save some dates and come thrive with your Greenbriar family!
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 […]
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 […]
Take a look inside and see what wonderful things we have going on at Greenbriar! Make sure to join us for an activity or outing too!
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. […]
Take a look at all of the wonderful things going on in our community! Have fun with us! :)
For the past 9 years residents at The Fountains at Greenbriar have lead a daily exercise program called, Huff and Puff! This chair aerobics and calisthenics exercise class has had much success in our 9 years, but now more than ever it is getting a great resurgence! Our Huff and Puff class is now holding morning classes […]
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 […]
Despite the upset against the New England Patriots, the residents are supporting our Kansas City Chiefs loud and proud! For a moment we had our sights set on a magnificent year with the Royals winning the World Series and the prospects of having the Chiefs in the playoffs...and dare I say hopes of a Super […]
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 […]
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 […]
Check out this electronic version of our monthly newsletter and calendar. It is busting at the seams with things to do! Join in on our fun at Greenbriar!
On Saturday, December 5th a group of residents headed to Grace Holy Trinity Cathedral to see a spectacular puppet performance of The Nativity. The Paul Mesner Puppets brilliantly created characters that were so whimsical and creative that it felt like we were seeing Jim Hensen at work. The beautiful vocal artist and ensemble performed a […]
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, […]
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 […]
Our December 2015 Newsletter and Calendar is now available for you to download and print at your convenience. Come check out all of the wonderful things that we have going on in our community, and stay tuned for some additional things to come! Happy Holidays!
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 […]
Oompa loompa doopidy-doo...I've got another story for you! Every year we host a candy safe house for resident's and associate's families, as well as for the community at large. Each year kids come and go after collecting their candy, but they don't really stick around very long to spend time with their grandparents. In the past we […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
November's dates are in! Make sure you take a peek so you don't miss out on any of the fun!
Hello Readership! I've gotten a little behind on my posts because we've been having a lot of fun things going on in the community, but I will be filling you in shortly with a lot of updates. As part of Active Aging Week we had a lot of participating classes, and one of them that was […]
Last week we celebrated Active Aging Week at our community and as part of that week we had a variety of offerings that will promote a healthy aging lifestyle, and many of those offering are already integral parts to our activity programming. In addition to the norm, we had a nature walk at Burr Oaks […]
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 […]