Category: Life at The Fountains

April 26, 2018

New wheels…new possibilities!

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 […]

April 4, 2018

Watermark University – Spring Semester Wrap-Up

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 […]

January 9, 2018

The Fountains at Greenbriar Awarded Best of Senior Living Award for 2018

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, […]

December 19, 2017

Spring 2018 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 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 […]

December 18, 2017

Thriving in Art!

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]