Category: Life at The Fountains

April 10, 2019

April is Volunteerism Month!

April is National Volunteer Week, and we’d love to have you celebrate with us. Come join us in our community to volunteer with residents, or get involved in a local project with family and friends. You’ll be doing your part to help others–and yourself! Volunteering is great for your mental and physical health and can […]

February 20, 2019

Sewing with a mission!

Since the early 2000's, our Greenbriar Sewing Club has been sewing handmade teddy bears for local area children's hospitals and for various children with disabilities organizations all over the world. The group is happy to announce a milestone for the group; 10,000 bears and beyond! The group is proud to say that in about the […]

February 18, 2019

Read Across America Day – In Honor of Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel

Oh, the places you’ll go! Join us Saturday, March 2 as Watermark celebrates Read Across America Day and the birthday of Dr. Seuss. We have fun activities planned for readers of all ages. Whether you love to read a funny story to preschoolers or prefer discussing the latest novel with other adults, there’s a way […]

February 13, 2019

Greenbriar Shares Love with Independence’s Finest!

Today we visited the Independence Police Department to extend a special thanks and share some love with our city police department for Valentine's Day. Last week we made some hand crafted cards to remind them that their Greenbriar friends are very thankful for their service and commitment to serve our city of Independence. We hope each […]

January 30, 2019

Rockin’ Rhonda’s Karaoke Class Makes Great Debut at the Mics!

This semester as part of our Watermark University program, we introduced an expressive art class in the form of Karaoke, which is a popularized Japanese style of interactive musical singing. Karaoke is literally translated as "empty orchestra" where an amateur singer sings along with a popularized instrumental form of a hit song. Our community driver […]

January 29, 2019

Winter Weather Safety Tips from our Greenbriar Family to Yours!

We want everyone to be safe during this cold weather season. As part of Watermark Retirement Communities, we’d like to help you thrive by sharing a few cold weather safety tips. This article from Watermark and the National Institute on Aging offers useful information and advice to help you and your loved ones stay warm […]

January 4, 2019

Welcome Greenbriar’s Newest Leader – Patrick Maloney, Facilities Operations Director

Dear Residents, Family Members and Associates, I hope this note finds you well, and that you all had a wonderful holiday season. As we move full steam ahead into a new year filled with new possibilities, I am excited to introduce Patrick Maloney, our new Facilities Operations Director who joined the team December 20th. Patrick […]

January 3, 2019

Spring 2019 Watermark University Catalog

Watermark University (WU) strives to provide individuals with meaningful opportunities to learn, teach, grow and achieve wellness. Research shows that learning and keeping our mind active and sharp supports healthy aging. At Watermark Retirement Communities®, we are committed to encouraging our residents and associates to lead balanced lives, full of meaning and purpose and grounded […]

November 14, 2018

Expressions 2019: Celebrating Active Aging and the Arts

For 19 consecutive years, Watermark has proudly published a full-color wall calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Featuring works submitted by Watermark residents from coast to coast, Expressions 2019 is sure to inspire creativity within everyone it reaches. Complimentary copies of Expressions 2019 are available for the asking while supplies last. Please call or […]

November 6, 2018

We Salute Veterans

Words cannot express our appreciation of those who served our country. This Veteran’s Day at Watermark communities coast to coast, we continue our commitment to recording the advice, life lessons and video interviews of our veterans in residence. We welcome veterans, their families and friends to join us for our Veteran’s Day observations and upcoming […]

November 1, 2018

“A Different Kind of Service” – Life in the Naval Photographic Department

In light of Veterans Day in November, we wanted to take the opportunity at The Fountains at Greenbriar to honor the incredible story of one of our resident veterans, Pat Taylor, who has a unique service history to share...the following is her story: For those of you who don’t know resident Pat Taylor and for […]

October 25, 2018

Pink Party Participants Pay Respect to Resident Survivors!

Every year in October Greenbriar is pleased to celebrate our breast cancer survivors with a Pink Party and informative health presentation about early detection, self examination, signs/symptoms, and many healthful tips for nutrition and exercise. With many of our loved residents in our community we always want to take the moment to reflect on their […]

October 15, 2018

Living it up at the Library

The Greenbriar gang ventured out to the Kansas City Public Library's historic central branch location after we enjoyed a delicious breakfast at the newly renovated Hotel Savoy Restaurant. We enjoyed the classical charm of this historic building and enjoyed some delicious classic fare to boot! Our trip to the library was a memorable experience for […]

July 24, 2018

We are out of this world… at The Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium!

The Greenbriar gang took a trip out of this world to the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station to see the "Phantom of the Universe" and "Sky Station Live" experiences where the residents learned about the Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland and learned about the scientists that are trying to replicate dark matter that exist […]

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 […]