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 […]
Category: Life at The Fountains
Do you have too much stuff? You can declutter your home and help others thrive at the same time. As part of Watermark Retirement Communities, we’d like to help you make the most of your unwanted possessions. Check out these suggestions from Watermark and then contact us if you need help getting started. We’re always […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Every year we like to recognize our Resident Artists with our annual Expressions Calendar, a calendar that is distributed all of our Watermark communities coast to coast. This year, we are privileged at The Fountains at Greenbriar to share in on the excitement with resident Eileen Wilcox. Eileen was selected out of a group of many […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Wrapping up a long week of programs and healthful opportunities for Active Aging Week we concluded with a fun exploration of our community with a community-wide scavenger hunt. Spanning all three floors and all 12 halls our residents went on a journey to solve their riddles and clues to fill out their scavenger hunt sheet. We […]
Watermark Retirement Communities was ranked among Fortune Magazine’s top places to work in Aging Services. We are proud to be part of Watermark and we thank our associates for bestowing this accolade on The Fountains at Greenbriar. Many of the companies featured on the list operate with fewer than 250 employees. Watermark employs over 5,800 […]
Come take a gander at the grand and grander things we have in store for you this month of October at The Fountains at Greenbriar! You will see a delightful plethora of pleasing possibilities in store for you this month all with a Midwestern fall fancy! You can take a trip with us to a […]
This month we are pleased to highlight the thriving of Marie Moss. Marie has been a resident for almost a year at The Fountains at Greenbriar, and many of you whom know her well, know that she has a passionate affinity for penguins...all things penguin for that matter! So much so that she decided a […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With nearly 30 different classes with everything from Chair Cha-Cha! to Travelogue: Tour of the Rhine to YouTube Art Class to Floral Design and even The Competitive Game of Washers, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. […]
Take a brief moment and peruse some of the amazing offerings that we have in September ready for you. This month is packed with a plethora of possibilities for you to thrive with us! Just to name a few we have outings to museums, live-interactive puzzles, historic library tour, and so much more that we […]
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 […]
Take a peek inside of our August Thrive Newsletter and Calendar to see all of the fun and amazing things that we have going on in August. Since our calendars production we have an addition to make and it is: Thursday August 16th - Eye Health with Dr. Silversteiin has been moved to September 20th […]
The gang took a little day excursion to Fort Scott, Kansas just last week and explored the history of this quaint and charming Kansas town. We toured the Victorian era homes of the town and also stopped by the Twin Lyons Mansions to have a hip and farm-to-table dining experience at Nate's Place inside the […]
On one of our recent outings, the Greenbriar Gang ventured off to Burr Oak Woods Nature Center to participate and learn the ancient Japanese art of Gyotaku, which is fish printing. As many seafaring cultures have art based around their aquatic cultural practices, the Japanese are no different, but this art practice was done by […]
Fresh off the printing press! July 2018 Newsletter and Calendar are available for you to peruse at your leisure. You will notice that we have a busy month in store. With that being said, take a moment to plan some outings and happening with your favorite Greenbriar Gang. From celestial phenomena to terrestrial winged-wonders we […]
Resident, David Fischer has been a certified Weather Spotter for more than 30 years, and has utilized his skills as part of the Stillwater, Oklahoma Fire Department. Working for more than 30 years with different fire departments throughout Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, and Illinois David has a plethora of knowledge to share with the residents […]
At The Fountains at Greenbriar we have been striving to always be innovative with current trends for health initiatives. As a result, we have finally introduced our community campus as a smoke free environment. This left us with a new use of our third floor Gazebo space, which previously was dedicated as a smoking area, […]
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 […]
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, […]