Music: A melodic manner to awaken cherished memories

Written by Bob Kleinfelder, Birches Assisted Living resident and senior editor emeritus of The Lions Club’s LION Magazine Music—a popular f…

How to Deal with Difficult Life Transitions

Written by Bob Kleinfelder, Birches Assisted Living resident and senior editor emeritus of The Lions Club’s LION Magazine Transition: “Pass…

Moving: No Matter How Slow You Go, You’re Still Lapping Everyone on the Couch

Written by Bob Kleinfelder, Birches Assisted Living resident and senior editor emeritus of The Lions Club’s LION Magazine Moving. “Sure, I …

A February of Firsts: Embracing New Experiences and Challenges

Written by Bob Kleinfelder, Birches Assisted Living resident and senior editor emeritus of The Lions Club’s LION Magazine Challenges! Most …

The Best St. Patrick’s Day Traditions from Ireland, Chicago and The Birches

Written by Jenny Smiechowski, staff writer for The Birches Ever wonder how St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Ireland compare to celebration…

Birches Residents Cherish Long-Held Holiday Traditions….and Make New Ones

Whether it’s Christmas caroling, volunteering, snapping a family photo or throwing a holiday bash, every family has holiday traditions that…

How I Spend the Holidays in Assisted Living

Written by Charlotte Lillquist, resident blogger for The Birches When I moved to The Birches two years ago in October, I must admit, I hadn…

Birches Veteran Starts a 75-year Love Story Through Letters

Written by Jenny Smiechowski, staff writer for The Birches Two years ago, Connie Giuntoli was packing boxes in her parents’ home when she d…

4 Ways to Make the Holidays Less Stressful for Your Loved One with Dementia

Written by Jenny Smiechowski, staff writer for The Birches Imagine walking into a crowded room. It’s loud. Music’s playing. Kids are runnin…

5 Lessons in Setting Boundaries that Every Caregiver Must Learn

Written by Anne Tumlinson, aging policy expert and founder of the caregiver support organization Daughterhood It seems like I’ve been exhau…