Birches’ Senior Bloggers Start Assisted Living Advice Column

Bob Charlotte

Written by Jenny Smiechowski, staff writer for The Birches

You’ve heard of “Dear Abby.” But how about “Dear Bob and Charlotte”?

Since seniors and their families have so many questions about assisted living, The Birches has recruited two residents, Bob Kleinfelder and Charlotte Lillquist, to write a monthly advice column answering these questions on our blog.

The questions will primarily come from seniors at nearby senior centers who are curious about assisted living. Bob and Charlotte will each write one blog post per month answering a question from a local senior or other people with questions about assisted living.

“Being at The Birches, I think I have accumulated some knowledge and insight into senior living. I hope I can relay to people what it’s like to live in a community like this,” said Bob.

Bob is the former editor of the Lions Club’s LION Magazine, and has contributed blog posts to The Birches’ blog for the past year. Charlotte worked as a teacher and in various administrative roles for the United Church of Christ. She also completed some graduate coursework in counseling, because she likes helping people.

“I was planning to be a counselor. I didn’t make it all the way. But I’ve always been a person who likes to listen to people and offer advice,” said Charlotte.

Charlotte and Bob both believe their personal experience will help them provide useful advice to others navigating the path to assisted living, which is exactly why The Birches recruited them for the job.

“We know that there are a lot of questions that need to be answered before someone knows whether assisted living is the right option for them,” said Birches’ Executive Director Jackie Sander. “And we thought, who better to answer the questions than the seniors who actually live there?”

If you or someone you know would like to submit a question about assisted living to Bob or Charlotte, email it to or mail it to Attn: Bloggers at Birches, 215 55th St, Clarendon Hills, IL 60514.