As 2017 comes to a close, the residents and staff at Wyndemere are thankful for the many fortunes that were experienced this year. A close-knit and active community located in Wheaton, Illinois, Wyndemere’s relentless attention to detail and devotion to health and well-being are among residents’ favorite attributes. This year also brought with it some exciting changes to the community, as well as the continuation of many beloved programs and activities.
New Spaces Artfully Adorned
Renovations to the independent living portion of the campus were completed this year, giving the area a modern update that didn’t sacrifice its warmth. Executive Director Marty Jensen commissioned a local photographer to capture the beauty and history of greater Chicago, and the original photography and artwork that graces the walls serves as the centerpiece to the exciting renovations. Churches, nature preserves, downtown Chicago, Soldier Field, The Museum of Science and Industry, and many more treasured locations were photographed and are on display.
“The son of one of our residents is a talented artist, and we were fortunate enough to get some of his original works to display in the renovated space,” says Judy Miltner, Marketing Director at Wyndemere. “So not only do we have all these floors of unique artwork from photographs to original pieces, we also feature resident art, and like a gallery, switch things around every so often. All of it combined tells a wonderful story.”
Picnic and the Pops
Ravinia, a two-part outdoor symphony concert on the lawn, was a highlight of the summer. Residents, their friends, and prospective residents relaxed around the pond on patios, balconies and decks and enjoyed a picnic dinner, good company, and spectacular music. Apartments and townhouses surround the pond, and a large circle of concert-goers was formed, creating a unique scene to all in attendance.
Residents Did Not Throw Away Their Shot at Hamilton
Along with the rest of the world, Wyndemere embraced Broadway’s hit production, Hamilton. Residents didn’t just go see the Tony Award-winning musical, they experienced it. Thanks to The Ohio State University’s SAGE (Series in Applied Gerontology Education), residents were taken on a Hamilton journey of sorts, learning about the production from many different perspectives before seeing the show.
“We had three lectures as part of this SAGE series in preparation to go see Hamilton,” says Judy. “We don’t just buy the tickets to the show and transport residents down there. We give them an education beforehand that enhances the experience.”
The sessions covered the writing of the play, what residents would learn and see when they saw the production, the songs and music, and costumes. This approach is typical of the rich educational opportunities, culture, and history that Wyndemere offers.
A Community Curious About the Arts
Residents continued their pursuit of arts and learning all year long at Wyndemere. The creative arts studio saw a lot of traffic with art classes, and residents had fun teaching other residents their creative passion of choice, whether it be painting with watercolors, fiber arts or something in between. It’s definitely a place where residents can follow and even teach others about their curiosities.
Wyndemere is a place with many things to do, places to go and people to meet. As residents reminisce about the memorable experiences, connections and friendships of 2017, the team at Wyndemere has been busy been planning an extraordinary year to come. To learn more about ongoing activities and events at Wyndemere, or what lies ahead in 2018, please call 1 (866) 579-2405. Happy New Year!