Category: Life at The Fountains at Crystal Lake

December 18, 2019

Spring 2020 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 […]

September 12, 2019

Survey Shows Retirement Community Residents are Happier

A recent study shows that residents of retirement communities are happier than their counterparts living elsewhere. This confirms what we see every day at Watermark communities nationwide. Our residents live rich, full lives brimming with possibilities. They feel more secure, enjoy more freedom and have more active social lives than they would outside our communities. […]

September 9, 2019

Happy Grandparents Day 2019!

Over the weekend, we took the opportunity to recognize National Grandparents Day by hosting a special celebration to honor all of the Grandparents in our lives! Grandparents are important figures that play a significant role in the foundation of a family. We are so grateful and hope that each and every one of you felt […]

August 29, 2019

Watermark University Quenches Thirst for Knowledge

Stimulating the mind and strengthening the body have enormous benefits at any age. At Watermark communities nationwide, individuals discover profound opportunities for engagement and growth through Watermark University. Residents, associates, family members and local experts share their interests and teach classes each semester. Watermark resident Paul H. Wilson describes how the quest for learning is […]

August 26, 2019

Fall 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 […]

August 22, 2019

Endless Fun At Our Annual Carnival Day Celebration!

The Fountains at Crystal Lake residents had a blast celebrating the golden days of summer with family and friends at our annual Carnival Day! Partygoers enjoyed plenty of games offering fun prizes, lively entertainment, and colorful face & body paintings by Manda. We couldn't host a carnival without popcorn, sno-cones and cotton candy! Everyone gathered […]

June 13, 2019

The Longest Day: Help Fight to End Alzheimer’s Disease!

According to the Alzheimer’s Association Website, “On June 21, thousands of participants from across the world come together to fight the darkness of Alzheimer's through an activity of their choice. Together, they use their creativity and passion to raise funds and awareness for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.” With the amount of people […]

April 29, 2019

Summer 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 […]

March 6, 2019

Read Across America Day!

Many people may not know this, but March 2 was National “Read Across America Day”. Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. We were lucky to have Girl Scout Troop #2198 […]

February 13, 2019

Chocolatier for the Day!

The residents had a “sweet” trip down memory lane as they went to Morke’s Chocolate Shop to experience what it was like to be a Chocolatier for the day! They even let us get our hands "dirty" by letting us make our very own chocolate. It’s not every day someone can say they got to make their own […]

February 12, 2019

Declutter to Help Others

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 […]

January 29, 2019

Cold Weather Safety Tips

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 2, 2019

Happy Holidays 2018!

We want to thank everyone who came to celebrate the holiday season with all of us.We have had some great performances from girl scout troops to swing choirs to school organizations. They definitely brighten our resident's day! We also want to thank all the family and friends who came to celebrate at the Holiday Open […]

December 12, 2018

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 12, 2018

Happy Veterans Day!

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate Veterans Day with all of us! A special thank you to Linda and Jill from JourneyCare, the Colour Guard and Bugles Across America for coming out and putting on such a moving ceremony. Most importantly, thank you to all the Veterans for your dedication to our […]

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 […]

October 26, 2018

Annual Halloween Spooktacular – October 26th, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

As a reminder, tonight from 6:30pm - 8:00pm, children 12 and under with their families are welcome to join us for a Spooktacular time! While you're here, you can go trick-or-treating, play games, dance to spooky tunes with a DJ, and enjoy refreshments. Don't forget while you are here, to vote for your favorite pumpkin. Hope to […]

May 29, 2018

Happy Memorial Day!

We were honored to have celebrated all of our Veterans, both past and present, during a Memorial Service. We appreciate the military service of each and every one of our veterans. Big thank you to our Veteran Volunteer, Richard and JourneyCare Hospice for hosting a wonderful service for everyone yesterday!

April 24, 2018

Spring Piano Performance!

It's always nice when residents can give back to the community. Resident Diane Koenig, has taught piano for many years and had the opportunity to bring some of her students to the The Fountains to entertain for them all. Not only did the residents enjoy it, but so did the students when they saw how […]

March 29, 2018

Happy Easter!

With Easter day approaching, we want to wish everyone a Happy Easter! Thank you to everyone who braved the cold weather and came to our Easter Party! The residents loved seeing all the kids and also enjoyed filling the 2,000 eggs for all of them.

March 19, 2018

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

We hope you all had a great time at our St. Patrick's Day Party over the weekend. We are glad you all came out to celebrate with us while dining on Corned Beef and Cabbage and of course, Green Beer! Thank you to Mike and Tom for the great entertainment that kept everyone singing and dancing. We […]

January 29, 2018

Annual Hawaiian Luau 2018!

Aloha! It’s always nice to forget about the cold, even if it is just for one day! We were thrilled to invite back the Royale Polynesian Revue as they helped welcome Hawaii to The Fountains. They even taught us how to be a professional Hawaiian dancers. Thank you to everyone who came to enjoy the evening […]

January 25, 2018

Meet Our New Watermark Kids!

We are very excited to introduce our newest Watermark Kids, who happen to be sisters! Lilyana is the oldest and is 8 years old. She attends Mary Endres Elementary School in Woodstock and enjoys horses, literacy, swimming, volleyball, reading and snuggling with her mom. Her desire one day is to be a farm-animal veterinarian. Little […]