Barton Healthcare Introduces Seniors to the "Blogosphere"

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New Blog Offers Assisted Living Residents 21st Century Way to Stay Connected

I love the programs that are held throughout and look forward participating in the activities to keep myself busy and my mind occupied.

In the growing world of Facebook users, Internet tweeters and YouTube superstars, blogging seniors are the latest group to get linked into social networking. Popular with readers for their distinct observations, sensible advice and unyielding opinions, this blossoming online community has begun to make its mark on the Web, a fact Barton Healthcare, one of the largest and most innovative caregivers in Illinois, has taken into account with the introduction of its newest online resource, the Barton Blog.    

The most recent addition to a variety of contemporary activities available for residents of Barton's assisted living facilities in Chicago and Zion, Ill., both seniors and employees from all levels of the organization will be logging on to the blogosphere and sharing their stories about life at Barton.

Whether sharing their favorite activities such as the Nintendo Wii and Guitar Hero, or discussing friendships they've made since joining the community, the Barton Blog provides residents a positive way to keep in touch not only with technological trends, but with their loved ones, also.

"Our residents value maintaining an independent lifestyle and the blog, among other activities, is a great way to keep them active and learning," said Pat DiFiore, executive director of Barton Senior Residence of Zion, about her residents' presence on the Web. "They are excited to contribute and share with people the experiences they've had here."

Marilyn Gregory, a resident at Barton Senior Residences of Chicago, recently composed her first entry for the Barton Blog. "Barton has become my home away from home and I wanted to tell the people why," said Marilyn about her blogging experience. "I love the programs that are held throughout and look forward participating in the activities to keep myself busy and my mind occupied."

In addition to entries by residents, employees from all aspects of Barton Healthcare will be responsible for posting to the Barton Blog. The organization hopes that both current and prospective residents, as well as their families will benefit from the variety of information about life at Barton. The Barton Blog can be found on the Barton Healthcare website at http://www.bartonhealthcare.org.

About Barton Management
Since 1965, Barton Healthcare has created unique communities committed to providing, affordable, progressive programs designed so individuals can enjoy healthier, more fulfilling lives. Today, Barton is one of the largest and most innovative caregivers in Illinois, with Supportive Living, Skilled Nursing, Mental Health and Behavioral Health facilities in both the Chicago metropolitan area and in Central Illinois. The Barton assisted living program has become the model for the State of Illinois' Supportive Living Program and for residents with mental illness, Barton's Chicago facilities are the State's designated Demonstration Project. For more information about Barton Management please visit http://www.bartonhealthcare.org

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