When Chartwell Parkway resident, Muriel, shared with her Lifestyle & Program Manager that she played a part in Canada’s Second World War effort, we sat down with her to learn her story and inquire about her experience at her retirement community.
Shingles is a painful condition more common among seniors. The shingles vaccine can prevent or significantly lower your risk of developing shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia, a debilitating complication causing pain that lasts for months or years. Canadian immunization experts recommend the vaccine for people 60 and over to reduce the risk of developing a condition that can interfere with your sleep, daily activities and enjoyment of life.
On November 30, Chartwell retirement residences across Canada participated in a company-wide “Pizza Day,” where homemade, piping-hot pizzas made with fresh, premium-quality ingredients were served to residents during lunch or dinner and customized according to their preferences. Though no reason is ever needed to justify eating pizza, the purpose of residents dining on mouth-watering pizza pies was to celebrate Chartwell’s newly-launched MyPizza program.
The risk of type 2 diabetes increases with age, and seniors account for nearly half of Canadians with diabetes. Screening is important for prevention and early diagnosis. Self-management education and support from a diabetes care team can help you control diabetes and reduce the risk of serious health complications.
As reported by CBC British Columbia, a recent study conducted by the University of British Columbia has revealed that walking three times a week for up to an hour can positively benefit seniors’ brain health by helping to reduce the cognitive impairment that can cause dementia.
What if you could lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk of a hip fracture, and even feel happier, just by doing one thing? And it doesn’t even involve eating more veggies or lifting weights. Volunteering is the one activity that does all this for seniors—plus much more.
A group of residents at Chartwell Imperial Place are knitting hats to raise awareness about Shaken Baby Syndrome. Many parents are unfamiliar with the condition that puts the lives of their newborn children at risk.
“We began to plan fundraising events and a day that would honour and praise our veterans,” Theresa Chittle, Lifestyle & Program Manager at Chartwell Oak Park Terrace, explains. “And then it occurred to us that we should invite other Chartwell homes in Windsor-Essex County to join our efforts.”
One of the keys to a happy retirement is selecting which senior living option is best suited for your needs. An independent living lifestyle is a great fit for someone who does not require personal support or care, but may benefit from the many conveniences of living in a retirement community. Older adults living in independent retirement accommodations generally do not receive personal care services, but may enjoy dining options, general housekeeping and laundry amenities, and a host of activities and outings to support an active and vibrant lifestyle.
A quaint, boutique-style seniors’ community situated in friendly Pickering, Ontario, Chartwell Parkway Retirement Residence is tucked in a quiet neighbourhood that’s minutes away from the city’s vibrant and growing city centre, which boasts a number of local amenities—from shopping plazas and restaurants to public transit. Well known in the Durham Region for its strong community reputation and homey atmosphere, Chartwell Parkway offers its residents a rewarding and engaging lifestyle, where individual needs are adapted and met by a team of dedicated and caring staff.