MISSISSAUGA, ON. May 12th, 2017 – Chartwell Retirement Residences (“Chartwell”) announced today the result of its 2016 efforts to raise funds for their charitable partner, Wish of a Lifetime Canada (WOLC). In total, the company raised over $165,000 in 2016 to support WOLC’s mission of shifting the way society views and values our oldest generations by fulfilling seniors’ dreams and sharing their stories to inspire those of all ages.
James Long, 94, has always admired the miracle of flight. As a young man growing up in Ontario, he would watch planes soaring overhead and dream of one day experiencing the thrill of aviation for himself. James eventually became a pilot later in life, an achievement that allowed him to fly to places like Prince Edward Island and California dozens of times. This alone was a dream come true for James, but there was one piece of the puzzle missing.
There’s a reason why knitting has been around since 1000 AD—knitters not only produce warm items of clothing, but also receive a host of other surprising health and wellness benefits. Creative pursuits like crocheting, quilting, sewing and knitting are no longer just considered “busy work,” but are now being touted as hobbies that can make you happier and healthier at any age.
Spring is here and many of us may feel an urge to grow something green. If you don’t have a garden to tend at your house, condo or even retirement community, there are still options at your disposal. Indoor “air plants” are a hot trend in the houseplant world, and, as research has proven, growing them can offer a host of health benefits, from a more positive outlook to improved breathing.
About half of older adults complain about sleep problems, which can potentially affect your health and daily functioning. Although certain age-related changes in sleep are normal, it’s important to identify and treat common underlying causes of sleep problems like obstructive sleep apnea, pain conditions and depression. Practicing good “sleep hygiene” by being active, getting sunlight exposure and reducing stress before bedtime can help you sleep more soundly.
At 74 years old, it took Anne only 37:05 minutes to climb the CN Tower’s 1,776 steps to the top—what works out to be 144 flights of stairs! “I’m proud I beat 38 minutes, which was my time last year,” says the Chartwell Montgomery Village resident.
I recently worked with a family whose parents were still living in the home they’d been in for over 45 years. Like many people, Ben and Margaret* felt strongly that they wanted to stay in their family home forever. They were not open to considering other options. Then, Margaret fell and broke her leg. It was a serious break and she wasn’t going to be able to navigate stairs for several weeks, and possibly even months. In addition, Ben was not able to manage all the household responsibilities without his wife’s help. After considering their situation, they decided to move to a retirement residence while her leg was healing, with the intention of returning to their home as soon as possible.
I often talk to caregivers about the need to recognize that it may not be reasonable for them to provide all of their loved one’s care alone. And I have found that the hardest people to convince that they don’t have to go it alone are often caregiving spouses! Sometimes they feel that needing help caring for their spouse means they have failed. Actually, I think the best thing a spouse can do is ensure their husband or wife has the best care available, and sometimes that means asking for help.
The key to good health and longevity for seniors is not a mythical Fountain of Youth, but the good habits identified by today’s scientists. Research shows that healthy lifestyles are more influential than genes in helping older adults stay youthful and live longer. Staying socially connected, being physically active, thinking positively, and exercising your brain through lifelong learning can help you to maintain optimal health and quality of life.
Chartwell Retirement Residences is hosting a National Spring Open House on Sunday, April 30th from 1-4 p.m. at all of our retirement communities across Canada. Join us at our family-friendly event to sample delicious food and refreshments, enjoy lively entertainment, meet our dedicated staff and take a look around.