Aurora Long Term Care shows residents how beautiful they are through others’ eyes

Kyla Krawczyk, Education Coordinator at Chartwell Aurora Long Term Care Residence in Aurora, ON, shared her home's story.

At Chartwell Retirement Residences, respect is a top priority among staff and residents. In fact, Chartwell lists Respect, Empathy, Service, Excellence, Performance, Education, Commitment and Trust (RESPECT) as its corporate values, which each home and corporate office strives to exhibit on a daily basis. When they decided to hold a contest that encouraged creative entries describing how each home embodied these values, the submissions were both touching and inspiring.

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Unlikely animals used in therapy for seniors with memory loss

Unlikely animals used in therapy for seniors with memory loss

When you think of an animal that may be used in therapy for seniors, your first thought may be a dog. Service dogs are trained to guide their owners in their daily activities, like getting ready for the day, safely crossing the street and more. Aside from their helpful qualities, they also provide unyielding love and companionship. However, there are other animals that can provide similar services and comfort for seniors with memory loss.

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What are the early signs of dementia?

What are the early signs of dementia?

Although forgetfulness is a common problem experienced by older adults, in some cases it may be a symptom of something greater. According to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 747,000 Canadians were living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in 2011. That number is expected to increase to 1.4 million by 2031; however, there are steps that can be taken to detect dementia early and ensure the best possible care for your loved one.

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5 tips for helping your parents downsize

Follow these retirement planning tips for helping your parents take only the necessities with them to their new place.

You and your parents have already determined that a move to a retirement residence is in the near future, and while it’s an exciting new chapter in their lives, it can also be a bit stressful for all parties involved. Planning a move to your parents’ new home requires a great deal of patience, understanding and organization, especially when it comes to determining which items will make the move with them. With your guidance, the move can be streamlined and downsizing can be accomplished in just a few months.

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Film takes touching look at woman with Alzheimer’s

Film takes touching look at woman with Alzheimer's.

Unless you or a loved one is personally affected by Alzheimer’s disease, it can be difficult to truly understand what it’s like. While it’s a serious condition, the disease can progress slowly and allow relationships and daily activities to resume as normal for a while. There’s a lot that a caregiver can do to support a loved one who’s been diagnosed. “Still Alice,” a film that’s set to hit theatres in Canada on January 23, may be able to shed some light on what it’s really like to live with the condition and spread more awareness on the disease in honour of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

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