Socializing is important for seniors, as regular social interaction can help keep them mentally and physically healthy as they age. Charitable giving is a great way for seniors to stay engaged with their communities, and many retirement living homes help connect their residents with local charities in need of volunteers.
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.
In the traditional sense, beauty pageants feature young women who have both inner and outer beauty. However, the definition of beauty is continuously expanding, and as a result, so are the age guidelines for these pageants. Not only have they been opening up to children of all ages, but there are now opportunities for those aged 65 and older to get involved in the activity during retirement. Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D, participated in one of these pageants and shared her experience with The Huffington Post.
When the idea of volunteer work was being discussed at Chartwell Imperial Place Retirement Residence in Surrey, BC, residents and staff immediately thought of the HOPE Bundle of Love Hampers program. A local charity that benefits young mothers and their babies, the program was one that everyone was eager to start helping with. From there, residents began to compile gifts for the young women and their children.
I begin each shift by helping residents get ready for the day. For those individuals who need assistance in the morning, I help them get ready for breakfast—whatever helps them start off their day right. After breakfast, I may escort a resident to the spa and provide a relaxing treatment, or to a recreational activity or social gathering.
Maintaining a loving relationship throughout one’s life is an accomplishment that deserves to be celebrated every day. This Valentine’s Day, married couples at Chartwell Langley Gardens Retirement Residence in Langley, BC, recognized their lifelong devotion in a very special way. All of the 29 couples at the retirement community were invited to participate in a vow renewal ceremony that took place in the main lounge for family and friends to attend.
For many seniors, retirement is a time to reflect on what truly makes them happy. Because of decades of experience, seniors can offer unmatchable insight on what’s most important in life. Freddie Ligaard, a YouTube personality, recently posted a video of all of the advice he received from older generations in response to the question, “If you could say one thing to the younger people out there, what would it be?”
Sixty years ago, 23-year-old Barbara was working for a toy company when 20-year-old Bruce was brought in to run the department. Bruce was immediately captivated by Barbara, but despite his best efforts, Barbara wasn’t interested in sparking a romantic relationship. They both recall the evening when everything changed.
This Valentine’s Day, Chartwell Scarlett Heights Retirement Residence in Etobicoke will be full of love. Many of the couples at the residence will be celebrating the holiday and reflecting on their time together. Two remarkable pairs shared their very different stories with Lori Swartz, Lifestyle and Programs Manager at the senior living community.
Many people list traveling as one of their most anticipated activities of retirement. For one 86-year-old woman, that’s exactly how she’s spending her time. While many individuals her age are turning to a senior living community for opportunities to socialize with their peers and make the most of their retirement years, News 9 reported that, for the past seven years, former Florida resident Lee Wachtstetter has been living aboard a cruise ship.