In 1945, near the tail-end of the Second World War, 89-year-old Mamie Stinchcombe joined the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (Wrens) at only 19 years old, an experience that changed her life in many ways.
It’s true that with age comes wisdom, and perhaps that helped senior Doreetha Daniels recently graduate from college! At the age of 99, she earned her associate’s degree from College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California, reported USA Today.
Chartwell Kingsville resident Pam Parsons has vivid memories of serving as a Land Girl and later a member of the Women’s Royal Naval Service during the Second World War, when all the men in her life had gone off to fight and she was left to support the war effort from home. It was a difficult time that demanded perseverance, and challenged Parsons and many others to take on roles they’d never dreamed of doing before; however, it was also a time a self-discovery, and when the 91-year-old not only met the love of her life, but discovered her true passion: dance.
Some people live their whole lives without ever travelling outside of their hometowns. Others never leave the country. Recently, one group of family members not only traveled to two continents in one trip, but they did so on their motorcycles. What’s more, the family member who organized the journey was 85 years old at the time.
Your parents were onto something when they stressed the importance of eating your fruits and vegetables. However, despite how healthy these foods are, many people still aren’t getting enough of them every day. A new study from the University of British Columbia, published in the journal Appetite, found that many seniors – specifically men – aren’t meeting their daily requirements of fresh produce.
Chartwell Country Cottage Retirement Residence in Sherwood Park, AB, is home to many exceptional seniors, one of them being 98-year-old Jane Denis, who has been at the retirement community for a whopping 16 years! Grandmother to 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren, Denis has nearly 100 years of experience and wisdom behind her, and shares why retirement living was the right choice for her.
In February, Devon Bussey, grade 12 student at Public Alternative Secondary School, began volunteering at Chartwell Royal Marquis Retirement Residence in Windsor, Ontario, as part of his school’s co-op program. A quiet and respectful individual, Devon hoped to gain some hands-on experience with seniors, but never imagined how many connections and friendships he would make in just a few short months
I became a Care Aide in 2009 and joined Chartwell Carrington Place in 2012. My role involves helping residents with their personal care needs and ensuring that they feel safe and well cared for. I love interacting with residents and assisting them with their daily routines.
Most college students fall into a similar demographic: 18-35-year-olds who attend classes so they can earn a degree and land a job when they graduate. However, recently there have been more and more reports of seniors returning to school just for the sake of continuous learning—including 73-year-old Chartwell Cedarbrooke resident Sue Adair, who is taking online classes in Spanish and law.
Moving to a retirement community is a great way for seniors to enjoy the next chapter of their lives and to surround themselves with their peers; however, one group of seniors is spending their time with a much younger crowd these days. TODAY recently reported on the Intergenerational Learning Center (ILC), a retirement residence/preschool located in Seattle which connects youth with seniors for an experience that greatly benefits both generations.