Some of the greatest stories aren’t written by acclaimed authors, but told by your very own loved ones. At Chartwell Royalcliffe Retirement Residence in London, Ontario, professional wordsmith Sandy Ross regularly visits and helps residents craft and share their own personal accounts. The end result is a better understanding of seniors’ lives, a closer bond and a shared sense of accomplishment.
June 25 was a memorable day for Chartwell Niagara Long Term Care Residence in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. A classical guitarist played soft, serene music while residents and their friends and family viewed beautiful artwork displayed throughout the home. What made the art particularly special, however, was that all the works were created by the residents themselves.
There are many people throughout the world who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Researchers are continuously working to find treatments to alleviate symptoms and one day find a cure, and they may be onto something with their new discovery. Cognitive neuroscientist Laura Baker of Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina told the Leader-Post about the research she presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, which showed the effects of cardio exercise on those with the condition.
With wedding season in full swing, it seemed like the perfect time for residents and staff at Chartwell Elmira Long Term Care Residence in Elmira, Ontario, to have a celebration of their own. Amanda Holmes, Program Assistant at the residence, thought it would be a great idea to gather vintage wedding dresses from residents, staff and nearby boutiques to create a unique fashion show for everyone to enjoy. The day of the show was full of laughter and smiles, and it quickly became the talk of the community.
The old adage “It’s like riding a bike” has never been more accurate. For some seniors, choosing to get back into cycling is a great step – or pedal – in the right direction in regard to their health and fitness goals. The Okotoks Western Wheel reported that at the age of 70, Bill Wahlund raced his bike for 30 kilometres at the Alberta 55 Plus Senior Games. His reasoning? There’s no time like the present to get active.
I first began working at Chartwell Regency in September of 2003, getting my start in the food and beverage department. I not only helped to prepare food for our daily menus, but also served residents in the dining room. It was the perfect opportunity for me to get to know them, including their unique preferences and dietary needs, as well as learn their personal stories.
It turns out the health of your heart and the health of your mind are connected. According to a recent international study published in the journal Neurology, healthy eating – specifically foods that promote cardiovascular health – is tied to a reduction in cognitive decline. This is great insight for seniors who can apply the research to their meals for optimal physical and mental performance.
Think back to the last time you laughed so hard that your eyes watered and stomach ached. Though genuine laughter like that is less frequent than many would perhaps hope for, for seniors at Chartwell Terrace on the Square, it wasn’t so long ago that they experienced a bout of laughter they won’t soon forget. Many recently attended a laughter yoga session led by a certified instructor, and the activity had such a positive result, it’s turning into a regular offering at the residence.
In many countries around the world, life expectancy rates have increased, with living to see 100 becoming more and more common. Global News recently reported on some of the world’s oldest seniors and got their insight on what they credit with their longevity and how to maintain a healthy and happy life.
At 78 years old, Liam Gallagher is an emerging artist. Senior Planet reported on his recently acquired passion and how he’s using it to tackle an issue that’s very dear to him: ageism. With the help of his grandson, Scottee, he’s breaking into Britain’s art scene and teaching everyone a thing or two about loving and respecting seniors.