The health benefits of hugging

The health benefits of hugging

Sometimes, all we really need is a hug. Whether we’re stressed out or it’s just been one of those days, a hug can be the medicine we need to feel better. However, hugging can do much more than just put a smile on our faces, according to Medical Daily. It can improve psychological development, boost our immune systems and even lower the risk of heart disease. With benefits like that, hugging should be prescribed by doctors!

Continue reading


4 holiday tips for caregivers

Keep every one happy this holiday season, including yourself.

For some, the holiday season is the most meaningful time of the year. It’s a time to celebrate, and love and support the entire family. However, sometimes caregivers can get caught up in planning Christmas and spread themselves too thin between supporting their family and aging loved one, thus forgetting to spend time caring for themselves. As a caregiver, it’s not only important to make sure the loved one you’re caring for enjoys the holiday season, but that you’re also making time for yourself and your own traditions.

Continue reading


How to approach the first conversation about retirement living with a loved one

Ensure your loved one about the comfort and safety a retirement residence will provide.

If your loved one needs more daily support, and you believe a senior living community may be their best option, it’s important to help find them a caring environment that provides the extra assistance they may need—whether that be additional care services, assistance with meals or cleaning, more social interaction, or even an enhanced sense of personal security. Whether you’re seeking a retirement residence that offers a more independent lifestyle, or one with more personal care support, your loved one has many living and care options at their disposal; however, in some cases, they may not know it. If you’re unsure of how to approach the first conversation about retirement living with them, here are some tips that can help.

Continue reading


Chartwell Aurora LTC participates in “senior adoption” program for holiday season

The Chartwell Aurora LTC community is gathering gifts for residents to open on Christmas morning.

While most residents at Chartwell Aurora Long Term Care Residence are lucky enough to be surrounded by family and friends this holiday season, some do not enjoy such comforts. That’s why the home has partnered up with the Senior Wish Association to participate in a “senior adoption” charitable program, which encourages members of the retirement community to adopt other members without close relatives and provide them with presents to open on Christmas Day.

Continue reading


Ask Our Experts: How do I start the conversation about retirement living with my loved one?

Jul 1

My mom lives on her own in a condo in the city. She’s in fairly good health for a 91-year-old, but she’s having some trouble with her eyesight and she isn’t able to walk long distances anymore. My siblings and I live outside of the city, so we take turns commuting downtown to take her out for groceries or to appointments, which can be difficult. Aside from that, we’re also worried she’s been lonely on her own since my dad passed away a year ago. Mom’s an independent soul, so we’re not sure how to bring up the topic of retirement living with her. Do you have any advice?

Continue reading


5 ways to boost your immune system

Stay physically active to boost your immune system.

Your immune system has a great fight to put up during flu season. When surrounding family members, friends and neighbours start coughing and sneezing, it’s hard to prevent yourself from catching their cold. However, by boosting your immune system, you can help keep your body in tip-top shape during cold and flu season, as well as keep illness from spreading to your loved ones. Prepare yourself this year with these helpful tips for strengthening you and your loved one’s immune system and maximizing your overall health.

Continue reading


Animal therapy program brings joy to Chartwell Whispering Pines

Animal therapy is an effective way to bring joy to the lives of seniors.

Pet therapy, or animal-assisted therapy, is the beneficial interaction between a person and a trained animal. The purpose of animal-assisted therapy is to bring the care and affection of animal interaction to people who do not have the ability to visit animals on their own. It can be a therapeutic and positive approach to lifting one’s spirits, as residents and staff at Chartwell Whispering Pines discovered on October 23. 

Continue reading


Winter Recipe: “Sugarless” Sugar Pie by Chartwell FSM Michel Charbonneau

Michel

From gingerbread to Christmas cookies to seasonal pies, winter is defined by its delicious desserts and chocolaty beverages! To help you enjoy all that the season has to offer, we’re serving up Chartwell Cité-Jardin FSM Michel Charbonneau’s famous “Sugarless” Sugar Pie recipe, a favourite among his residents and a staple in the province of Quebec. Read on for Michel’s sweet and creamy pie recipe, which is also suitable for people managing diabetes!

Continue reading


The importance of elder abuse awareness

Talk to your loved one about their experiences to better understand elder abuse.

Every year on December 10, the international community joins together to observe Human Rights Day. This campaign seeks to bring global attention to basic rights and freedoms that everyone deserves no matter where they live in the world, nor their age. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, between 4 and 10 per cent of seniors are affected by abuse—which is why bringing about awareness of elder abuse is a critical part of ensuring all seniors’ human rights are respected and protected each and every day.

Continue reading