Chartwell employee takes the ‘Polar Plunge’ to raise money for Special Olympics

Ryan loves to represent the Special Olympics any way he can.

What better way to embrace the cold temperatures of winter than by participating in a heartwarming charitable-giving initiative? For Chartwell Montgomery Village employee and Special Olympics participant Ryan Macbean, jumping into cold water for a cause was never even a question. That’s why he and his father decided to host and participate in a “Polar Plunge” for the second year in a row in the hopes of raising $30,000 for the Special Olympics.

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Chartwell announces development of a new residence in Candiac: Chartwell Le Montcalm

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February 25, 2016 [Montreal, Quebec] – Chartwell Retirement Residences, Canada’s largest owner and operator of retirement residences, is excited to announce, in partnership with Bâtimo/EMD Construction, that it will be growing its presence in Quebec to include a new independent living retirement residence in the community of Candiac. The new site, Chartwell Le Montcalm, is expected to employ 150 people. Approximately 45 permanent jobs will be created once the residence is fully operational.

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The importance of socialization for seniors

Chartwell seniors get social during craft hour.

As many studies suggest, socialization, engagement and maintaining meaningful relationships are critical for seniors’ overall health and wellness, and considered key to successful aging. At a retirement residence, there are many social opportunities available to residents. An environment conducive to conversation and building friendships, residing in a retirement home can be especially comforting for those individuals who have recently lost a spouse or close friend, or don’t have family living nearby. It’s also a great fit for seniors who live on their own, yet have social personalities, as community-living can provide them with daily interaction with caring staff and peers.

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Laughing through life together

Ralph and Judy

It was more than 50 years ago when Ralph Elliott first met Judy Crochane. Though the native-born Saskatchewanian was raised in beautiful prairie country, his work as a radarman with the Royal Canadian Air Force led to his eventual relocation to the busy metropolis of Montreal, where he was tasked with ensuring the Russians did not enter Canada via the North Pole during the Cold War. Years later, Ralph made a career change and began working for IBM, a good position which led him to installing a computer system at Crane Canada—and therefore to Judy.

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7 ways to beat the winter blues

Combat the winter blues this year by spending daytime outdoors.

Although winter is a cheerful, joyous time to ring in the holidays, it can sometimes put a damper on your mood, hence the coined term “winter blues.” According to Health Canada, the winter blues have an official term – Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD is a type of depression people experience during the winter season, usually when there is less natural light outside. It’s common for seniors to get the winter blues, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be stopped!

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Ask Our Experts: The role of socialization in seniors’ health and wellness

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A popular misconception that I’ve come across since I started in the industry 23 years ago is that seniors choose a retirement living lifestyle solely because they’ve experienced a health scare and now require the availability of care services—but that couldn’t be more untrue! In fact, many of the residents I’ve come to know well have chosen to move in for a variety of reasons: because they no longer wish to maintain a home (which entails a lot of work, as we all know—from cutting grass and shovelling driveways to every day clean-up and repairs), could benefit from some help with cooking nutritional meals or getting back and forth to appointments, or simply because they feel lonely living on their own. On this last point I’d like to talk further.

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