Intergenerational relationships between young adults and older adults are mutually beneficial. These relationships provide both parties the opportunity to learn new skills, share their stories and to receive advice about situations in which they find themselves. In fact, in a 2009 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, it was noted that increased social activity is associated with better physical abilities in seniors.
At Chartwell Chatsworth Retirement Residence in Kelowna, BC, giving back to the local community is a philosophy woven into the fabric of the home. Both staff and residents are genuine believers in supporting worthy causes that positively impact the community as whole, and continue to raise thousands of dollars per year through annual fundraisers and Chartwell’s H.O.P.E. (Helping Others for Purposeful Engagement) vocational program.
A maître d’ warmly greets you and guides you to your white-linen table with upholstered dining chairs. The daily changing menu features fresh ingredients, and the buzz of conversation around the room hums. This isn’t the hot new restaurant in town, it’s the vision being planned for the dining room at Chartwell’s new Waterford Retirement Residence.
Dog walking doesn’t just give your canine pal a workout—it has big health benefits for you, too.A recent study by the University of Missouri and Miami University in Ohio found that seniors who walked dogs experienced greater mobility, lower body mass indexes and fewer doctor’s visits, the National Post reports.
For pet owners of all ages, a pet isn’t just an animal: it’s a member of the family. Between feeding, walking, bathing and a host of other responsibilities associated with pet ownership, being a caregiver to a furry or feathered friend no doubt requires a level of commitment—yet almost any pet owner can attest to the love and loyalty they receive far outweighing any work involved. But, aside from unwavering companionship, did you know owning a pet can positively impact your emotional and physical wellness, especially during your retirement years?
“Last year I cycled 2,200 kms. That’s a lot! This year, it’s only the beginning of the season now and I’ve already done 160km. I love going through the natural park, there are nice bike paths, it’s quiet and there are lots of birds.”
Having a bad day is common, but for some, feelings of sadness can last longer than 24 hours; in fact, it can last for days, weeks or even months. These feelings may be diagnosed as depression, a mental illness which can have negative effects on how individuals handle normal day-to-day activities. No matter at what age someone becomes depressed, it is a medical condition that requires attention and treatment.
At Chartwell Carrington House in Mission, BC, there’s nothing residents look forward to more than an activity calendar chock-full of interesting events and entertainment. Keeping in mind their active and social clients—many of whom enjoy a good party or outing, particularly when there’s opportunity to socialize and try something new and exciting—the Lifestyle team at Carrington House put a great deal of time and effort into events that will impress.
“I worked for stars: Peggy Lee, Tony Francis, Gilda…I made dresses from scratch, I designed them, I bought the material and I sewed them.”
Therapeutic recreation enables older adults to participate in stimulating recreation and leisure activities safely, regardless of limitations in their abilities. Studies show that recreational therapy programs can help improve your physical mobility, strength and flexibility, and increase your mental alertness. Group-related recreation activities also increase social bonds with others, reducing loneliness and depression, and boost your morale and quality of life.