Friendships between residents and staff blossom every day at Chartwell, but every once in a while a truly unique story emerges. Take for example Joan and Doris, who—after 60 years of being estranged from one another—reunited at Chartwell Queen’s Square Retirement Residence in Cambridge, Ontario.
At Chartwell, our food service team is always looking for unique ways to keep residents feeling both excited and satisfied during mealtime. After the runaway success of our National Pizza Day back in November, we decided to treat residents to another themed dining experience—National Fish & Chips Day!
Being physically active each day helps older adults improve balance, reduces falls, and helps prevent many chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis. Experts recommend 150 minutes of aerobic activity per week, and muscle-strengthening activities at least twice a week. Walking, swimming, cycling, dancing, carrying groceries, gardening and yoga are among the many activities you can choose from to maintain flexibility, strength and aerobic fitness.
Many older adults who decide to remain in the family home may find their world getting smaller as the years go by. I frequently talk with older adults about the potential for the home they have thought of as their “palace” to turn into a place that becomes less and less accessible they age. A health challenge or mobility issues can make it harder to get out and enjoy the things they love to do. Difficulty driving may also make it harder to get out and socialize. And, of course, our Canadian winters can add to these challenges!
There’s a reason why knitting has been around since 1000 AD—knitters not only produce warm items of clothing, but also receive a host of other surprising health and wellness benefits. Creative pursuits like crocheting, quilting, sewing and knitting are no longer just considered “busy work,” but are now being touted as hobbies that can make you happier and healthier at any age.
At 74 years old, it took Anne only 37:05 minutes to climb the CN Tower’s 1,776 steps to the top—what works out to be 144 flights of stairs! “I’m proud I beat 38 minutes, which was my time last year,” says the Chartwell Montgomery Village resident.
Chartwell Retirement Residences is hosting a National Spring Open House on Sunday, April 30th from 1-4 p.m. at all of our retirement communities across Canada. Join us at our family-friendly event to sample delicious food and refreshments, enjoy lively entertainment, meet our dedicated staff and take a look around.
Meet Midget Tuffin, a nine-year-old pup who moved into Chartwell Leamington Retirement Residence with her human companions, Ken and Elise, back in 2015.
At Chartwell Trilogy Long Term Care Residence in East Toronto, nothing is more important to staff than the happiness and health of their residents. With this in mind, the team headed into 2017 with a renewed sense of purpose and dedication, and decided to assemble a committee of staff who would help residents’ wishes come true through our Moments That Matter program.
It turns out that catchy slogan from a 1970s hair-colour commercial might actually be true. Many seniors will tell you that, rather than feeling their lives are in decline (as typical ageist stereotypes would have us believe), they’re sure their lives have never been better. And that’s not despite their age, but because of it.