February is the season of love and romance—not to mention cards, cupids and couples. But even if you’re not in a romantic relationship, or have recently lost a spouse, Valentine’s Day is also a reminder of why we should celebrate the importance of friendship and connecting with loved ones in our lives.
There’s no escaping it—winter is here in all its frosty glory. Bundled up in bulky coats and carefully navigating icy sidewalks, many retirees may feel the coldest season has more of a grip on their lives than they’d like. But winter doesn’t have to be hazardous to your health. It’s important to get out and about when conditions allow, but it’s also fine to spend more time indoors, participating in pastimes that are fulfilling and enjoyable.
One of the major benefits of living in a retirement home setting is finally having the time to pursue the hobbies that are most important to you. Instead of spending hours cooking, cleaning or maintaining a home, you can devote that energy to the things that really bring you joy.
Dale Carnegie’s classic How to Win Friends and Influence People introduced the idea that success in life is based on effective communication and building relationships – also two key components of making and keeping friends. What Carnegie couldn’t have known back in 1936 was that winning friends also helps you live longer.
The nature of seniors’ social networks impacts their health and sense of well-being, new research shows.
For children, playing and learning go hand in hand. A morning spent blowing bubbles or stacking building blocks can teach new skills, and pairing activities with time spent interacting with the community is even more beneficial. That’s what the Public Library on Wheels in Stratford, Ontario, and Chartwell Anne Hathaway Retirement Residence aimed to accomplish during their exciting program this summer, Acorns & Oak Trees.
Everyone loves to laugh, young or old. That’s the rationale behind the creation of a course for seniors at Simon Fraser University, called “Finding Your Funny: Discover Standup Comedy.”
Every year, Chartwell Retirement Residences embraces their corporate values of RESPECT through their “Living Our Corporate Values” challenge. It’s an opportunity to recognize and share some of the great examples of how their residences Make People’s Lives Better every day. This year, the winning team received a cash prize of $1,000 and a party to celebrate their achievement.
Sometimes, a kind word from a loved one or a game of chess with a close friend is all that’s needed to make you smile and lift your spirits. But as it turns out, social activity does more than make us grin – it helps support a healthy mind and body throughout retirement.
An active lifestyle is essential to overall health and wellness during retirement, and volunteering in your community is a great way to stay active while allowing you to give back. In addition, volunteering for causes that are important to you or for organizations that match your interests connects you with like-minded individuals who share your passions. These bonds can lead to strong social relationships, which are another essential element of healthy living.