Canadian communities support healthy aging by becoming more age-friendly

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More than 900 cities and smaller communities across Canada have taken action to become more age-friendly since the World Health Organization launched its Global Age-Friendly Cities Project. Key features of age-friendly communities include safe, affordable housing and public transportation, opportunities for seniors to be socially active, and health and community support services. Long term care systems that provide quality care and support are also essential.

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Residence Spotlight: Chartwell Parkway

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A quaint, boutique-style seniors’ community situated in friendly Pickering, Ontario, Chartwell Parkway Retirement Residence is tucked in a quiet neighbourhood that’s minutes away from the city’s vibrant and growing city centre, which boasts a number of local amenities—from shopping plazas and restaurants to public transit. Well known in the Durham Region for its strong community reputation and homey atmosphere, Chartwell Parkway offers its residents a rewarding and engaging lifestyle, where individual needs are adapted and met by a team of dedicated and caring staff.

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#MomentsThatMatter – Father of the Bride

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Staff at Chartwell Duke of Devonshire in Ottawa were pleased to welcome Mr. Abdul Khanani to their elegant retirement community for a short stay back in September. After settling in, they learned that Abdul had decided to book his short stay visit because he thought it would be best to reside in an environment where his daily needs could be met with comfort, flexibility and top-notch customer service while his wife and family were away in Europe. For health reasons, he was unable to travel with them—and even more heart-wrenching, unable to attend his daughter’s wedding abroad.

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Attend Chartwell’s National “Fall Fest” Open House on September 18!

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If you feel your loved one could benefit from living in a retirement residence, there’s no better way to explore the option than to schedule an in-person visit at a local retirement home. Doing so will not only provide you or your loved one with insight regarding what it’s really like to live in a seniors’ community, but also help you to determine if a retirement living lifestyle is a good fit for your needs. That’s why Chartwell Retirement Residences is hosting a National “Fall Fest” Open House on Sunday, September 18 from 1-4 p.m. at all of our retirement communities across Canada.

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Tips for making the transition into a senior living community easier

Moving to a retirement community will expose you to a new group of people to socialize with!

Making the decision to move into a senior living community may seem a bit daunting at first, but the many benefits make the move worth it, as they can help you make the most of your retirement years. Not only can you can take advantage of care and support services that help to maximize your overall health, you’ll have easy access to opportunities for socialization and exercise on a regular basis, as well as the freedom to relax while staff take care of things like meals, housekeeping and laundry. If you’ve committed to moving to a senior living community, but are feeling nervous, don’t worry—it’s natural to feel that way about change! Here are a few tips on making the transition easier and more seamless.

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Downsizing tips: 3 helpful questions to ask yourself

Consider donating the items you do not want to take with you to your new home.

Once you’ve decided to move to a senior living community, one of the next tasks at hand is to start the downsizing process. Letting go of personal belongings can be stressful for some, especially if you associate them with certain moments in your life.  However, downsizing can actually be physically and mentally beneficial, according to The Huffington Post’s spotlight of Marie Kondo’s bestselling book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.”

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