Older adults are more vulnerable to conditions such as gum disease, dry mouth and sensitive teeth. Take good care of your gums by brushing and flossing twice daily, and sip water often to relieve dry mouth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and avoid acidic food and drinks to ease pain from sensitive teeth. Dentures and implants also need good daily care, just like regular teeth.
Chartwell Harbours residents Gerry and Flo, who have been together for well-over half a century, prove true love exists. Their relationship has defined them since they were both children—based on devotion, respect and compromise—and is a true inspiration to their friends, family and fellow residents at their retirement community in Calgary.
If you were to ask an adult child if they would like their parent to have companionship in their later years, he or she would likely say “yes.” However, most just don’t expect that companionship to come in the form of their parent dating! From experience with my clients, I have found that if a parent has a romantic relationship in their later years, it can be an uncomfortable change for their adult children. It stirs up surprising emotions and is an Essential Conversation most people don’t want to have – parent or adult child! So what is all this discomfort about and how can we get through this with more ease and harmony?
Chartwell Retirement Residences is hosting a National Open House on Sunday, April 29th 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 freely take a look around.
Although people can develop cancer at any age, the risks increase as a person gets older. Appropriate screening for breast and colorectal cancers can help detect cancer at an early, treatable stage. Healthy habits, like physical activity, eating nutritious foods and drinking alcohol in moderation can prevent up to 40% of cancer cases.
Raymond Parent, 67, of Chartwell Jardins Laviolette in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, is known for being a kind-hearted, courageous senior who dedicates his time to the service of others. Growing up in a loving family, he had great admiration for his father, Fernando, a WWII hero who piloted many different aircraft, but mainly the Halifax Bomber.
A popular misconception that I’ve come across since I started in the industry many 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.
Regular and appropriate exercise can offer many valuable benefits for people living with chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or joint pain. Tailoring exercise to the condition allows you to exercise safely, gain specific benefits that may improve symptoms and overcome illness-related limitations. Chair aerobics help people with mobility issues keep their hearts strong, while balancing activities help people with osteoporosis avoid falls and fractures.
March is National Nutrition Month, a great time to take a look at your eating habits. Seniors have unique nutritional requirements—and meeting those requirements is key to staying healthy and active, whether you’re 65 or 105.
On March 8th, women around the world celebrated their achievements, history and importance in society for 2018’s International Women’s Day. Chartwell was no different, with residences across the country proudly showing their support on the momentous day.