At Chartwell Retirement Residences, respect is a top priority among staff and residents. In fact, Chartwell lists Respect, Empathy, Service, Excellence, Performance, Education, Commitment and Trust (RESPECT) as its corporate values, which each home and corporate office strives to exhibit on a daily basis. When they decided to hold a contest that encouraged creative entries describing how each home embodied these values, the submissions were both touching and inspiring.
Winter can be an isolating time of the year. Cold weather often forces people indoors for long stretches of time, and without technology, it can be difficult to socialize and stay connected with family and friends who don’t live nearby. Winter is therefore an ideal time for seniors to learn the ins-and-outs of social media and embrace technology!
Your morning cup of coffee may do more than just perk you up. Research from a number of sources has shown that drinking coffee has many potential health benefits.
When you think of an animal that may be used in therapy for seniors, your first thought may be a dog. Service dogs are trained to guide their owners in their daily activities, like getting ready for the day, safely crossing the street and more. Aside from their helpful qualities, they also provide unyielding love and companionship. However, there are other animals that can provide similar services and comfort for seniors with memory loss.
Although forgetfulness is a common problem experienced by older adults, in some cases it may be a symptom of something greater. According to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 747,000 Canadians were living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in 2011. That number is expected to increase to 1.4 million by 2031; however, there are steps that can be taken to detect dementia early and ensure the best possible care for your loved one.
Two innovative products have recently emerged which may become available in retirement communities over the next several years.
You and your parents have already determined that a move to a retirement residence is in the near future, and while it’s an exciting new chapter in their lives, it can also be a bit stressful for all parties involved. Planning a move to your parents’ new home requires a great deal of patience, understanding and organization, especially when it comes to determining which items will make the move with them. With your guidance, the move can be streamlined and downsizing can be accomplished in just a few months.
It’s common knowledge that music can help people of all ages not only get through tough times, but also celebrate the good ones.
Unless you or a loved one is personally affected by Alzheimer’s disease, it can be difficult to truly understand what it’s like. While it’s a serious condition, the disease can progress slowly and allow relationships and daily activities to resume as normal for a while. There’s a lot that a caregiver can do to support a loved one who’s been diagnosed. “Still Alice,” a film that’s set to hit theatres in Canada on January 23, may be able to shed some light on what it’s really like to live with the condition and spread more awareness on the disease in honour of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.
With January being Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time to review facts about the disease to better understand a loved one’s condition and lower your chances of developing it as well.