Last month, Chartwell Chatsworth Retirement Residence showed its support for the Rutland Voodoos by organizing and hosting a fundraiser in an effort to help raise money for the supplies and fees the football team needs for the season. The night was a huge success, bringing over 100 seniors and other members of the community together to support the team.
Did you know that March is Fraud Prevention Month? According to the Competition Bureau of Canada, this annual public awareness campaign aims to prevent Canadians from becoming victims of fraud. March 2016 marks this unique effort’s 12th anniversary.
As Aurel and his daughter Maja tell it, life in the Dittrich family was a beautiful one growing up, filled with a kaleidoscope of precious memories together—like the clan gathering around the kitchen table to blow out candles on a home-made birthday cake, or boating along a crystal-blue lake in the Laurentians. The Croatian-born Chartwell resident and his wife, Zora, had two children in total, including Maja, the oldest. “Maja was my miracle baby,” Aurel smiles, a sparkle in his eye. “She was born on my birthday. Everyone who knows Maja knows how wonderful she is: she’s perfect to me.” Maja teases that she is indeed perfect, but her description of her father is equally as loving. “My dad is such an interesting man. Disciplined, yet funny, a hard-worker, yet loves to unwind with a glass of wine and a paint brush,” she says, adding: “He’s the patriarch of the family; a caring father and a model grandfather.”
The beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease marks a distinct time in your loved one’s life, and can pose significant changes for the entire family. According to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, this early stage is also known as mild Alzheimer’s disease. It may be a confusing time for all involved, as the change in your loved one’s lifestyle may only be slight at first, and therefore no one may connect differences in behaviour or memory to the onset of the disease.
Although Rita Essien-Ita has only been working at Chartwell Queens Garden Long Term Care for 11 months, she’s already made a huge impact on her residents and staff team. A Personal Care Provider, Rita came to Canada in 2002 as an international student from South Africa looking for a better life.
Waking up everyday gives you the opportunity for a fresh start and a chance to make improvements to your life. Now that spring has arrived, why not use the new season as a fresh, clean slate and make a few adjustments to your lifestyle? In fact, the warm weather itself may inspire you to improve your lifestyle this month, as the Canadian Mental Health Association says that Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as Seasonal Depression, is likely to subside as winter comes to an end. Here are six small, simple changes you can make this spring to improve your health and truly enjoy your retirement!
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia takes dedication, love and patience. Seniors living with dementia can have difficulty remembering things and communicating with others, which may discourage them from interacting at all. Changes in mood can also be an effect of dementia, so it’s important to keep your loved one’s behavioural challenges in mind when approaching them.
Unfortunately, it is common for seniors to experience issues when attempting to fall asleep as a result of the natural aging process, which can cause normal changes in sleeping patterns. However, experiencing sleep disturbances in the night and waking up tired everyday are not normal, according to Helpguide, and should be taken care of as soon as possible. Here’s how.
This past January, one of Chartwell Wynfield’s most inspiring residents, Mariette “Maria” Barszczewicz, celebrated her 107th birthday. She got to spend time with her family and was surprised by friends and staff with a joyful birthday get-together. As she celebrated, she looked back on her life and the events that made her the woman she is today—including the war that would change everything.
MISSISSAUGA, ON — February 29, 2016 – Chartwell Retirement Residences announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Duke of Devonshire Retirement Residence in Ottawa, Ontario for $63.6 million.