As Northern Albertan communities continue to grapple with the impact of the Fort McMurray wildfires, Chartwell Cedarbrooke Retirement Residence and local organizations have banded together to try to ease feelings of helplessness and instill hope.
Who ever thought that a simple milk bag could be turned into a bed for people around the world who have nowhere to rest their heads at night? Chartwell Harwood is doing just that, transforming trash into treasure through a creative program. Residents meet twice a month to weave together emptied and cleaned milk bags into sturdy beds that are then sent to those in need worldwide.
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.
“I played for the Canadiens hockey team. We won the Stanley Cup in the 1952-53 season.
Every week I receive letters from fans like this one: ‘Hello NHL player Mr. Paul Meger. It’s my great honour to write to you this letter. My name is Jacob, I come from Slovakia. My big hobby is collecting signatures, photos and hockey cards. I would like to ask you to sign the hockey card of you that I sent. I wish you success. Your fan, Jacob.’”
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.
Chartwell Kanata resident Juanita Snelgrove celebrated her 100th birthday on May 20, 2016, amid all the fanfare and celebration deserving of someone who has spent her life overcoming the odds and making her community a better place.
Sunny skies are finally here and summer is right around the corner, so that means it’s a great time to take your physical activity outside. By exercising in the great outdoors, you can enjoy the beautiful weather, which lifts your mood and spirits, and maintain an active lifestyle that promotes good physical and cognitive health.
As DJ Jack holds the needle over the album and his fellow residents eagerly await the first crackle of the vinyl, he introduces one of his favourite artists, Max Bygraves, a stand-alone comedian and singer of the 50s and 60s. The melodious sounds of “If You Were the Only Girl in the World” lift from the vinyl into the hearts of his audience, taking them back to the carefree days of youth and romance.
To lead a happy, fulfilling retirement lifestyle, it’s important to take a holistic approach to wellness. Emotional, physical and psychological health are all essential to overall well-being and quality of life. Practicing strong wellness habits may seem overwhelming, but little changes to your daily routine may make a big difference.
Keith Hunter leads a charmed life—and he’s devoted to sharing that charm with others. At 90 years old, Keith, a resident at Chartwell Montgomery Village Retirement Residence in Orangeville, is recognized as Canada’s oldest magician.Keith’s skills of illusion and sleight of hand have brought him from the glamour of Chateau Lake Louise to the neon frenzy of Las Vegas, and placed him in the star-studded company of celebrities like Angie Dickinson, John McDermott and Dave Broadfoot.