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.”
We love flowers. For the beauty that they have and the life that they create. We have a dozen different orchids in our bedroom. One of them is 14 years old. Having plants in the house is important, it gives you better air.
Chartwell Retirement Residences is embarking on a journey to provide the best dining experience for their residents. By collaborating with the best providers and distributors, Chartwell is striving to ensure that all of their homes are creating fresh, homemade meals that are flavourful, delicious and reflective of residents’ tastes.
For Jean Gordon, 99, teaching runs deep in her family. Growing up on a farm in Thornhill, Ontario, she explains that a career in education seemed the natural path to take since her mother and two siblings were already teachers. In 1939—the same year that Canada declared war on Germany—she began her more than 40-year-long career at a rural school in Dufferin County, where she taught 12 students of varying grades in a one-classroom schoolhouse. After marrying her husband, Joe, 97…
“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life,” said famous tennis player Arthur Ashe, and by this standard, Chartwell Cedarbrooke Retirement resident Heather Stewart truly has made life better for countless people.
“I’m the oldest in a family of 10 kids, and our mother was often sick. So I started cooking very young! I’m always trading recipes with my friend Lucette. When I find new recipes, I copy them down and give them to her. We each cook alone, then we get together and trade recipes.”
Listening to an upbeat song can raise your spirits, remind you of happier times and shift your attention from the negative to the positive. Music speaks to the soul and the human experience, and connects people from all walks of life through shared emotions. With all the incredible power of song, it’s no wonder that music therapy is an effective way to improve senior’s overall health and wellness.
A 79-year-old figure skater received a big surprise recently when she headed into the Granite Club ice rink in Toronto. She thought she was participating in a skating seminar, but as she walked into the dressing room to lace up, standing before her were three of Canada’s greatest skaters: Donald Jackson, Kurt Browning and Brian Orser.
Collecting stamps is my passion. There are a lot of ways of getting stamps. For example, you can buy somebody else’s collection or you can sometimes trade them. I’ve had stamps ever since I can remember. Each album is a different country. Some are 100 years old. Why do I collect them?
Is it possible that whisky is what’s flowing through the fountain of youth? Don Gordon, a resident at Chartwell Oak Park, celebrated his 101st birthday in May. He credits his long and healthy life to his habit of taking a shot of whisky every day.