No matter what your holiday celebration looks like, chances are music is an important part of the festivities. Singing in a choir, playing traditional favourites on the piano, listening to popular seasonal tunes on the radio, or dancing in the New Year to a big band orchestra are all great ways to enjoy the season.
‘Tis the giving season when many of us donate to our favourite charitable causes. We do it because we want to support our local and global communities, and because it makes us feel good—and did you know donations made before December 31st allow us an income tax credit, too?
Headaches affect 64% of women and 53% of men between 55 and 74, and 55% of women and 22% of men 75 and older. Older adults may experience headaches from secondary causes, such as medication overuse, with more frequently than younger adults. If headaches from secondary causes have been ruled out, lifestyle changes like getting enough sleep, not skipping meals, being physically active and reducing stress can ease headaches.
Martha Drexel of Chartwell Crescent Gardens in Surrey, B.C., and her granddaughter Kellie share a special bond. Spending time together brings them both great joy as they share a mutual love of gardening, helping others and enjoying Sunday lunches together. They developed a routine of seeing each other often and sharing their common interests well into Kellie’s young adult life.
With over 15 years experience under his belt, Josh is just getting started as a dynamo in the kitchen as the Food Service Manager at Chartwell Eau Claire in Calgary, Alberta. He loves sharing his passion for food and making sure that residents have the best dining experience possible — all in exchange for the stories, ideas and smiles they are willing to share with him.
As the song says, holidays are “the most wonderful time of the year.” Enjoying the company of family and friends, indulging in delicious holiday fare, and simply reflecting on this joyous time, all make this a special season. But when a too-busy schedule overwhelms you, consider these five stress-busting strategies to restore wonder and joy to your holiday celebrations.
The holiday season can be a wonderful time to gather with family and friends, but it can also be busy and sometimes stressful. Take care of your health by keeping physically active, washing your hands regularly and enjoying your favourite holiday foods in moderation. Manage stress by taking restful breaks, and connect with family, friends and your community to share positive feelings and boost your mood.
A few years ago, I stumbled upon the song “Closing Time” by Semisonic, and found it acknowledged the emotional complications of life transitions in one poignant line: “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” That sums up why people often feel quite ambivalent during a transition: we may be grieving the closing of one chapter in our life as we step into a new one. This is frequently true for an older adult if they are considering, or have decided, to move from the home they have been living in to a retirement residence.
Earlier this fall, residents and staff of Chartwell Belcourt Retirement Residence volunteered to show their support for Our Lady of Mount Carmel Elementary School in Ottawa, Ontario, where many refugee children attend and are in need of their community’s support.
When we hear the term “wellness,” it may conjure up the image of someone who is physically active and eating a healthy diet. Yet, wellness is so much bigger than that, and includes staying mentally and socially engaged in life, too. In fact, having a sense of purpose and meaning is a vital aspect of wellness.