Staff at Chartwell Waterford Retirement Residence recently demonstrated their dedication to our vision by throwing a Random Acts of Kindness event. In an effort to build a kinder world, they decided on a creative—and delicious!— approach the event, meant to thank everyone at the residence and community partners for their continued support and generosity. So what made it so special?
A 2016 survey on seniors’ quality of life comparing those older adults living in retirement communities with those searching for one found that 70 per cent of current residents experienced an overall better quality of life than those not yet living in a retirement community. This included factors such as social well-being and nutrition.
Older adults generally report higher levels of contentment and well-being than teenagers and young adults. Research shows older adults are happier when they focus on their abilities, rather than limitations, and accentuate the positive. Life is more satisfying when you are active and engaged physically, socially and mentally, and learn each day.
When I ask people whom they think will help them when they get older, without hesitation most answer “my children.” It’s true that adult children are often a notable source of support as people age. And—if a person has adult children who haven’t always gotten along—they may tell me they know their kids will be […]
Researchers are developing new tools that harness technology to improve quality of life for older adults in different ways. Innovative tools like PostureCoach help caregivers to prevent back injuries, while social digital games can strengthen an older adult’s brain and social network. Assistive technologies, such as a smart glove, reduce tremors in people with Parkinson’s disease, and smart wheelchairs help people with mobility issues avoid collisions.
You don’t have to look hard for artistic talent at Chartwell Deerview Crossing Retirement Residence. In fact, walking through the front door, inspiring artwork is mere steps away. Four of resident Helen’s beautiful watercolour paintings decorate a dedicated wall on the ground floor, an honour given to her by the residence to celebrate her exceptional ability. But Helen is as prolific as she is talented, and these four pieces represent the tip of the iceberg.
Researchers located five small areas globally, known as “Longevity Blue Zones,” where people live the longest and are the healthiest. They found that people shared nine specific lifestyle traits that contributed to their good health and longevity. You can create your own personal Blue Zone by moving naturally, living with purpose, relaxing, eating moderately, putting family first and building strong social networks.
When posed with the question, How would you describe your life at your retirement residence?, Violet exclaims, “It’s anything but boring!” Having lived at her Chartwell residence for almost nine years now, she can certainly attest to what the lifestyle in a retirement community looks and feels like.
The sounds of a marching band stir memories in many of us – from standing on the sidelines at a St. Patrick’s Day parade to touring a historic fortress on a family vacation – but for one Chartwell resident, the sounds and rhythm have a much deeper meaning. For ninety-one-year-old Lloyd Sullivan of Chartwell Wynfield Long Term Care in Oshawa, Ontario, marching bands are a powerful link to his past as a member of Toronto’s Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada.
Nearly two-thirds of Canadians over 65 take five or more prescription drugs. Taking more medications than necessary increases the risk of adverse side effects and harmful interactions. A review of current medications with your doctor and pharmacist could help to eliminate some unnecessary or inappropriate medications. To manage chronic conditions and stay healthy, it’s also important to take the medications you do need exactly as prescribed.