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.
Does love at first sight exist? If you were to ask Gina and Giuseppe of Chartwell Valley Vista Retirement Residence in Vaughan, Ontario, it most certainly does! This happy couple of 74 years is living proof.
‘Tis the season of showing loved ones how much we care—including those companions that come with four legs, two wings or even a few scales. For many older adults, pets are the love of their life—right up there with spouses, family and friends.
Sometimes, moving into a retirement community can be more than just a change of scenery and lifestyle. For Chartwell Imperial Place resident Norm, the experience was as sentimental as thumbing through an old photo album. Norm’s relationship with Chartwell Imperial Place Retirement Residence is a unique one, as his family has a strong connection to the home.
Just a few weeks ahead of Valentine’s Day—when some individuals may experience heightened feelings of loneliness over love—the U.K. government appointed the country’s first Minister for Loneliness to manage what has been called an “epidemic” of lonely people in the country.
Heart disease affects about 2.4 million Canadians and is the most common cause of disability worldwide. Nearly 80% of heart disease and stroke can be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices. Keep your heart strong by staying physically active, eating healthy foods, reducing stress, managing high-risk medical conditions, and drinking in moderation.