One thing that makes Chartwell retirement residences truly unique places to live is the emotional support one receives from staff and residents upon moving in. Each retirement home has its own special sense of community, where friendships and creativity can flourish. Chartwell Colonel Belcher in Calgary, Alberta, is certainly one of those retirement communities.
Getting enough sleep is important for good health and cognition, while chronic poor sleep can affect reasoning, verbal abilities and increase the risk of depression. Being physically active daily, relaxing before bed and optimizing your sleep environment can improve sleep. Avoiding sleep disruptors, limiting naps and eating sensibly can also help you enjoy longer, more restful sleep.
What colour will your 2019 look like? A calming blue? An invigorating red? Or maybe a healthy green? While we don’t usually define our days in terms of the colour wheel, there’s no doubt that colour can help define our mood and influence how comfortable—and safe—we feel in our surroundings.
When it comes to big life changes, sometimes even when we’re clear about what to do and when to do it, there can still be things that block us from moving forward. Those blocks may be practical, or perhaps even emotional. Let’s explore this further.
Focusing on small, doable goals each day could have a big impact on your overall health. Eating more nutrient-dense foods, doing a variety of physical activities, thinking positively and stimulating your mind can help maintain or improve your cognitive and physical health. Staying socially connected, helping others, being creative and sharing laughs can lift your mood and promote healthy aging too.
The holidays are almost here! For many adult children who don’t live nearby their aging parents or perhaps don’t get the chance to visit often, this can be a wonderful time to catch up and enjoy cherished family traditions with mom or dad; however, it can also provide an opportunity to assess how they’re doing in terms of their physical, mental and emotional health.
The holiday season is a time to be joyful with family and friends, but for some older adults it can be stressful or socially isolating. You can reduce potential holiday stresses by reaching out to others, being physically active and enjoying treats in moderation. Pacing yourself and asking for help when you need it can also make the season less stressful and more festive.
Falls are the leading cause of injury among older Canadians, causing 85% of injury-related hospitalizations and 95% of all hip fractures. You can prevent falls by doing activities to improve your balance, strengthening your bones and wearing sensible shoes. Using appropriate mobility aids, if needed, bathing safely and reviewing medication side effects can also reduce the risk of falling.
Have you recently moved into a retirement residence? For some, it can take a while for a new place to feel like home; however, the holidays are the perfect time to enliven your new space with the holiday décor you look forward to putting out each year, as well as bring forward those old seasonal traditions that give you a sense of warmth, peace and happiness—that “at home” feeling. You may even find your new retirement community provides the chance to make new holiday memories.
Writing is an ancient and powerful form of communication and self-expression that also provides many physical, mental and emotional health benefits. Research studies have found expressive writing can help wounds heal faster, lessen symptoms for people with asthma and rheumatoid arthritis, and boost heart health. Writing about positive experiences can lift your mood and improve sleep too.