Imagine living the first 16 years of your life being able to see colours, shapes and all of nature’s splendour, only to have your vision fade into darkness. It’s a difficult reality for anyone to manage—yet one that Florence, a resident of Chartwell Robert Speck in Mississauga, Ontario, faced with strength, perseverance and a positivity the likes of which few possess.
Seniors choose to move to a retirement residence for many different reasons—and all expect to enjoy a worry-free lifestyle with the freedom to live the way they want. What many don’t realize, however, is that beyond their initial expectations, making the move to a seniors’ home can actually have surprising health benefits too.
A positive outlook on life and aging is associated with a lower risk of heart disease and greater longevity. Older adults with an optimistic outlook tend to recover faster from injury or disability, have a lower risk of chronic disease and a reduced risk of memory loss. Fortunately, studies show that optimism can be learned and pessimists can develop positive thinking skills through practice to support better health.
Can living in a retirement residence improve your health? It turns out a number of the reasons seniors choose to move into a retirement community are the same factors that can provide a multi-faceted health boost for both mind and body.
By asking yourself a few pertinent questions, you’ll learn more about what you really want from your next home and will be able to successfully choose one that suits you. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
Are your retirement years really the best of your life? “Yes!” says a 2016 Merrill Lynch/Age Wave report on leisure in retirement. According to the report, retirees aged 65 to 74 reported having more fun than any other age group surveyed.
The scent of freshly-baked goods often fills the hallways of Chartwell Park Place Retirement Residence, thanks to an on-site country kitchen that residents make use of when they feel the urge to do some cooking or baking. Case in point: resident Wilmot “Wim” Pattenden, who absolutely loves using the amenity space to bake all kinds of tasty treats year-round.
Here are three questions to ask yourself if you’re considering hiring personal or home care to stay in your home longer:
A UBC study found that older adults are more likely to stick with a fitness plan if they exercise with people of a similar age. Group exercise classes offer the combined benefits of physical and social activities for healthy aging. These include a lower risk of disability, depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and premature death, improved balance, as well as better cognitive health and quality of life.
Antoine Normand, 77, of Chartwell Monastere d’Aylmer in Gatineau, Quebec, describes himself as a “Don Quichotte with a mission.” Known for his generosity and unique sense of humour, he devoted his entire life to advocating for others and encouraging Canadian citizens to seize opportunities to better their lives.