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Here, you’ll find articles and stories submitted by Comfort Life member communities, people and organizations that specialize in senior care and healthy (and happy) retirement living. If you’re looking for the official Comfort LIfe guide on retirement planning and living, please start here.


 

City of Surrey Virtual Tree Lighting Festival 2020

by: Camellia Residences

Camellia Residences is proud to be a Community Partner to the City of Surrey's Virtual Tree Lighting Festival. Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 ... Read more

The Terraces create individual experiences

by: Terraces of Baycrest Retirement Residence

Residents, clients and patients experience Baycrest in different ways, benefiting not only from programs and care but from our research and innovatio... Read more

Kingsbridge Retirement Residence Special Grandparent Celebration

by: Kingsbridge Retirement Community by Signature

The Kingsbridge Retirement Residence proudly celebrated grandparents living in their community. ... Read more

FLATO Developments releases Edgewood Suites, independent adult community in Dundalk

by: Edgewood Suites

On July 18, community builder FLATO Developments launched Edgewood Suites, its flagship adult living community in Dundalk, via a virtual preview event... Read more

Bradford couple celebrates 70th wedding anniversary at The Elden

by: The Elden of Bradford

Couple still holds hands down the hallway after 70 years of marriage. ... Read more

BUILDING A COMMUNITY OF KINDNESS

by: Wellings of Corunna

In this extraordinary time of uncertainty, we’ve had to adapt at a rapid rate, even though our world feels like it’s in slow motion as the pandemic pause continues. The type of change we’re facing all over the world with quarantining, physically distancing and wearing masks is unmatched and it can take a toll on us. Nobody has an answer for when the COVID-19 virus will wrap up and the not knowing as well as the changing social norms we’ve had to adjust to can make us feel anxious. In many ways we’re witnessing a... Read more

Responsive, immediate action kept Hamilton retirement residence ahead of the curve

by: St. Elizabeth Village

When the St. Elizabeth Retirement Residence in Hamilton heard the news about the first COVID-19 outbreaks in B.C., the team decided to take immediate ... Read more

NEWS

Community at heart of retirement living.

by: St. Elizabeth Village

Bruce and Jan Mochrie were considering a costly renovation to the Ancaster house they had called home for 42 years when their son encouraged them to c... Read more

Community Update - The Crossing

by: The Crossing

Here is a glimpse at the exciting developments taking place in our community, which include the construction of a new Social Center, Apartment Buildin... Read more

Carp Commons Expressions of Love

by: Carp Commons Retirement Village

Carp Commons residents and family members thank you scrapbook... Read more

Richmond Hill Residence Welcomes New Residents in Style

by: Richmond Hill Retirement Residence

Richmond Hill Residence Welcomes New Residents in Style... Read more

Kindness as a Super Power

by: Wellings of Waterford

Doesn’t it fill your heart when you see a person being kind?  In this turned upside down world, kindness powers us up when we feel dishe... Read more

Douglas Gilmour | Stories from the Green Bench

by: The Village of Riverside Glen

94 year old Douglas Gilmour shares his advice on what the 'younger generation' should focus on now, and how overcoming challenges impacts our lives.... Read more

PERSONAL STORIES

PARC Living Responds to COVID-19

by: PARC Retirement Living

Health & Safety is our highest priority PARC is treating the COVID-19 virus very seriously, given the severe health consequences this virus would have... Read more

NEWS

The Power of Wisdom

by: Nautical Lands Group

We are so blessed to be surrounded by people over 55, their wisdom and ability to see through the obstacles is refreshing and inspiring.Today, we shar... Read more

INNOVATION

5 REASONS TO MOVE INTO A BRIA COMMUNITY TODAY

by: Bria Communities

As Covid-19 wears on, many seniors and their loved ones are aware of the need to make a lifestyle change. Here are 5 reasons to make the move now.... Read more

NEWS

Social Distancing at Oceana PARC Retirement Living

by: Oceana PARC

Ben, a resident Oceans PARC wrote a letter to share his first-hand experience about what life during COVID-19 feels like. ... Read more

PERSONAL STORIES

Annual Super Senior Bonspiel

by: Hazelton Place Retirement Residence

Over the past several years, Verve Senior Living Communities have been proud sponsors of the “Annual Super Senior Bonspiel” at the Toronto... Read more

'It Just Feels Like Home' at Wentworth Heights

by: The Village of Wentworth Heights

Anne Whittle and Ruth Chasty sit together in the lounge off Main Street in The Village Wentworth Heights. Other tables are filled with fellow resident... Read more

When Age is Just a Number

by: Hazelton Place Retirement Residence

Hazelton Place Retirement Residence is proud to congratulate our resident, Lou Hollander, on completing his bachelor’s degree with Majors in History and Political Science from the University of Toronto. He is believed to be the oldest University of Toronto graduate in 2019 at the age of 84. After a successful career in Business, Lou decided to go back to school and in 1995 he enrolled at the University of Toronto to pursue yet another degree.

Lou’s early career started with a factory cleaning job after which he moved on... Read more

The New Influencers: Why Boomers are changing foodservice

by: Delmanor Seniors Communities

The want for healthy, tasty, unique and entertaining meal choices isn’t changing, and boomers aren’t afraid to put their money where their mouth i... Read more

LIFESTYLE

The New Influencers: Why Boomers are changing food service

by: Delmanor Elgin Mills

By Divakar Raju - originally published on Restobiz.ca http://www.restobiz.ca/new-influencers-boomers-changing-foodservice/ While we tend ... Read more

2020 Top Choice Award

by: Harmony Hill Retirement Community

As a 2020 Top Choice Award Winner, they have proven their dedication to their city by consistently providing excellence through their services. 5 star... Read more

NEWS

Respite Care

by: Harmony Hill Retirement Community

I recently stayed here in respite care following a hip replacement. I was here for three full weeks and will unconditionally recommend staying here to anyone. Even though I was in temporary respite I was afforded all the respect and amenities of a full time resident.... I was very impressed with the variety of meals and the regularity of fresh fruit and salads...I was able to experience the coconut and banana (yes real bananas) cream pies.

What a wonderful caring and sharing bunch of people. You made me feel very welcome.

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Delmanor’s Sheldon Gould will change how you think about retirement home dining

by: Delmanor Seniors Communities

Certified Red Seal Chefs give 5-star restaurants a run at quality, variety, and taste.... Read more

LIFESTYLE

GISELE POIRIER, SENIOR REAL ESTATE SPECIALIST PARTNERS WITH WILDPINE

by: Wildpine Retirement Residence

At Wildpine, we are excited to partner with Gisele Poirier.  Gisele is a Senior Real Estate Specialist who’s passion is to help people especially Seniors with every step of the process, from helping them downsize their belongings to selling their family home and moving into a retirement community.  "The Big Step in life is when you have to move on from so many memories," says Gisele, "this is the time in life to think about you!"  Gisele is a trained professional tactical negotiator and trained by Rea... Read more

STITTSVILLE FRIENDSHIP CLUB HOLIDAY LUNCH

by: Wildpine Retirement Residence

Our November 28th General Meeting and Christmas Luncheon was another great success. This month we were served a full-blown Christmas Turkey Dinner ... Read more

Sneak Peek Of The Town Square

by: St. Elizabeth Village

October 17, 2017 A vibrant commercial centre at the heart of The Village at St. Elizabeth Mills will offer residents and guests a dynamic place to ... Read more

Living With Dementia

by: Delmanor Seniors Communities

How family and friends can help support their loved one living wih dementia and memory loss. ... Read more

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Digital Storytelling Program

by: Thornebridge Gardens

Digital Story Telling – Strengthening our Heritage

New Westminster has long been proud of its community and its heritage. It is not surprising then that the Digital Story project, with the support of the Simon Fraser University team, is helping to build unity between the generations thus strengthening that heritage. The 10 week program digital storytelling project, in collaboration with Thornebridge Gardens, has through its programs, policies, and practices increased cooperation, interaction, and exchang... Read more

Why 80 is the new 70

by: Delmanor Seniors Communities

Forget about chronological age, and focus on your psychological age. Stay young with attitude. Here's how.... Read more

HEALTH & WELLNESS

10 Devices all older adults should know about

by: Delmanor Seniors Communities

Essential technology for Seniors. Here are 10 of the best devices that all seniors should embrace. ... Read more

LIFESTYLE

School isn’t just for the young

by: Delmanor Seniors Communities

Learning helps keep us relevant, mentally sharp, and young in mind and body, Here's why a lifetime of learning empowers us particularly in our senior ... Read more

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Best activities for a healthy mind and body

by: Delmanor Seniors Communities

8 Easy exercises suited to older adults to keep you strong, flexible, and stable.... Read more

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Healthy eating tips for seniors

by: Delmanor Seniors Communities

The older we get, the more important nutitional content becomes. 7 tips for smart food choices to keep you healthy longer. ... Read more

HEALTH & WELLNESS

The Myth of Independence

by: Prince of Peace

There is an African proverb that says, "It takes a village to raise a child. I think it takes a community to support an elder"

- Maureen Osis, Gerontological Nurse and  Family Therapist. 

Fro mthe time we're two and declaring "no"! - or "no way"! until we are two-plus-ninty, we value our independenace. BUt as much as we value this freedcome as we age into our 0's and 90's we neeed to recognize constrinates to our self-reliance, such as increase... Read more

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Alavida's communities are 'a great way to live'

by: Promenade Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

When Alavida Lifestyles opened their Ravines location four years ago, Peggy Moffatt and her husband Jim were one of the first couples to move in. Peggy’s now 80, Jim just turned 90, and they both feel “the past four years have been great!” “It’s a great way to live,” she said. “It’s like being on a cruise ship — you have all your meals and entertainment. In the winter on a miserable day, you don’t have to go out, we have a pool party!” <... Read more

Alavida's communities are 'a great way to live'

by: Park Place Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

When Alavida Lifestyles opened their Ravines location four years ago, Peggy Moffatt and her husband Jim were one of the first couples to move in. Peggy’s now 80, Jim just turned 90, and they both feel “the past four years have been great!” “It’s a great way to live,” she said. “It’s like being on a cruise ship — you have all your meals and entertainment. In the winter on a miserable day, you don’t have to go out, we have a pool party!” <... Read more

Discover the Delmanor Difference

by: Delmanor Seniors Communities

As a proud member of the Tridel Group of Companies, Delmanor offers a spectacular turn-key lifestyle with convenient locations throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

If you enjoy travelling south for the winter or want to head to the family cottage for the summer; our full-service lifestyle alleviates the worry of home maintenance while you enjoy a favourite destination. The Delmanor team will be here to welcome you home upon your return.

At Delmanor, we’re dedicated to establishing service that shows. If you&rsq... Read more

INNOVATION

The Importance of a Daily Routine

by: Harbour Hill Retirement Community

The Importance of Routine for the Older Adult Whether we like it or not most of us are creatures of habit.  When we were younger, we liked the spontaneity in a situation, however as we age we like less excitement and more routine.

Why is that?  Most of us are afraid of the unknown, the loss of control, losing our memory or independence.  Routine makes us less anxious, feeling more secure and actually we do sleep better.

In becoming more forgetful when we age, there is a natural fear that our lives or health... Read more

The Importance of a Daily Routine

by: Harbour Hill Retirement Community

The Importance of Routine for the Older Adult Whether we like it or not most of us are creatures of habit.  When we were younger, we liked the spontaneity in a situation, however as we age we like less excitement and more routine.

Why is that?  Most of us are afraid of the unknown, the loss of control, losing our memory or independence.  Routine makes us less anxious, feeling more secure and actually we do sleep better.

In becoming more forgetful when we age, there is a natural fear that our lives or health... Read more

How to know when it is time to stop driving?

by: Harbour Hill Retirement Community

How to Know when it is time to stop driving 

For most of us driving is a necessity - especially when we live in rural communities where public transportation is not available.

Our seniors have expressed their angst is how they will get their weekly groceries, attend appointments or need to rely on others.  It is another loss at the time of life when there may have been other losses and once again, they realize, they are losing their independence.

The prevailing question should always be, “am I je... Read more

How to know when it is time to stop driving?

by: Harbour Hill Retirement Community

How to Know when it is time to stop driving 

For most of us driving is a necessity - especially when we live in rural communities where public transportation is not available.

Our seniors have expressed their angst is how they will get their weekly groceries, attend appointments or need to rely on others.  It is another loss at the time of life when there may have been other losses and once again, they realize, they are losing their independence.

The prevailing question should always be, “am I je... Read more

Moving into a Senior Retirement Community

by: Queensview Retirement Community

RETIREMENT COMMUNITY LIVING
Your Questions Answered by Dawn Lyons

Dawn is the GM of Queensview Retirement Community, and has over 25 years of experience. If you have any questions on retirement living email: [email protected]

Moving into a Senior Retirement Community.

Having made the decision to move into a retirement community, it’s time to start planning and packing.  Here are a few tips ... Read more

Safe Senior Travelling Tips

by: Harbour Hill Retirement Community

Safe Senior Travel Tips

Travelling in our senior years can be interesting and fun, while enriching our lives with new experiences.

Often we hear seniors say “I don’t travel anymore, now I need some help getting around”. Don’t let minor disabilities and special needs deter you from travelling. Most places can meet your needs, and are accommodating. Whether you need oxygen, a walker, a wheelchair or assistance from another person, travel can continue to be something enjoyable with a little extra plan... Read more

V!VA Mississauga celebrates 5th anniversary

by: V!VA Mississauga

On a beautiful Thursday afternoon in Mississauga, Community Members gathered in the main lobby of V!VA Mississauga Retirement Community to celebrate their community’s 5th year anniversary.

The theme for this years celebration was, “Grow With Us” – fitting as many Community Members and Team Members have been with V!VA Mississauga since it opened in 2011. Community Members enjoyed delicious hor d'oeuvres and chatting with friends while local pianist, Ron Adea, performed classical music on the baby... Read more

Are you getting enough fluids?

by: Harbour Hill Retirement Community

Are you getting enough fluids?

Most seniors do not take in enough fluids to keep themselves hydrated.  Dehydration is a common issue with seniors.  Although dehydration is often associated with inadequate fluid intake, it can also be caused by sweating, blood loss, diarrhea, taking fluid pills, or diabetes.

As we age we also do not feel thirst as we once did, hence we consume less water and are more prone to becoming dehydrated.  If left untreated one may require hospitalization or even die.

So wh... Read more

Safety in Driving - When it's time to talk

by: Queensview Retirement Community

RETIREMENT COMMUNITY LIVING 

Your Questions Answered by Dawn Lyons

Dawn Lyons General Manager, Queensview Retirement Community

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As General Manager of Queensview Retirement Community, and over 25 years of experience, I know that more of us are needing to make smart retirement decisions and I’m happy to help. Email me your inquiries on retirement living: [email protected] Read more

Therapeutic Tub Experience... It's not just a bath

by: Queensview Retirement Community

Health and Wellness is an essential care element at Queensview.

The new therapeutic tub and massage chair are now available to be booked.

A new amenity for our residents!

For decades , Doctors have been praising the benefits of hydrotherapy on our health including, pain relief, enhanced mobility, reduction of symptoms associated with arthritis and overall well being. Our therapeutic tub is temperature controlled and full of whirlpool j... Read more

Celebrate the Grand Opening of "The Link" , at Harbout Hill Retirement Community

by: Harbour Hill Retirement Community

The Grand Opening of the Link addition at Harbour Hill Retirement Community is May 12th from 2-4pm.

The new link provides another 4000 plus square feet for the residents of Harbour Hill and will further provide hair services, registered massage therapy and manicure services to the community at large.

The first floor addition adds a common room, therapeutic tub and massage therapy area for the residents. This nows gives the community more space for gatherings, games, television. 

The se... Read more

Hanging on to Clutter

by: Harbour Hill Retirement Community

Many of us have had the experience of going into an older adults’ home to find clutter and an over- abundance of items they no longer use.  Hanging on to items for sentimental reasons, or thinking that they may need an item at a later date may be partially a reason that decluttering has not occurred. 

Having clutter may increase the risk of falls, lead to unsanitary conditions or even make it difficult for paramedics to reach you in an emergency. 

Cluttering is when people hang on to too many items th... Read more

Alzheimers - Finding your way

by: Queensview Retirement Community

January is National Alzheimers month.

Please take the time to view this video:

It’s a  special message from Mario Sergio the Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs on Alzheimer Awareness Month. How this January, we acknowledge the many Ontarians affected by these conditions, and encourage all Ontarians to learn more about the disease and how they can help those seniors and families affected! http://bit.ly/1ObeJi4

This video talk... Read more

January is Alzheimers Month

by: Queensview Retirement Community

Did you know:January is National Alzheimers Month. It is a disease that impacts so many of us in profound ways. Thank you to the Alzheimer's Society for all the work you do in our communities- here's how you can help:

Each January thousands of Canadians participate in Walk for Alzheimer's, Make Memories Matter- you can participate,sponsor or donate to make a difference and strive for a world without this disease; here is the link:

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Making Memories with your Family

by: Harbour Hill Retirement Community

As General Manager of Harbour Hill Retirement Community, and over 25 years of experience, I’m happy to help with any questions you may have with regard to living a good life in retirement. Email me your inquiries on retirement living: [email protected]

MAKING FAMILY MEMORIES

During this holiday s... Read more

Making Family Memories

by: Queensview Retirement Community

RETIREMENT COMMUNITY LIVING
Your Questions Answered by Dawn Lyons

As General Manager of Queensview Retirement Community, and over 25 years of experience, I’m happy to help with any questions you may have with regard to living a good life in retirement. Email me your inquiries on retirement living: [email protected]

MAKING FAMILY MEMORIES

During this  Read more

Preparing for Wintertime Challenges

by: Harbour Hill Retirement Community

Preparing for Wintertime Challenges

Vida Proctor, is the General Manager at Harbour Hill and has over 25 years in the elder care sector. We are here to help, please email your questions to her, [email protected]

Chilling temperatures and treacherous winter conditions can often be a challenge during the winter months.  Even simple things like going to the grocery store or picking up mail become a concern.  Here are a few things to keep in mind to help seniors safe during the cold and snowy season:Read more

Be Prepared for the Winter Challenges

by: Empire Crossing by Esprit Lifestyle Communities

Hi my name is Julie Inglis, General Manager of Empire Crossing .We are focused on keeping our loved ones independent for as long as possible.

 Email me your inquiries on retirement living:[email protected]

 Preparing for the unique challenges of wintertime weather.

Chilling temperatures and treacherous winter conditions can wreak havoc on all of us our during ... Read more

Exercise ,the Key to Healthy Aging

by: Harbour Hill Retirement Community

Exercise, the Key to Healthy Aging

As we grow older, we often find ourselves making excuses as to why we do not exercise.  We tell ourselves that exercise is boring, we are in too much pain, we fear we may injure ourselves or that we are too old to start. Often these are messages bear little value and hold us back to a healthier, and more fulfilling independent life. 

If  your goal is to remain as independent as possible as you age, an active lifestyle is more important than ever.  Exercise can man... Read more

Preparing for unique challenges in the wintertime

by: Queensview Retirement Community

As General Manager of Queensview Retirement Community, and over 25 years of experience, I know that more of us are needing to make smart retirement decisions and we’re happy to help. Email me, Dawn Lyons,  your inquiries on retirement living: [email protected]

 Preparing for the unique challenges of wintertime weather.

... Read more

Preventing Senior Falls

by: PARC Retirement Living

One moment you’re reaching for that teapot on the upper shelf of your kitchen. The next, you’re on the floor writhing in pain, chastising yourself for having not been more careful.

It’s oh too common. One-third of people aged 65 years and over typically fall once or more in any calendar year, and nearly one-half of people in long-term care facilities were admitted because they had a fall.

Break your hip, and it can be even worse. Half of those who do, never regain their pre-fall level of functioning. The... Read more

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Real Life Resident Stories - Dorothy H.

by: Summerhill PARC

 “I’ve never been so busy in my entire life.”

Dorothy, an upbeat resident at Summerhill PARC, has never had a schedule quite like this. It’s no wonder. She is always on the go. Although she only just moved in six months ago, Dorothy already has a great social network, fitness regime and activities to keep her busy.

Dorothy says she’s never felt so energized. “I attend exercise classes three times a week, join the bus excursions, I play BINGO and go to the casino,&r... Read more

Real Life Resident Stories - Sylvia

by: Summerhill PARC

“I’m so happy I made the move.”

Sylvia has always been a busy person – in between raising her two daughters she did lots of volunteer work, and has always kept active. But she never could have known that she’d learn so many new skills in independent retirement living. Sylvia decided to make a move soon after her husband passed away because she “wanted to be around people”; she liked Summerhill PARC as soon as she walked through the door.

Several years ago, as a ne... Read more

Real Life Resident Stories - Mona

by: Westerleigh PARC

“The garden is a joy.”

To Mona, life is one big adventure. “My only wish would be to live my life all over again”, she says. With her twinkling blue eyes and sharp sense of humour, she’s always in the mood for fun. When the Westerleigh hosted their Downton Abbey Tea Party, most of the residents attended in dress attire and millinery, but not Mona. In typical tongue-in-cheek style, she appeared in a maid’s costume, carrying a silver tea tray, to represent the “downstairs sta... Read more

Real Life Resident Stories - Dave

by: Westerleigh PARC

“We’ve met so many interesting people.”

Dave’s career as a geophysicist took himself and his family around the globe, and although he and his wife have now settled in at the Westerleigh, they are far from slowing down. The couple still travel regularly to visit the many friends they made in the almost two decades they lived in Australia. “It’s nice to go on a trip and not think about your house”, says Dave. “Lots of people here at the Westerleigh travel.”

... Read more

Real Life Resident Stories - Henry

by: Cedar Springs PARC

“Enjoying the view from the top”

As a lifelong skier and mountaineering enthusiast who has volunteered as a safety patrol officer in Whistler for the past 26 years, Henry can’t say enough about the location of Cedar Springs PARC. “We have mountain trails on our doorstep, beaches and waterways for paddling. This is a huge advantage to other seniors’ residences. It makes this place unique.”

Henry is an avid hiker and regularly heads to the Baden-Powell and other nearby mo... Read more

Real Life Resident Stories - Jim

by: Mulberry PARC

“Everything you need is here.”

For Jim, life began in the Kootenays, and although he left as a young man, his heart remains in Kaslo, BC. So much so, that Jim and his wife Ruth, hobbyist tour guides for 35 years, regularly take groups to the area, where Jim recounts colourful tales of miners and early settlers while leading treks on wilderness trails. Last year, at the age of 89, he hiked to the top of Idaho Mountain, enjoying a view that has captivated him for decades.

Some of the Mulberry PA... Read more

Understanding short term stays and recuperative stays

by: Empire Crossing by Esprit Lifestyle Communities

Understanding Respite and Convalescent stay options

It is often easy to be confused with the different types and styles of care offered in retirement living communities.  Knowledge of the different terminology with regard to services offered will make your choices much easier. Respite and convalescent care are very specific terms used in our industry, and I am hopeful this article will shed some light on those two areas of care. In easier terms, just for reference, let's think of them as short... Read more

Fire Safety and Senior Living

by: Queensview Retirement Community

FIRE SAFETY AND SENIORS

Fire safety is a crucial issue for seniors who choose to live in their own home. Those caring for aging loved ones who wish to remain at home need to understand the fire risks and how to deal with them. The physical and mental impairments that tend to accompany aging tend to reduce older adults' reaction times and place them at a higher risk for causing fires, and thus at a higher risk of fire injury.

Here are several tips for addressing senior fire safety.

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PARC Retirement Living provides financial assistance to senior-focused programs

by: Mulberry PARC

PARC Retirement Living was very pleased to present sponsorship cheques recently to two Burnaby associations whose efforts and values are well aligned with PARC’s.

On Tuesday, July 21st, Mulberry PARC’s General Manager, Jerilyn Lee, was very proud to present a $12,000 cheque to the Seniors Active in Living program at Confederation Community Centre of Burnaby, BC. Then on Wednesday, July 22nd, she presented an $11,000 cheque on behalf of PARC Retirement Living to the executive and administration of Edmonds Health Watch al... Read more

Preventing Falls

by: Summerhill PARC

One moment you’re reaching for that teapot on the upper shelf of your kitchen. The next, you’re on the floor writhing in pain, chastising yourself for having not been more careful.

It’s oh too common. One-third of people aged 65 years and over typically fall once or more in any calendar year, and nearly one-half of people in long-term care facilities were admitted because they had a fall.

Break your hip, and it can be even worse. Half of those who do, never regain their pre-fall level of functioning. The... Read more

Preventing Falls

by: Mulberry PARC

One moment you’re reaching for that teapot on the upper shelf of your kitchen. The next, you’re on the floor writhing in pain, chastising yourself for having not been more careful.

It’s oh too common. One-third of people aged 65 years and over typically fall once or more in any calendar year, and nearly one-half of people in long-term care facilities were admitted because they had a fall.

Break your hip, and it can be even worse. Half of those who do, never regain their pre-fall level of functioning. The... Read more

Real Life Resident Stories - Margaret

by: Mulberry PARC

 “This was a good move.”

Margaret moved into independent retirement living some years sooner than she had planned, and she hasn’t regretted it for a minute. While researching where she might like to live once her own home got too much to manage, Margaret found she liked the lifestyle at and location of Mulberry PARC. When she received a phone call to say a suite fitting her exact wish list had become available, she thought “why not” and moved in.

Margaret took up cycling... Read more

Living with Zest!

by: St. Elizabeth Village

My parents lived here and were happy. We are now enjoying it here just as much! -  T. Dam What I like most about living in the Village i... Read more

PARC Chef and Nutritionist featured in Vancouver Sun

by: Westerleigh PARC

Good food.  Food that is good for you. Often, and particularly at retirement residences, those two concepts are mutually exclusive. Not so at PARC Retirement Living.

Featured in the Vancouver Sun, PARC Retirement Living Executive Chef, Joseph Schefer & Manager of Active Living, Rob Huppée showed a group recently at Read more

Visiting artist talks about dance and the older adult

by: Terraces of Baycrest Retirement Residence

Staff and guests at Baycrest explored new ways of moving and dancing at a workshop and panel presentation with visiting artist Bisakha Sarker. Sarker (second from right) is a dancer and choreographer and the artistic director of Chaturangan, a Liverpool, UK-based company that has delivered innovative community and educational arts projects on South Asian dance. One focus for the company is programs that promote the health and well-being of seniors through dance and movement.

During her day at Baycrest, Sarker also facilitated a ses... Read more

LIFESTYLE

Seniors engage with new technology

by: Terraces of Baycrest Retirement Residence

Reva Gilman, a Baycrest resident, recently participated in an early-prototype technology demonstration where she created musical sounds and colourful patterns just by moving. This new application is in development by students at OCAD University (OCAD U) and works with existing movement-based video game technology to encourage seniors to creatively express themselves.

“Technology like this could enhance older adult experiences with visual arts, music and dance,” says Bianca Stern, executive director, Innovation, Arts and... Read more

LIFESTYLE

Is it time to consider moving to a retirement living residence?

by: Crown Ridge Retirement Residence

    Spring is right around the corner. For many seniors it is the perfect time to start the conversation about retirement living. 

    The question of when is it the right time to move into a retirement living community is one that requires serious consideration. 

    Typically a good time to start the conversation is when cooking, keeping up with housework, yard work and home maintenance, paying bills or even getting around town becomes harder to do.... Read more

VIVA Retirement - Lasting Love Contest

by: V!VA Mississauga

Have you been married for more than 50 years?
Tell us the secret of your success in 100 words or less for a chance to win great prizes.

Grand Prize: $1,500 VISA Gift Card, Anniversary Gourmet Dinner Party for 8 and an All Inclusive 3 Day Stay in our “Honeymoon Suite”

Deadline for all submissions is June 10th, 2013. Family members may submit an entry on behalf of parents or grandparents. Contest rules apply.

All contestants will be invited to V!VA Mississauga Ret... Read more

NEWS

Arbourside Court's atmosphere contains far more than oxygen!

by: Arbourside Court

Arbourside Court is a senior’s only residence where the atmosphere contains far more than oxygen. We infuse all ninety two of our immaculate suites and our inviting common areas with equal parts glamour and glee. Invite yourself to experience what the seniors’ lifestyle can be when you come home to sincere smiles and friendly faces. Mirth, glee, hilarity, merriment, jollity, joviality refer to the gaiety characterizing people who are enjoying the companionship of others. Mirth suggests spontaneous amusement or gaiety, manifested brief... Read more

The Bowl

by: Sifton - Richmond Woods

The Bowl Some people move homes very little, some move very often. I am one of the latter. As we move to our second home here in London, I pack up the fragile items from the hutch, the one that belonged to my Aunt Jennie (Quarrie) who also happened to live here in London, and wrap them carefully in the moving paper. As I pick up a large “V” shaped glass potato chip bowl, I see the 1950’s patterned paint slightly faded in some spots, and there is the matching yet smaller bowl, that attaches to hold the dip. I think about packing... Read more

Dunfield's Belly Dancing classes provide fitness and fun

by: The Dunfield Retirement Residence

Greta emigrated from Denmark to Canada over 50 years ago.

Always open to adventure, Greta has a positive life learning philosophy which enables her to remain healthy, vibrant, and active. Her love for adventure has taken her to many interesting places including St. Petersburg Russia and the Berlin Wall long before they became popular tourist areas. She also participated in a high energy line dancing troupe and travelled with them extensively internationally for over 17 years.

Greta has fond memories of her life as a Toron... Read more

PERSONAL STORIES

The Dunfield - a community of like-minded people

by: The Dunfield Retirement Residence

Ilse was born in the Dutch East Indies on the island of Java on a tea and rubber plantation to Dutch parents. Her parents encouraged her from an early age to be involved and actively engaged in life learning. She was also encouraged to stay healthy and active, despite being in a war and deprived of a proper youth.

Always trying to practice what she preached, Ilse moved to Australia to pursue a career as a nurse specializing in midwifery and then moved to Canada and specialized in cardiology. Ilse tries to "live" every day... Read more

PERSONAL STORIES

Living at The Dunfield extends your life

by: The Dunfield Retirement Residence

Dr. Shaul graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1947. He specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was an Associate Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Psychiatry and was the Founding Director of the Human Sexuality Clinic in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Shaul was the recipient of the W.T. Aikins Award for Excellence in Teaching and Course Development. He has been on various radio call in and talk shows on both the CBC Radio and CFRB 1010. His shows opened the dialogue on... Read more

PERSONAL STORIES

Humber Heights Continuum of Care Community

by: The Village of Humber Heights

The Village of Humber Heights is Etobicoke's unique continuum of care community for seniors offering a full range of care support levels. As the level of care which residents require may change with the passage of time, residents will not be forced to uproot to a new facility at a different location - a move that is often stressful, if not traumatic. At Humber Heights, residents will merely move to a different level of care within the Village. Humber Heights continuum of care community allows spouses to remain together instead of being s... Read more

INNOVATION

An indoor village concept - summer, winter, rain or shine

by: The Village of Taunton Mills

The Village of Taunton Mills is Whitby's unique continuum of care community for seniors offering a full range of care support levels. As the level of care which an individual requires may change with the passage of time, the resident will not be forced to uproot to a new facility at a different location - a move that often disruptive, if not traumatic. At Taunton Mills, the resident will merely move to a different level of care within the Village. Taunton Mills continuum of care will also allow spouses to remain together instead of being... Read more

INNOVATION

 

ComfortLife.ca's previous blog: topics and posts

Comfort Life’s blog ran from 2011 to 2016, and included popular topics and posts with enduring relevance. Find links to topics and top posts below.

Health and Wellness included a look at cognitive testing in Ontario, advice on helping parents with depression, and expert advice on helping parents with anxiety.

Finances and law covered topics like financial planning, insurance, taxes, and legal matters. Our post on protecting parents against mortgage fraud remains helpful advice.

Best places to retire was a popular topic, including where to retire in Ontario and the best places in Canada. You can find updated, richer lists on our main site for BC and Alberta, or related pages like the towns in Ontario.

Leisure and Events included Arts, Technology, Sports, Hobbies and Crafts, and Events.

Featured columns like Sandwich Generation were also informative and engaging.

 

 

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