“I think my first instructor was confused the first time I went for a lesson,” says Katie Drysdale, who began guitar lessons nearly two years ago. “He called my name and I responded. Maybe he thought the name ‘Katie’ was a young person’s name. Mind you, he looked about 12 years old.” Katie was 87.
To a casual observer, her attendance in that guitar class might have seemed like a whim, or something to while away a few hours. Rather, it was an expression of Katie’s lifelong passion. As she says, “music is my life.” She sang as a child, including spots on CBC Radio, and once with a group of singers in an audience with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. She took violin and piano lessons, both begun before she was 10, and later turned pages for Luciano Pavarotti at a performance at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre. At 37 she took up the organ. She then taught others both vocals and piano, something which continues to this day. Now, the guitar is a natural extension of those previous experiences, inspired by a granddaughter who was learning flamenco guitar.
When Katie talks about music being her life, she’s not talking about her professional life, but her inner life. Music is the thing that, more consistently than anything else, has brought joy, challenge, and a meaningful connection with others for more than seven decades. It’s been a common thread running throughout her life, and literally one of the reasons she’s lived so well for so long. “The social world is very unpredictable [whereas] your art is very predictable,” says Seymour Bernstein. “So as you develop your emotional, intellectual and physical worlds through your art, … [you can] direct that [sense of control] into your everyday life.”
While she might not think of it in exactly those terms, that’s what music is for Katie, just as it has been for Bernstein, now 92. He had an international and very celebrated career as a touring musician, though he gave it up to follow his real passion: teaching. In 2015 he was the subject of an award-winning documentary, Seymour: An Introduction. There he says, “if you accept that your true self is what your talent is, your real identity lies within that talent that you have a passion for.” Eating, sleeping, dressing and other everyday things aren’t what define who we are.
What does? Passion. Talent. We need an outlet for this interior world as desperately as we need oxygen and clean water. To our own detriment, we live in a culture that, sadly, isn’t oriented around passion. David Brooks writes with a tone of regret that “we live in a society that encourages us to think about how to have a great career but leaves many of us inarticulate about how to cultivate the inner life. The competition to succeed and win admiration is so fierce that it becomes all-consuming … you spend a lot of time cultivating professional skills, but you don’t have a clear idea of the sources of meaning in life.”
Facing your “Now what?” moment
For many, that’s a big problem. Post-retirement is often when that disparity between profession and life becomes most obvious. For many it can be a jarring “Now what?” moment. Katie however, while she perhaps doesn’t say it outright, has never had that moment. She’s always had a reason to get up in the morning, and often it’s been based in the curiosity that she has for music. She didn’t take up the guitar to cultivate success, and to some extent that’s likely been true since she was a young child singing for the pleasure of it: It has never been her career, but rather her life.
And that’s what passion is really about: your needs and desires more than theirs. Yes, giving can be good, but it doesn’t need to be about teaching others, or performing, or bringing something new to the world. Retirement should be a time to be a little bit selfish and to think about what we get out of the things we do. Drudgery isn’t what gets anyone out of bed in the morning, it’s curiosity and the opportunity for joy. It doesn’t have to be about anyone else’s interest but your own, to do the things that you’ve perhaps long wanted to do.
Discover your ikigai
True, there are things that you can’t do, a fact at any age. We can’t drive at 12, and we can’t expect to play childish games all day at 30. But what Bernstein is saying is that we can do more than we think, at any age, and in ways we never imagined. We just need to take a chance. “The most important thing,” he says, “is to inspire an emotional response for all aspects of life." And he’s not talking about inspiring others, but inspiring yourself.
That’s what Tim Tamashiro did recently, very visibly and dramatically. He had a successful career as a radio broadcaster with the CBC. But, in 2017, at age 51, he quit. “I feel like it's time to start all over again with my creativity,” he wrote in an online message to fans. “I'll be honest, It's thrilling and scary at the same time. But you know what else is even scarier? Being my age and living out the rest of my days without anything new and meaningful to get out of bed for.” In a popular TEDx talk, he says he needed time to “focus on my work.” He then draws a key distinction saying “a job is what you do as a regular form of employment… work is something you do to achieve a result … like a purpose … this last year my work focused on anything I could do that was exciting, that was interesting to me.” That included travel—he went through the northwest passage on an icebreaker, and to Oregon to see a full eclipse of the sun; he went to the Dominican Republic to help build houses; he made a podcast and wrote a play.
He went to Okinawa to visit his grandparents’ birthplace, an island that’s also given the world the Japanese concept of ‘ikigai.’ The term is often translated as “reason for being,” and refers to all of the things that give value to our lives. It’s based in a sense of playfulness and creativity, and perhaps a bit of risk as well. Kobayashi Tsukasa writes that "people can feel real ikigai only when, on the basis of personal maturity, the satisfaction of various desires, love and happiness, encounters with others, and a sense of the value of life, they proceed toward self-realization.” It’s about how we feel, rather than how we make others feel. Yes, building houses in the Dominican Republic can sound like a selfless act, and certainly there’s much good that can come of it, though Tamashiro did it, first and foremost, because it was something he wanted to try. He did it for the same reason he travelled to see the solar eclipse: because he never had, and, simply, he wanted to.
Opening up opportunity
In Japan, ikigai has been a key component of Active 80 Health Plan, a program funded and run by the National Ministry of Health and Welfare, this because purpose is seen to be as important to life and longevity as food and water. Not only is that kind of federal support unheard of in Canada—we like to fund medication more than lifestyle—it’s not a new thing, having been in place in Japan since the late 1990s. That’s because it’s been shown, clinically, to achieve what we all want: a better, longer, more active life.
While the federal government isn’t funding ikigai programs in this country, at least not yet, retirement homes strongly support them. That’s what we see in Tapestry at Wesbrook Village, where Katie has renewed her passion for music. Increasingly, communities are created and run not as care facilities—places were people go to receive long-term health care—but as places of opportunity, where people go in order to find the support and freedom they need to live out their personal goals, their ikigai. For some, that’s nursing support, for others, it’s someone to cut the lawn and cook the dinners so they can go off and do more important, more fulfilling things.
As I ran across the finish line, my son exclaimed ‘DAD! You won!’ This was the best feeling. It’s been a lifelong goal to win in Boston.
For Yul Kwon, a resident at Tapestry at Wesbrook Village Vancouver’s Point Grey neighbourhood, the more fulfilling thing was running, and in particular winning the Boston Marathon. He began running in his 60s, though really started putting his energy behind the larger goals after he retired. To train, he gets up at 6 each morning and does 100 push ups and sit ups. That’s just to get warmed up, and to strengthen his back. Often, he runs a 9km circuit, now known as Kwon’s loop, with his daughter, who is also an avid runner. They train in the Pacific Spirit Park, adjacent to Tapestry Westbrook. The park is set within the University of British Columbia endowment lands, including the entire UBC campus and numerous recreational activities from bird watching, to ocean views, to hiking and biking.
The training paid off. Into his 80s he placed in the Vancouver marathon numerous times. Then, in 2016 he placed first in the over-80 category at the Boston Marathon with a time of 4 hours and 31 minutes. He says, “as I ran across the finish line, I wasn’t sure if I had won. I ran over to the family meeting area where my son and daughter were waiting for me with their families. My son exclaimed ‘DAD! You won!’. This was the best feeling. It’s been a lifelong goal to win in Boston.” But it’s not the end. He’s still running, because that’s his ikigai. There are more marathons in his future, though it’s about the running, about living that life, not specifically the races or the wins.
Bill Klos’s ikigai was teaching. Now a resident at Sifton Westhill, in Kitchener-Waterloo, he was a high school teacher there for 33 years. For Bill, teaching was work, in the way that Tamashiro defines it—he did it as much for himself as for anyone else. Once he reached retirement age, though, he had no more outlet for his passion. “I developed some health problems,” he confesses, “I wasn’t taking good care of myself.” After moving into the Westhill, though, he found a way to revive his zeal for teaching: he developed an iPad course. “I teach two ladies every Thursday. They’re in their late nineties, and they’re just learning the iPad and they’re doing really well. And I still go into teacher mode, ” he says. “I still love to challenge people to learn, and yes, teaching still kicks in. You want to help them get to someplace.” His love of teaching has found new means of expression.
For many other people, ikigai has been relegated to a pastime while they pursued careers that paid the bills. Virginia and Bob have been married for 69 years, and spent their working lives in practical pursuits. Gardening was a simple joy that sustained them in spare hours, but at Mulberry PARC in Burnaby, you might say it’s blossomed into something more. “We always had huge garden. Bob grew the vegetables and I grew the flowers,” says Virginia, but now it’s “the love of our life.” That passion has led to recognition; they’ve been awarded best overall garden by a local Garden Society. The recognition is not important to them as the daily joy they get out of daily pursuing something that was always only an avocation.
Ikigai is simply distinct for everyone. Janet Tsujimoto is a resident at Tapestry at Village Gate West in Toronto has a similar story. Her paintings hang on the wall of her suite, and knitting projects sit next to a favourite chair. Around the room are dolls she has designed. Much of this is a product of the time and the facilities within the community. “When I moved to Tapestry, I decided to join the art class,” she says. “I had not done much painting before I moved here.” Her art has now found other homes, too, and been featured in Tapestry publications.
Reconsider life’s possibilities
When considering retirement living, it’s often the physical aspects of aging that come to the fore. However, when we speak to people in retirement communities, it’s the lifestyle opportunities that many speak of first and frequently. Yes, getting care may be an important impetus for many, if not now then in foresight. While care can sustain us, it’s not what makes us live. There are far more exciting things to think about, such as taking a cooking class, discussing politics, or watching a movie with friends. More important than mobility is having a sense of autonomy over when to seek out a conversation, and when to take advantage of solitude on our own terms, to read a book or paint a portrait.
Indeed, that should be the basis of deciding where to live at any age—through the lens of possibility. It serves everyone to consider any transition in that light. Retirement living can provide a lifestyle based in the shared experience of a single peer group. It can provide a heightened sense of autonomy—it’s not about bussing and cars, it’s about recapturing agency. Finding a residence shouldn’t be about finding a place to stay, but finding a place to live, a place to continue living a life with meaning. That’s what Bill sees as the foremost benefit of life at the Westhill, even if it wasn’t one he imagined when he first moved in. This is true for him as it is for Janet, Katie, Virginia and Bob. Their move into retirement communities gave them—as it has very many others—an opportunity to live out their ikigai.
Ikigai isn’t entirely different from more familiar concepts like vocation, calling or passion. However, there’s insight to be gained when thinking about familiar ideas in a new language. In other pages, we explore moais, hygge and lykke. We want to cast new light on familiar notions all of us are in danger of taking for granted.
Words shape our experience, and adding to our vocabulary always gives us new frames of reference. It’s similar to the effect a move or a change in scenery can have on you. You refresh your perspective. This is exactly what happens in retirement communities across the country, for people who have opened their minds and made a move. Familiar routines become new and consequently people find a renewed love of life, not only our inner life as seen above, but our health and our social life. It all adds up to a renewed joy in life for those who’ve explored the possibilities.
*Editor's note: this is a fuller version of the article that appeared in the 2019-2020 17th Annual Comfort Life Retirement Guide.
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3338 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver,
British Columbia, V6S 0A6
This beautiful Vancouver seniors' community offers a variety of private suites, along with community services including dining, wellness activities and more.
10 Wildpine Court, Stittsville,
Ontario, K2S 1C6
At Wildpine, our staff ensure you get the highest level of care and service possible. We strive to provide the best service at the lowest prices, because money shouldn't stand in the way of worry free retirement!
215 Lexington Road, Waterloo,
Ontario, N2K 2E1
Experience resort quality living at Hygate. Choose from a variety of apartment style suites, including independent supported and assisted living options.
15 Summerland Terrace, Toronto,
Ontario, M9A 0B5
Tapestry at Village Gate West is an active aging community located in Toronto’s central Etobicoke neighbourhood, just minutes from the historic Village of Islington.
77 Dunfield Avenue, Toronto,
Ontario, M4S 2H3
The Dunfield Retirement Residence has established a new standard in senior retirement living in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with 177 spacious apartments. Where people come to LIVE!
2799 Yew Street, Vancouver,
British Columbia, V6K 4W2
A senior living community in Vancouver, BC offering luxurious seniors' apartments in an active community, along with assisted living and other options.
1620 Upper Wentworth St., Hamilton,
Ontario, L9B 2W3
The Village of Wentworth Heights is a full-service retirement living community offering retirement apartments, full-service suites, assisted living and memory care.
695 Block Line Road, Kitchener,
Ontario, N2E 3K1
This elegant retirement residence in Kitchener-Waterloo offers a continuum of care from long-term care to assisted living to independent living seniors apartments.
32 Bayberry Drive, Guelph,
Ontario, N1G 0A2
Guelph retirement home offers Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care. Includes 24 hour onsite nursing team and medication support within a Village-like setting. It takes a Village to care.
4100 Upper Middle Road, Burlington,
Ontario, L7W 4W8
At The Village of Tansley Woods we offer the full continuum of care - Independent Living Suites, Retirement Apartments, Full Service Retirement Suites, Assisted Care, Memory Care and Long Term Care all in one village.
3800 Brock Sreet North, Whitby,
Ontario, L1R 3A5
The Village of Taunton Mills in Whitby presents several levels of service from seniors' apartments with meals to assisted living to long-term care.
2930 Erin Centre Boulevard, Mississauga,
Ontario, L5M 7M4
Mississauga's unique continuum of care concept featuring Independent Living Suites, Retirement Apartments, Full Service Suites with walk out patios, Assisted Care, Memory Care and Long Term Care.
2245 Lawrence Avenue West, Etobicoke,
Ontario, M9P 3W3
The Village of Humber Heights in Etobicoke offers different levels of service from independent apartments with meals to assisted living to long-term care.
250 Laurelwood Drive, Waterloo,
Ontario, N2J 0E2
60 Woodlawn Road East, Guelph,
Ontario, N1H 8M8
This elegant Guelph retirement home offers a range of care including assisted living and long term care, serviced by a friendly, caring staff.
187 Wynford Drive, North York,
Ontario, M3C 0C7
A well appointed retirement home in Toronto features extensive common areas, a rooftop putting green and a variety of other amenities catering to today's seniors.
30 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton,
Ontario, L6T 4G3
Enjoy the luxury of a new community with the conveniences of home, including 3 freshly prepared meals, medication management, 24 hour supervision and a variety of activities.
13751 - 74th Avenue, Surrey,
British Columbia, V3W 1A8
Welcome to Arbourside Court, a retirement home in the heart of Surrey, BC. Proudly serving our senior residents since 2001. Many activities to enjoy and new friendships to be made, we are always bustling with laughter.
111 Avenue Road, Toronto,
Ontario, M5R 3J8
Luxury and quality is in every corner of Hazelton from its lobby to its inviting Bistro & Bar. Offering amenities and services, Hazelton makes it easy for you to define and enjoy your lifestyle.
6419 Lumberman Way, Orleans,
Ontario, K1C 6E8
At this park-like setting, seniors are offered the choice between studio, 1 or 2 bedroom suites. Bring along pets while enjoying a variety of customizable options, including a varied menu and recreational programs.
950 Centennial Drive, KINGSTON,
Ontario, K7M 0G8
Experience vibrant senior’s living - a world of choices, beautiful architecture, caring people and a diverse program of activities and services. Choose Kingsbridge Retirement Community. See how great life can be!
3758 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough,
Ontario, M1T 3K9
Shepherd Terrace offers a variety of independent and assisted living suites within the renowned Shepherd Village. With its long history of providing caring service you’ll love the amenities and the excellent services.
8 & 10 Harbour Street West, Collingwood,
Ontario, L9Y 5B4
Balmoral Place offers a wide variety of programs, amenities and suite types to meet the needs of both independent residents as well as those individuals requiring additional assistance.
15 Wellings Drive, Picton,
Ontario, K0K 2T0
The Wellings of Picton is a vibrant new community for adults 55+, in Prince Edward County. Offering 64,one bedroom plus den and two bedroom apartments with all appliances and outdoor balconies, pub, parking and dog park.
1111 Glenmore Trail SW, Calgary,
Alberta, T2V 4C9
Trinity Lodge Retirement Residence combines the elegance & style of a fine traditional hotel, with the security & warmth associated with senior living. Homecare staff is available 24/7 to give you support when needed.
11657 Ritchie Avenue, Maple Ridge,
British Columbia, V2X 8X3
Named one of the top 3 retirement communities in Maple Ridge, Greystone is a premier Park Place residence, with the comfort and services you need to maintain your active lifestyle in a warm and welcoming community.
455 Kingston Street, Victoria,
British Columbia, V8V 1V8
Built in 1998, the Camelot is located in the heart of James Bay. We offer a warm comfortable home environment in a quiet location, right downtown by the Inner Harbour. Rents include Dinners, Housekeeping, and Laundry.
7230 Acorn Avenue, Burnaby,
British Columbia, V5E 4N9
Mulberry PARC is a welcoming home and community in the heart of Burnaby, BC with the largest 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom retirement home suites available.
3633 Mount Seymour Pkwy, North Vancouver,
British Columbia, V7H 0A9
Located near Mt. Seymour in Vancouver's North Shore, Cedar Springs PARC offers retirement living within a beautiful natural environment. 1- and 2-bedroom suites available.
200 North Centre Road, London,
Ontario, N5X 0B1
A desirable retirement residence in London, Ontario, including 130 suites with extensive amenities designed to provide the ultimate in retirement living. Proud winners of the "Best of London in Retirement Living 2020!"
110 & 150 Rossignol Drive, Orleans,
Ontario, K4A 0N2
With so much to do nearby, it’s easy to forget why you might want to stay home, but with its exceptional dining, impeccable design, and fun activities, you’ll find Promenade has many attractions of its own!
1460 Highway #2, Courtice,
Ontario, L1E 3C4
This award winning Oshawa retirement home is near parks and shopping, offering spacious seniors' suites and the option of assisted living care. Readers Choice Award Winner for Retirement living from 2016 2019.
104 Suncoast Drive East, Goderich,
Ontario, N7A 0A7
Harbour Hill is a unique retirement community that is founded in customized care. Freshly prepared home-cooked meals, friendly caring staff, large bright suites, plenty of common space to relax and accessible to all.
40 Freel Lane, Stouffville,
Ontario, L4A 0P5
Stouffville Creek is 118 suite retirement residence, just a short drive north of Toronto, conveniently close to major highways, shops and stores and features a fitness centre and more amenities.
175 North Front Street, Belleville,
Ontario, K8P 4Y8
The Richmond, combines an affordable lifestyle with comfort, security and friendly full service. You will feel a sense of warmth and know you are home the minute you walk in the door.
148 Markham Road, Scarborough,
Ontario, M1M 2Z8
Scarborough Retirement Centre offers a variety of suites and apartments, with a library, pharmacy, seniors' centre, shopping, theatre and more nearby.
2881 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough,
Ontario, M1J 0A2
McCowan Retirement Residence is a vibrant and family oriented retirement home located in Scarborough. With team members who have been here since we opened in 2004, you can expect a warm welcome and a feeling of home.
Forestview Retirement Residence, Toronto,
Ontario, M2R 0A8
Forestview Retirement Residence is North York's newest seniors' residence, and is now open. We offer Full Service Lifestyles & Assisted Living (on as secure floor). Call to reserve your suite today!
3520 31 St. NW, Calgary,
Alberta, T2L 2A5
Welcome to the BRC, a beautiful assisted living facility located in the heart of Calgary's NW. Enjoy the peace of mind knowing that your loved ones are safe and cared for with our friendly and passionate staff.
9700 Bathurst Street, Vaughan,
Ontario, L6A 4V2
Vaughan's premier all-inclusive rental retirement community! Enjoy bright, spacious suites, modern amenities, delicious dining, and a Team devoted to Making Today Great! for you and your family! Book your tour today!
1140 Bloor Street West, Toronto,
Ontario, M6H 4E6
From gracious dining to new suites and lounges, residents are enjoying the new management and upgrades found at 1140 Bloor Street West, in the Heart of Bloordale Village.
285030 Luther Rose Blvd NE, Calgary,
Alberta, T1X 1M9
Prince of Peace a variety of suites styles with kitchenettes and incredible mountain views. It's the perfect residence for seniors who are active, require some assistance, or have memory care needs.
1459 Nottinghill Gate, Oakville,
Ontario, L6M 4W1
Delmanor Glen Abbey is an award winning Oakville retirement community with beautiful walking paths and outdoor amenities.
1 Roxborough Road, Newmarket,
Ontario, L3Y 2P8
You'll feel warmth as soon as you walk through the door. The Roxborough Retirement Residence is both elegant and cozy with a dedicated and caring staff that go above and beyond for your well-being and happiness.
4088 Blundell Road, Richmond,
British Columbia, V7C 5V1
Like a condominium, you furnish your suite with the comforts from your home, including pets. At Gilmore Gardens, it's the people, residents and staff alike, that make this independent senior living community so special.
5781 Dunn Street, Niagara Falls,
Ontario, L2G 2N9
Cavendish Manor is within walking distance to the Majestic Niagara Falls, the vibrancy of which can be felt within the walls of our charming retirement home, where a friendly community of seniors live in harmony.
100 Morra Avenue, Bolton,
Welcome to something wonderful; Bolton Mills Retirement Community, offering the finest lifestyle options in Retirement and Assisted Living with outstanding amenities and services.
143 Byron Ave, Dorchester,
Ontario, N0L 1G5
Dorchester Terrace offers area seniors a variety of suite choices, wellness support services, medication administration, housekeeping services, physiotherapy and daily dining in an open restaurant-style dining room.
221 Milner Avenue, Scarborough,
Ontario, M1S 4P4
Sts. Peter and Paul Residence offers a modern, efficient, and self-sustaining seniors community operated by a professional and compassionate staff.
4950 Pasqua Street, Regina,
Saskatchewan, S4S 7L2
At Wintergreene you'll discover a combination of independence, privacy, activities, health and wellness programs & friendly companionship to savour throughout your retirement.
10402-111 Street, Grande Prairie,
Alberta, T8V 8G4
A premier retirement community located in the heart of Grande Prairie, Alberta focused on independent living. Emerald Gardens provides quality services to enhance your current lifestyle.
3235 Skaha Lake Road, Penticton,
British Columbia, V2A 6G5
The Concorde has a warm and welcoming atmosphere with comfortable dining & excellent views of the mountains, along with extensive program activities; The Concorde is perfect for an active living & entertaining lifestyle.
135 West 15th Street, North Vancouver,
British Columbia, V7M 1R7
Summerhill PARC near the heart of Lonsdale and 15th Avenue in beautiful North Vancouver offers a highly social retirement community living experience. 1- and 2-bedroom suites available.
808 Spring Creek Drive, Canmore,
Origin at Spring Creek is Bow Valley’s leading independent, assisted living, & memory care community. Nestled in the luxurious mountain town of Canmore, we empower our residents to remain happy, healthy & active.
#4 River Ridge Dr. N.W., Medicine Hat,
Alberta, T1A 8V1
A premier Park Place residence in the heart of Medicine Hat offering independent living, supportive living, and long term care options. With spectacular views and services, River Ridge is a warm place to call home.
1145 Bridge Street, Manotick,
Manotick Place is situated in the heart of picturesque Manotick right on the Rideau River. We are an ideal choice for individuals who wants to embrace all that life has to offer.
552 Holland St W, Bradford,
Ontario, L3Z 2H4
Located in the heart of a vibrant community, Holland Gardens is the perfect place to live, laugh and enjoy life. An exciting community offering a luxurious resort lifestyle, an ideal place for inspired senior living.
22301 Fraser Highway, Langley,
British Columbia, V3A4H5
We feature comfortable, open-concept suites in Langley for seniors who want to enjoy their independence and the freedom of all-inclusive living.
5840 Glover Rd, Langley,
British Columbia, V3A 9K3
An oasis in the heart of Langley City, Magnolia Gardens features bright, spacious suites and a warm, friendly atmosphere. Two choices in senior living: 115 independent living suites, and a 40 suite licensed Care Centre.
1 Sixteen Mile Drive, Oakville,
Ontario, L6M 1P3
Now Open! Exclusive membership meets all-inclusive living at Oakville's newest retirement community. V!VA Oakville elevates retirement living to new heights with unmatched amenities, services and style. Tour today!
1737 - 56 Street, Delta,
British Columbia, V4L 0A5
The Wexford offers all-inclusive, independent senior living one km from Tsawwassen town centre. Bright and spacious suites and costal-inspired living areas are beautifully accented by a rooftop garden and courtyard.
400 Ray Lawson Blvd., Brampton,
Ontario, L6Y 4G4
Southbrook is all about choice - the choice to do what you want, when you want. We celebrate independence but we are here to provide assistance whenever you need it. Southbrook....be a part of the family.
458 Donald B. Munro Drive, Carp,
Ontario, K0A 1L0
One visit to Carp Commons Retirement Village and you’ll see the difference in terms of amenities, food, services, programs, and the little touches that make it feel like home.
1238 Oakcrossing Road, London,
Ontario, N6H 0K2
Welcome to Oakcrossing Retirement Living, where we have a fresh perspective on senior living. Offering a large variety of studios, one- and two-bedroom suites with both retirement and assisted living services available.
3136 Dundas Street West, Oakville,
Ontario, L6M 0S5
Palermo Village is a luxurious 6-storey condo style residence that offers you the opportunity to enjoy a vibrant & active social life, while our chefs and skilled health care team focuses on your nutrition & well being.
328 Dundas Street West, Napanee,
4224 8th st west, claresholm,
Cottonwood Village was thoughtfully designed to deliver the best lifestyle rural Alberta has to offer. Located in Claresholm in the heart of the foothills. Let Us Welcome You Home
25 Westhill Drive, Waterloo,
Ontario, N2T 0B6
The Westhill is an inviting atmosphere of new friends and great times, with personalized support services for better living. The Westhill is conveniently located in Waterloo, near The Boardwalk shopping area.
1335 Benson Street, Oshawa,
Ontario, L1K 0W6
Harmony Hill offers comfort, security, and friendship, as well as the full range of amenities and services that you expect from a premier, active-living community.
61 Fairfax Cresent, Scarborough,
Ontario, M1L 1Z7
At Presentation Manor you truly do have an opportunity to be yourself. Share a meal, join a reflection group or volunteer in the community, you’ll have the freedom to meet and interact with others as you please.
600 Longworth Road, London,
Ontario, N6K 4X9
Voted London's Best Retirement Residence seven years running! We promote our passion for seniors living well by offering choices for an active, wellness focused lifestyle with the security of knowing help is at hand.
4067 River Road, Niagara Falls,
Ontario, L2E 3E6
Enjoy the warmth & personal touch of a private residence combined with the services & amenities of an upscale all-inclusive resort. We Overlook the Niagara River & are located close to Niagara’s downtown tourist area.
54 Foxbar Road, Toronto,
Ontario, M4V 2G6
Located in the heart of Toronto’s Rosedale neighborhood, Bradgate Arms blends the charm of a boutique hotel with modern luxuries, sophisticated suites and offers services on request to suit your retirement lifestyle.
8 The Donway E., Don Mills,
Ontario, M3C 3R7
The Donway provides luxury homes for seniors, with suites that include large walk-in closets and kitchenettes and amenities like weekly housekeeping and fine dining.
3131 8th Line, Bradford,
Ontario, L3Z 4H2
The Elden is now open, bringing a fresh approach to retirement living. This beautiful residence is tailored for the “young-at-heart” senior. In fact, we like to think of it as UN-Retirement Living.
1 Canterbury Place, North York,
Ontario, M2N 0G7
Canterbury Place offers a variety of suites styles in an elegant condo-like building for active adults & those needing assistance. We offer a unique healthcare program for our residents including palliative care.
#100 3300 Valleyview Drive, Kamloops,
British Columbia, V2C 0G9
The Residence offers service-oriented living at its finest. With a shopping plaza and stunning views, Orchards Walk is Kamloops’ premier new neighbourhood. Choose between spacious studios and one or two bedroom suites.
2604 Draper Avenue, Ottawa,
Ontario, K2H 9B1
Redwoods apartment style community offers suite with full kitchens, individual meal plans and valet service. Whether you're meeting friends for a drink, or for a swim, you'll love the social life at The Redwoods.
1550 West 49th Avenue,, Vancouver,
British Columbia, V6M 0B3
Located in Vancouver’s Kerrisdale neighbourhood, Granville Gardens offers residents the opportunity to stay active and live in a well-appointed urban community, surrounded by shopping centres, parks, community centres.
725 - 22nd Street, West Vancouver,
British Columbia, V7V 0B3
Westerleigh PARC offers refined retirement living in one of West Vancouver's most sought after addresses. Studio, 1- and 2-bedroom suites available.
1345 56th Street, Tsawwassen,
British Columbia, V4L 2P9
Featuring bright suites surrounded by pedestrian pathways, and a two-acre water feature in Tsawwassen town-centre. Two choices in all-inclusive senior housing: independent living and a licensed Care Centre suites.
649 8th Avenue, New Westminster,
British Columbia, V3M 2R2
Thornebridge Gardens is one of New Westminster’s finest retirement residences, providing luxurious, worry-free surroundings with life enriching services that inspire healthy senior living. Many options are available!
51 Whitby Shores Greenway, Whitby,
Ontario, L1N 9R1
11800 Lake Fraser Drive, Calgary,
Lake Bonavista Village Retirement Residence is the perfect place for seniors to retire. You can choose from a variety of suite sizes in the main building or one of our unique cottages.
280 Government Street, Duncan,
British Columbia, V9L 0B5
At Sherwood House we offer active adult and independent retirement living, pet friendly, featuring delicious homemade meals, daily activities, weekly housekeeping in a secure environment in Duncan, BC on Vancouver Island
175 Rutledge Rd., Mississauga,
Ontario, L5M 0X7
Credit River is a 6-storey condo style residence, with an array of well-appointed suite styles to choose from and our highly-skilled health care professionals are available around the clock if you need them.
70 Bernard Avenue, Richmond Hill,
Ontario, L4C 0W7
Richmond Hill Retirement Residence offers full service including meals, housekeeping, active adult, independent and assisted living. Our focus is on maintaining good health, great food, new friends & lots of laughter!
880 Lawrence Ave E, North York,
At Greenview Residence, we offer a complete range of care services in a welcoming environment. Whether it's our compassionate staff, fresh homemade meals, or exciting and engaging activities, you will truly feel at home.
1665 The Collegeway, Mississauga,
Ontario, L5L 0A9
Parkland is located at Mississauga and The Collegeway next to the Glenerin Inn. We are surrounded by beautiful green space. For the past 6 years we've been awarded one of the top 3 Retirement Communities in Mississauga.
4151 Kilmer Drive, Burlington,
Ontario, L7M 5A9
#100 - 2180 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford,
British Columbia, V3G0B1
A spectacular new residential tower in Abbotsford, Mahogany Platinum combines convenience, livability and luxury for seniors looking for an independent lifestyle community. Only a few suites left.
1595 Southview Drive SE, Medicine Hat,
Alberta, T1B 0A1
As a premier Park Place multi-level care residence, The Wellington provides Independent and Supportive Living options for seniors seeking to maintain your independence while enjoying access and services to amenities.
5351 Yonge Street, North York,
Ontario, M2N 7L5
Delmanor Northtown is an exceptional hotel-style retirement residence in the heart of North York that offers a variety of well appointed amenities.
330 Dundurn Street South, Hamilton,
Ontario, L8P 4L6
A well established retirement residence located in the cozy part of West Hamilton. Winner of the Reader's Choice Award for best Retirement Residence for 4 consecutive years. You know you're home at Aberdeen Gardens.
3630 Brown rd, west kelowna,
British Columbia, V4T7Y9
The Heritage Retirement Residence encompasses an active living & entertaining lifestyle with supportive & assisted living measures, Our highly skilled registered health care team will provide assistance when you need it.
2121 Kingston Road, Scarborough,
Ontario, M1N 1T5
Part of Scarborough history - located in the Bluffs/Beaches neighbourhood, where the White Castle Inn used to stand. Respite recovery, trial stays and winter retreats are all available, to help meet your wants and needs!
820 Scollard Court, Mississauga,
Ontario, L5V 0A1
Stylish Mississauga retirement home offering independent, full-service and assisted living lifestyles, featuring a hair salon, onsite bistro and much more.
7700 Bayview Ave., Thornhill,
Ontario, L3T 5W1
A number of luxury amenities distinguish this Thornhill retirement home, north of downtown Toronto. Features include suites with solarium, large balcony or patio walk-outs in a country setting.
357 Yonge St, Barrie,
Ontario, L4N 4K3
Located on Yonge St. just minutes from downtown Barrie, you can be the first to choose the suite style that's right for you. Retire in a comfortable & supportive community with superior services & outstanding amenities.
275 Tartan Drive, Ottawa,
Ontario, K2J 0V2
Ottawa's newest all-inclusive retirement community simply includes more! From a saltwater pool to an incredible golf simulator, our impressive amenities are only matched by our commitment to exceptional care & service.
4180 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke,
Ontario, M8X 1X8
Situated in a treed ravine setting overlooking the Humber River, Delmanor Prince Edward provides vistas that vary from the serenity of the adjacent valley to the resplendence of the Toronto downtown skyline!
1575 George St, White Rock,
British Columbia, V4B 0B6
At Oceana PARC, our residents thrive with access to physical and mental fitness programming, social activities, chef-prepared meals, transportation and more. Come discover why life is better at our new residence.
2200 Jack Nash Drive, London,
Ontario, N6K 5R3
Upon completion, RiverBend will include a collection of 400+ new homes, all built throughout the incredible 18-hole golf course that rests in the heart of the community.
110 & 120 Central Park Dr, Ottawa,
Ontario, K2C 4G3
Whether you're looking for independent living, assisted living or memory care, you can access them all in one location at Park Place. We are a vibrant, social community surrounded by parks and close to many amenities.
150 Evanspark Manor NW, Calgary,
Alberta, T3P 0B1
256 Government Street, Duncan,
British Columbia, V9L 1A4
Very wonderful group of friendly residents who love to do things together. Residents Group arrange entertainment, winemaking and wine & cheese parties each month. They are helpful and welcoming. Wedgwood feels like home!
33 Hurontario Street, Mississauga,
Ontario, L5G 3G8
Port Credit Residence situated in the Mississauga area offers seniors a luxurious resort-inspired lifestyle. Enjoy an oversized pool, wellness centre, onsite physiotherapy, a movie theatre, library, spa/salon and more!
1500 Steeles Avenue West, Thornhill,
Ontario, L4J 4H6
Four Elms is an elegant retirement residence, offering the finest in senior living. Choose a suite style that's right for you and enjoy an active lifestyle, fine dining and the company of good friends.
7051 Moffat Road, Richmond,
British Columbia, V6Y 3W2
Courtyard Gardens offers an enriching community, with quality staff & friendly & caring environment. 107 Private & Subsidized suites in Assisted Living, 31 Private Pay Extended Care studio suites & 1 Respite Suite.
150 Stanley Avenue, Ottawa,
Ontario, K1M 2J7
A former monastery and friary, Governors Walk is designed to pay respect to the past while featuring a modern touch. Governors Walk is steps away from the picturesque Rideau River and Stanley park.
7 Brower Drive, Sherwood Park,
Aster Gardens, coming Fall 2020, is Sherwood Parks’ newest residence that will transform the way seniors live. Every part of the building has been designed from the perspective of the resident. Let Us Welcome You Home.
50 Paul Burns Way, Whitby,
Ontario, L1R 2Y9
Lynde Creek Manor’s dedicated team members are available to support you so you can live your life to the fullest.
867 KLO Road, Kelowna,
British Columbia, V1Y 9G5
Living at Hawthorn Park Retirement Residence means you have choices & can customize the services you need, as you need them. We offer three lifestyle opportunities; supportive living, assisted living & complex care.
6440 Valley Way, Niagara Falls,
Ontario, L2E 7E3
This Niagara Falls retirement home features local activities and scenery in a luxury environment offering a comfortable lifestyle, care and peace of mind.
917 Avrill Road, Victoria,
British Columbia, V9B 0T2
Cherish brings a new approach to senior living that has been called innovative and the way of the future. Our Independent Living rental suites and condominiums provide choices for estate preservation and peace of mind.
105 Queen Street, Bowmanville,
Ontario, L1C 0T3
Bowmanville Creek offers Independent and Assisted Living programs. Tastefully designed spacious accommodations include a variety of suites ranging from roomy studios to large two bedrooms.
1248 Mohawk Road, Ancaster,
Ontario, L9K 1P5
The number one retirement community in the Ancaster and Hamilton Area. The Meadowlands offers personal choice in living accommodations, dining, recreation, social and personal services. Make the most of your retirement years at The Meadowlands Retirement Residence.
5575 Bonnie Street, Mississauga,
Ontario, L5M 0N8
Mississauga's premier all-inclusive rental retirement community. Enjoy bright, spacious suites, modern amenities, delicious dining, and a Team devoted to Making Today Great! for you and your family! Book your tour today!
70 King Edward Street, Paris,
Ontario, N3L 2G8
Queensview Retirement Community is a Globals Award winner for living solutions with care.
We are a fun,vibrant and caring community with homemade meals, friendly staff and residents who make the community a loving home.
11479 Valley Ridge Drive NW, Calgary,
At The Lodge at Valley Ridge, you'll enjoy spacious suites, impressive cuisine, and exceptional services. We have recently renovated. We welcome the opportunity to show you our great community.
106 Crown Street, Trenton,
Ontario, K8V 6R3
Located on the east side of Trenton in a quiet neighbourhood. Enjoy beautiful suites of various sizes & layouts with advanced safety features. Elegant dining plus snacks & beverages included.
4202 54 Ave, Lloydminster,
Alberta, T9V 2Z3
At Dr. Hemstock Residence & Hearthstone Place, our highly-skilled group of health care professionals and qualified staff are here to do whatever we can to ensure that all your needs are taken care of.
2630 Fifth Line West, Mississauga,
Ontario, L5K 0A8
Located in the heart of Mississauga, Erinview offers an atmosphere of worry-free, comfortable living with personalized support in the presence of good friends.
30 Seacliff Drive East, Leamington,
Ontario, N8H 0E5
At Seacliff Manor, we provide a vibrant, supportive retirement lifestyle complete with restaurant style dining and social events and activities. Choose from independent living, assisted living, and memory care options.
80 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill,
Ontario, L4C 0L3
Award Winning Delmanor Elgin Mills, has proudly served the Richmond Hill community since 2002.
480 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa,
Ontario, K1S 3N6
Villagia is centrally located on the edge of the Glebe, the downtown core and just steps away from the world renowned Rideau Canal.
1880 Glengrove Road, Pickering,
Ontario, L1V 0C6
V!VA Pickering is Durham's premier all-inclusive rental retirement community! Enjoy large suites, great amenities, delicious dining, and a Team devoted to Making Today Great for you and your family! Book your tour today!
1945 Veteran's Way NW, Calgary,
Alberta, T3B 5Y7
8888-202 Street, Langley,
British Columbia, V1M 4A7
2142, chemin Saint-Louis, Quebec,
Quebec, G1T 1P7
1831 Parkview Crescent, Kelowna,
British Columbia, V1X 7G7
1499 Stoneridge Drive, Kingston,
Ontario, K7M 9H9
41 Amelia Street, Cornwall,
Ontario, K6H 7E5
12275-224th Street, Maple Ridge,
British Columbia, V2X 6H5
450 Yonge Street, Barrie,
Ontario, L4N 4E2
4 Coveside Drive, Huntsville,
Ontario, P1H 2J9
2109 Lakeshore Road, Burlington,
Ontario, L7R 4Z4
628 Tranquille Road, Kamloops,
British Columbia, V2B 3H6
1801 Valley Farm Road, Pickering,
Ontario, L1V 0A5
95 Fauquier Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie,
Ontario, P6B 0A2
600 Chippewa St. West, North Bay,
Ontario, P1B 9E7
255 Governor's Road, Dundas,
Ontario, L9H 3K4
240 Old Harwood Avenue, Ajax,
Ontario, L1T ON2
100 Caroline Street South, Waterloo,
Ontario, N2L 1X5
240 Main Street East, Kingsville,
Ontario, N9Y 1A6
3131 New Street, Burlington,
Ontario, L7N 3P8
1222 King George Blvd., Surrey,
British Columbia, V4A 9W6
45555 Hodgins Avenue, Chilliwack,
British Columbia, V2P 1P3
600 Valley Vista Drive, Vaughan,
Ontario, L6A 4H2
590 Grand Marais Road East, Windsor,
Ontario, N8X 3H4
180 Oak Park Boulevard, Oakville,
Ontario, L6H 0A6
435 Dundas Street West, Belleville,
Ontario, K8P 1B6
190 David Bergey Drive, Kitchener,
Ontario, N2E 0E7
148 James Street, Bracebridge,
Ontario, P1L 1S7
140 Letitia Street, Barrie,
Ontario, L4N 1P5
460 Rymal Road West, Hamilton,
Ontario, L9B 0B2
6676 203rd Street, Langley,
British Columbia, V2Y 2Z1
420 MacKay Street, Ottawa,
Ontario, K1M 2C4
609 Wharncliffe Road South, London,
Ontario, N6J 0A4
155 Riddell Road, Orangeville,
Ontario, L9W 6R4
1238 Queen Street East, Toronto,
Ontario, M4L 1C3
197 Prospect Street, Newmarket,
Ontario, L3Y 3T7
70 Stonehaven Drive, Kanata,
Ontario, K2M 3B4
15055 Yonge Street, Aurora,
Ontario, L4G 6T4
1789 Primrose Court, Kamloops,
British Columbia, V1S 0B7
4315 Richardson Road SW, Calgary,
Alberta, T3E 7J7
10 Senlac Road, Toronto,
Ontario, M2N 6P8
20 Country Village Cove NE, Calgary,
Alberta, T3K 5T9
1 Henry Avenue, Leamington,
Ontario, N8H 5P1
5958 16th Ave., Markham,
Ontario, L3P 8N1
170 McGibbon Drive, Kanata,
Ontario, K2L 4H5
431 Woodmount Drive, Oshawa,
Ontario, L1K 0P7
9612 - 172nd Street NW, Edmonton,
Alberta, T5T 6C7
1022 Pembroke St. East, Pembroke,
Ontario, K8A 8A7
17290 Leslie Street, Newmarket,
Ontario, L3Y 3E1
1750 E.C. Row, North Service Road, Windsor,
Ontario, N8W 1Y3
770 Arundel St, Thunder Bay,
Ontario, P7A 8C8
1350 Isabella St. E. , Thunder Bay ,
Ontario, P7E 0A5
3955 Thirteenth Street, Lasalle,
Ontario, N9H 2S7
801 4th Street East, Cornwall,
Ontario, K6H 7M8
45650 Patten Avenue, Chilliwack,
British Columbia, V2P 1S4
150 W. 29th Street, North Vancouver,
British Columbia, V7N 0A1
100 Robert Speck Parkway, Mississauga,
Ontario, L4Z 0A1
222 25th Avenue South West, Calgary,
Alberta, T2S 3E9
13853 102nd Ave, Surrey,
British Columbia, V3T 5P6
1691 Gordon Street, Guelph,
Ontario, N1L 1E1
1095 Carling Avenue, Ottawa,
Ontario, K1Y 4P6
599 William Ave., Sudbury,
Ontario, P3A 5W3
309 Hilldale Road, Thunder Bay,
Ontario, P7G 0A2
181 Janefield Ave, Guelph,
Ontario, N1G 1V2
481 Reid St., Peterborough,
Ontario, K9H 7R9
1645 Pickering Parkway, Pickering,
Ontario, L1V 7E9
200 John West Way , Aurora,
Ontario, L4G 0E4
1261 Jasper Drive, Thunder Bay,
Ontario, P7B 6Z4
57 Trott Blvd., Collingwood,
Ontario, L9Y 0A3
18 Jacobson Drive, Lively,
Ontario, P3Y 1P7
8 Snyder Avenue North, Elmira,
Ontario, N3B 2B1
450 Albert Street, Renfrew,
Ontario, K7V 4K4
9168 Corbould Street, Chilliwack,
British Columbia, V2P 8A1
3998 Bridle Path Drive, Gloucester,
Ontario, K1T 4H4
25 Van Horne Avenue, Smiths Falls,
Ontario, K7A 5L2
309 Hilldale Road, Thunder Bay,
Ontario, P7G 0A2
301 7th Street SW, Calgary,
Alberta, T2P 1Y6
10 Melville Street North, Cambridge,
Ontario, N1S 1H5
118 Market Street, Hamilton,
Ontario, L8R 3P9
436 Powerline Road, Brantford,
Ontario, N3T 6G5
71 Bankside Drive, Kitchener,
Ontario, N2N 3L1
9 Armstrong Drive, Smiths Falls,
Ontario, K7A 5H7
3 Fifth Street West, Morrisburg,
Ontario, K0C 1X0
423 Devonshire Avenue, Woodstock,
Ontario, N4S OB2
1645 Paris St., Sudbury,
Ontario, P3E 6L5
16 Legacy Lane, Huntsville,
Ontario, P1H 0B1
32679 - 6th Ave., Mission,
British Columbia, V2V 1Y8
480 Downie Street, Stratford,
Ontario, N5A 7Y5
32331 - 7th Ave., Mission,
British Columbia, V2V 6T7
201 Riverside Drive, London,
Ontario, N6H 1E5
436 Powerline Road, Brantford,
Ontario, N3T 6G5
784 Centre Street, Thornhill,
Ontario, L4J 9G7
75 Cranford Way, Sherwood Park,
Alberta, T8H 2B9
1111 Pembroke Street West, Pembroke,
Ontario, K8A 8P6
65 Livingston Road, Scarborough,
Ontario, M1E 1L1
13500 Riverside Dr E, Tecumseh,
Ontario, N8N OC3
259 Hillcroft Street, Oshawa,
Ontario, L1G 8E4
2100 Bloor Street West, Toronto,
Ontario, M6S 1M7
29 Mississauga Road North, Mississauga,
Ontario, L5H 2H7
20 Shirley's Brook Drive, Kanata,
Ontario, K2K 2W8
4005 Eglinton Ave West, Etobicoke,
Ontario, M9A 5H3
1813 County Road 2E,RR #1, Brockville,
Ontario, K6V 5T1
1955 Steeles Avenue East, North York,
Ontario, M2H 3P1
455 Cedar Street North, Timmins,
Ontario, P4N 8K4
100 Island Lodge Rd , Ottawa,
Ontario, K1N 0A2
4651 23rd St., Vernon,
Ontario, V1T 4K7
550 Wilbrod Street, Ottawa,
Ontario, K1N 9M3
101 Manning Road, Whitby,
Ontario, L1N 9M2