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Body & Soul: What to Look for in a Retirement Residence

Body & Soul: What to Look for in a Retirement Residence

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Body & Soul: What to Look for in a Retirement Residence

HOUSE CALLS – Where experts answer questions on beauty, health and wellness.

In this issue, Grace Pastore, Sales and Marketing Manager of Verve Senior Living, discusses…

What to Look for in a Retirement Residence

Q – My husband and I are both in our 70s, but are very young at heart, healthy, active and extremely independent. We plan to sell our family home in the near future and hope to settle in a place where we can stay as we age. My husband feels that it is too early to live in a senior’s residence. What are the benefits of moving into a retirement residence at our age, and what should we look for?


A – There are many things to consider when looking for that special place that will meet all the requirements that both you, and your husband, are looking for.

Health & Wellness

We all want to remain in good health, and feel our best – physically, mentally and socially. At Evergreen Retirement, a highly-skilled group of healthcare professionals are available 24/7 – if required.

Dining

For many of us, the kitchen was always the heart of the home. Our meals are made with fresh, local ingredients, and are prepared from scratch by a professionally trained culinary team. We take care of everything so that you can enjoy your time with friends and family – we’re at your service.

Safety & Security

At Evergreen Retirement, our 24-hour concierge and 24-hour emergency response system are just the beginning. All of our staff are trained in specific safety and security procedures.

You are surrounded by people who genuinely care about your well-being and peace of mind.

Life Enrichment

It’s all about individual preferences. You can be as active and as social as you choose to be. We offer daily recreational activities and wellness programs, in addition to live music twice a week. Transportation to medical appointments and shopping excursions, as well as trips to Stratford, the Shaw Festival, Ripley’s Aquarium, boat cruises, etc., are all chauffeured by Evergreen’s personal van/bus driver.

Amenities

There are no shortage of things to do at Evergreen Retirement to keep you stimulated and having fun. Get a team together for the on-site, five-pin bowling alley, play a game of bridge, join a walking club, exercise in the pool, or treat yourself to a spa day at Sterling Silver Spa & Salon. As the day winds down, relax with friends for a tea or coffee in our cafe, or enjoy a cocktail during happy hour in Evergreen’s Windows Bar, while listening to live music.

Location

Located in a gorgeous setting in Mississauga, Evergreen Retirement is conveniently located with easy access to Toronto, all major highways and the airport, as well as a plethora of shopping and dining options. This well-appointed retirement community offers a full range of lifestyle alternatives. You can choose to be completely independent, independent with assistance or, if required, assisted living – all in a secure environment. With these types of options, it makes Evergreen the ideal choice for aging in place in an inspired, senior living environment.

Live a life filled with verve at Evergreen Retirement. verveseniorliving.com

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Body & Soul: House Calls - Aging in Place

Aging in Place

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Aging in Place

Photography: (interior) courtesy of Evergreen Retirement Community; (bottom) bigstockphoto.com

HOUSE CALLS – Where experts answer questions on beauty, health and wellness.

In this issue, Barbara Perinot, RPN and General Manager of Evergreen Retirement Community (verveseniorliving.com), discusses…

Aging in Place

Q – I am an active sixty-eight-year-old woman and my husband, seventy-two, has just been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. We have decided to sell our house and move to a retirement residence that will give me the independence that I need, and the assistance that my husband might require in the future. Do you have any suggestions as to what to look for?


A – When searching for your future home in a retirement living community, it’s important that the home tries to incorporate your personal, spiritual, physical, social, intellectual and emotional needs through their daily programming.

A retirement home should allow you to live in a comfortable home environment, while enjoying its various amenities and services. A supportive life enrichment program will keep you as busy as you choose to be, while maintaining your independence.

The key to a healthy lifestyle

Quality food is important to a healthy lifestyle, as good food triggers positive memories that are associated with happiness and social interaction. When choosing a retirement home, it’s important to sample the food from the menu.

Aging in place

Supportive care options are very important, and will allow you the freedom to know that your loved one is cared for within the retirement home while you participate in quality programs inside, and outside, of the community. A retirement home that has the option of an assisted living floor will allow for an easier transition when medical, or cognitive, needs change. Aging in place is what retirement homes should strive for, and it’s imperative that wellness initiatives focus on keeping the mind stimulated and engaged.

Healthy mind and body

Physical programs promote a healthy mind and body. Move long and live strong – there’s much to be said for being as active as possible for as long as possible. Physical programs should be able to accommodate people of all abilities and provide a variety of focused programs.

Email questions or concerns for our beauty, health and wellness specialists to jayne@homesmag.com


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