We were very proud as an organization to go through Accreditation in February 2018. Throughout the process every community was prepared with their teams to showcase the outstanding work we all do at our locations for the residents and Seniors we provide for. We achieved a high rating of 96.5%. Accreditation looked at our processes, how we make decisions, policies and procedures and toured a selection of residences for the day. Our teams did an amazing job as they do everyday to achieve this excellent rating. To learn more about Accreditaion Canada and the work they do, goto https://accreditation.ca/

Do you know an Extraordinary Senior? Someone who goes above and beyond to help those in the community? We are looking for amazing seniors in BC! This Senior may be an organizer of charitable events, a volunteer, community leader or gives back in some way to the community. In partnership with the PNE, Retirement Concepts is proud to sponsor the Extraordinary Senior Award. We are looking for submission of 1000 words or less of why the outstanding senior qualifies as Extraordinary. Senior to be over the age of 65, lives in British Columbia.

Our Seniors ore often are unsung heroes and we want to take the time to recognize those Seniors who do wonderful work in our cities, towns and communities. It is time to recognize those who help those who need it most. NOMINATE TODAY!

Come see our Marketing Manager, Sandra, at our Guildford Seniors Village booth at the Active Aging Resource Fair on Saturday March 24th from 9-3PM at the Guildford Recreation Centre.

This is a FREE event, great prizes, amazing music and also free Flu vaccinations! Pop in for a Zumba class or a Magic Show!

At Retirement Concepts, our Teams  are proud to open our doors and invite you into our first National Earth Day Open House on April 21st. We take pride in working with our residents to create a safe and environmentally friendly space. We will have Earth day events, such as Green Gardening, Power SMART tips and Recycling How Too’s. Each location will have different events planned.  Also, there will be live Entertainment. Chef Warren has designed some appetizers to please the palette and rejuvenate the soul. All of our communities are taking part in this fun event that will be from 1-3PM. Drop into one of our locations and enjoy the afternoon. Call 1-844-603-4663 for more information on our National Earth Day Open House or email info@retirementconcepts.com

 

According to the Canadian Department of Justice, elderly fraud is on the rise. Approximately 10% of seniors are victims each year in Canada.  The majority of these crimes are property rather than violent crimes. Areas of greatest concern are the following:

  1. Financial crimes by strangers. A variety of fraudulent schemes fall in this category, including Ponzi schemes (investment), false promises of prizes, aggressive telemarketing, schemes involving health products.
  2. Email Scams.
  3. Repair Scams.

How can you avoid these scams?

Join us on March 15th for a Job Fair at the Comox Seniors Village. Interviews will be held on site. Bring your resumes. We are looking for new members to join our outstanding team!

Servers, Care Aides and RN’s please apply.

Thinking of a change of location? We have great career opportunities at Williams Lake Seniors Village. Ask about our relocation packages available. February 22nd & 23rd from 10AM to 3PM

Drop by for your interview!

1455 Western Ave, Williams Lake, BC, V2G 5N1
 (250) 305-1131

A great article from the Comox Valley Record:

Stay active and enjoy your golden years

Exercise offers benefits to both physical and mental wellness

Exercising and living an active lifestyle is important at any age. Whether it’s doing chores, strolling in the garden to enjoy nature or taking an exercise class, there are plenty of opportunities for active living.

Exercise is good for not only preventing health problems and strengthening muscles, it’s been proven to benefit the mind as well by protecting memory and thinking skills.

Experts recommend 150 minutes of exercise a week for adults over 65, which can be broken down to around 20 minutes a day.

Physical activity can be broken down into four main categories: aerobic, strength, balance and flexibility.

Exercises that will increase the heart rate can be classified as aerobic. Aquacise, gardening, line dancing or joining a walking group are all fun ways to raise breathing and heart rate. These activities can also build up endurance, making everyday activities easier to carry out.

Strength exercises are designed to make muscles stronger by lifting or pushing weight. By targeting specific muscle groups, strength can be built by gradually increasing the weight used. In order to give muscles time to rest, these kinds of exercises shouldn’t be done two days in a row. Weight exercises are also easy to do while sitting down.

For older adults, balance training is a very important component in exercise regimes. Activities like backwards walking, sideways walking, heel walking and even tai chi can help prevent falls. Balance exercises can also be easily incorporated into everyday tasks, as they can be done anywhere and anytime.

Stretching exercises are meant to improve overall flexibility, leading to more freedom and mobility in older adults. Knowing how to stretch properly is critical, as improper stretching can lead to muscle and tissue damage. Joining a group class is a good idea to not only learn proper stretching techniques, but an opportunity to ask questions about other forms of exercise.

Remember to consult with your health care provider if you have arthritis, diabetes or heart conditions before exercising to find the right regime for you.

It’s easy to find the time to be active if you break up the time into 10-minute intervals. Trying different exercise activities is also great way to learn something new while meeting new friends.

To find out more about the different exercise programs available at Comox Valley Seniors Village, call 250-331-1183 or visit online.

To learn more about the exercise programs available at Casa Loma Seniors Village, call 250.897.1033 or visit online.

Frank & Vivian moved into Maple Ridge Seniors Village community in 2017. Frank lives in an Assisted Living suite and Vivian is in Complex Care. It was imperative for them to not be separated and the timing was perfect as we had suites available for their needs at the same time! They met in Kelowna while working together at the SM Simpson Sawmill. It was the only place at the time, Frank says, that you could get decent pay. When they had met, it was love at first site! Vivian recalls, ” we just couldn’t say goodnight“.

After being married for 67+ years and having seven children, Vivian says the secret is, “Don’t look at other guys!” Frank’s advice to newlyweds, “Take one day at a time and always stand by your partner and make sure they know you love them

Happy Valentines Day!

Are you in need of support, resources & education?

Come to the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Family Caregivers Series in March to learn about dementia and coping strategies in a supportive environment with other families and friends who are providing support to someone with dementia.

 The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is offering FREE education here at Guildford Seniors Village in our RC innovation Centre (basement level).

The Family Caregiver Series: four Thursdays, March 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

Pre-registration is required. To reserve a seat, please call 604-449-5000 or email: info.southfraser@alzheimerbc.org

http://www.alzheimer.ca/en/bc