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working hard to make sure the needs of our residents are being met and their safety is prioritized, whether that be in their suites, at meals or while taking part in an activity,” says Tia Chichkan, Fun Manager, at Seasons Belle River. “We have been there to celebrate their birthdays, anniversaries and other special milestones, even if they might look different than years past. We have been doing everything we can to make sure they know we are there for them like a family member would be,” finishes Tia.

It’s important to us at Seasons Retirement Communities to offer activity programming that suits the preferences of each resident, while looking to meet their physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional needs. If you have questions about our activity programs, please speak with the Seasons Fun Manager. *Activity calendars and offerings are subject to change based on protocol.

LIVING THE Fun LIFE

A ccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults are at increased risk for loneliness and social isolation because they are more likely to face factors such as living alone, the loss of family or friends, chronic illness, and hearing loss. Social isolation can increase a person’s risk of developing dementia, heart disease, stroke and mental health issues, some as much as 50 percent. For some, the decision to move into a retirement community stems from an increasing desire to be more social and make new friends. Seasons offers several activities laid out in a monthly calendar which is shaped by the preferences and desires of each home’s residents. Our Fun Managers are open and willing to incorporate favourite pastimes, respond to feedback, and encourage residents to lead workshops based on their talents and interests. For example, Seasons High River hosts a regular Jam Night session. A talented resident named Wally often takes part, playing guitar and singing for his fellow residents who enjoy listening to live music. During the pandemic, instead of in-person, Wally was able to continue playing by conference call. Residents could tune in to listen from the telephone

in their suites. Similar accommodations were made for other activities, such as hallway safe alternatives where residents could participate from their open doorway or small group offerings.* Our Fun Managers have also been helping residents utilize new technology to keep them engaged and connected. “Our residents are pleased to be able to access video call technology to help them stay in touch with friends and family. Our team members are happy to help residents familiarize themselves with these new platforms and devices if needed,” says Dorothy Szczepanski, Fun Manager at Seasons High River. While there are many ways to get involved, people can spend the day as they wish. They will be encouraged to join in, but certainly never forced. There are many other ways for residents to socialize with their neighbours. Sometimes more introverted residents simply enjoy reading a book in the bistro or heading on a walk outside with a friend, while other outgoing residents enjoy getting involved in game nights or group initiatives, like our Seniorosity ® program. Seasons has also invested in an exciting new platform called Cubigo which will help further connect our staff, residents, and family members when it comes to communication and activities, along with other benefits. Every resident will be able to access a Cubigo channel in their suite. This channel will not only provide useful information like dining menus, community news, and activities calendars but can be used for live video classes organized by local staff and other content providers. It will be accessible through a mobile app for residents, families, and staff. Meanwhile, our dedicated staff continue to work around the clock to ensure that our residents are happy, healthy, and cared for. “We have been

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