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LIVING THE Fun LIFE

F or 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 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 their workshops. According 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 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. “My goal has and always will be to bring residents exciting activities to do throughout the day that benefit them physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually,” says Emily Reitsma, Fun Manager at Seasons Wetaskiwin. “We also provide residents with volunteer opportunities that allow them to use their skills while making a difference in their community.” While there are many ways to get involved, people can spend the day as they wish. They will be encouraged to join in but indeed 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. In contrast, other outgoing residents enjoy getting involved in game nights or group initiatives. “I try to find something new for residents to try, or continue to provide the activities they love and enjoy. I try to attract new residents to join in each month. At the end of the activity, if the residents leave happy with smiles on their faces, I consider it a job well done,” says Rebecca McCullough, Fun Manager at Seasons Strathroy.

Our Fun Managers have also been helping residents utilize new technology to keep them engaged and connected. Seasons has invested in an exciting new platform called Cubigo that further connects our staff, residents, and family members regarding communication and activities, along with other benefits. Residents can now access a Cubigo channel in their suite, which provides helpful information like dining menus, community news, and activities calendars. Cubigo can also be used for live video classes organized by local staff and other content providers. It is accessible through a mobile app for families, staff and residents as well. “I’ve had many residents’ family members tell me that they need to check with the monthly calendar before visiting their parents, so they don’t interfere with their planned day. We love to show our residents having fun and welcome all to join in,” finishes Rebecca. 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.

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