Getting the Most Out of Independent Living with Hygge

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If you haven’t heard of it, “Hygge” is a Danish practice of self-care and coziness that everyone, including our residents living in senior retirement residences in Oakville, can benefit from.

Pronounced “HUE-guh”, Hygge is less about learning a specific method, buying things to fit a certain aesthetic, or adhering to a certain diet. It’s more about knowing how to be more present and in the moment in your independent living, and what’s beautiful about that is it’s something unique to everyone.

In an article from, they explain that Hygge is a feeling of, “togetherness, relaxation, indulgence, presence, and comfort.”

How Can I Use Hygge in my Independent Living?

What’s wonderful about Hygge is how it’s about creating a feeling of contentment for yourself and others, so everyone can have different ways of experiencing Hygge on a day to day basis. It could be as simple as having some cozy daily rituals that you adhere to in your senior retirement residence. Here are some ways that we think our residents—or other members of the Oakville community and the rest of the world—could use to bring a little Hygge into their lives:

  • Making your favourite tea, a lovely cup of cocoa, or a warm cup of coffee and having it in a set of fine china or a nice mug that you cherish.
  • Dressing up in a stylish or fancy outfit that you love even if you’re just having a relaxing day at home in your senior retirement residence.
  • Wrapping yourself in your favourite blanket while talking to a loved one over the phone, or maybe looking at a photo album of fond memories.

You make your daily life in independent living a special event, which is part of the essence of Hygge.

How Does Queens Avenue Retirement Help Create Hygge?

We take the idea of enriching the lives of our residents very seriously. It is our happy responsibility to help create a community in which they feel content, cozy, and cared for. Some of the ways we like to help create this community are:

  • Our high-quality dining experience that brings our residents delicious and nourishing food, so every meal feels like a special occasion.
  • The activities we have planned for our residents in independent living and those using assisted living services. Every month we create a calendar of events to ensure that our residents have something to look forward to.
  • Our expert housekeeping services to allow our residents to focus on the best parts of life while still maintaining a clean and comfortable living space.

While the word “Hygge” may not necessarily be a part of our formally stated values, what it represents is something Queens Avenue Retirement sees as paramount for our residents: comfort, happiness, and enjoying life.

Join Our Community

Are you looking for a senior retirement residence in Oakville? Queens Avenue Retirement is here to provide you with an enriching senior independent living experience. If you’re interested in seeing how we can help provide you or your loved one with your own piece of Hygge, contact us or take a look at our virtual tour.

How Social Activities Benefit Older Adults and Support a Better Life

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As we age, there is an increased focus on remaining healthy and fit. Most people know that exercise is great for your heart but finding ways to maintain your fitness level is just one component of healthy aging. As such, most senior homes in Oakville include not only physical activities as part of their recreation and leisure program but also plenty of social activities too.

Social isolation is a common issue for older adults, which can contribute to a more rapid cognitive and physical decline. This is just one of the reasons why seeking out Oakville retirement residences can be the right decision when it comes to maintaining a lifestyle that supports positive opportunities to learn and grow.

4 Ways Seniors Benefit from Social Activities

Maintaining an active social life as you age can be a challenge, but the benefits are worth finding ways to make it happen even as we practice social distancing. Queens Avenue Retirement Residence in Oakville knows how important it is to continue a passion for life, at every age. Offering a monthly social calendar with a wide variety of options, our program has something for everyone.  We’ve modified our monthly programs during the COVID-19 outbreak to keep our residents safe, but also still keep them engaged.

There are so many ways that older adults can benefit from keeping social, but here are five that we really liked:

  1. Reduces the risk of depression. If you are not able to get out and about as much as you used to, it can lead to feelings of sadness and depression. Senior homes in Oakville provide a great opportunity to maintain an active social life since they make it much easier to surround yourself with new interests and new relationships on a daily basis.
  1. Improves cognitive function. Activities like crosswords, games and puzzles, and even chatting with friends are fantastic for keeping your mind sharp. These enjoyable activities support better cognitive health which has been shown to reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
  1. Lowers your blood pressure by lowering stress. Interacting with and being around friends and family—even if only over the phone or via video call—and participating in activities you enjoy, can lower your stress levels leading to a healthier blood pressure. Keeping your blood pressure in check helps reduce risk factors for heart disease.
  1. Increases motivation. When you remain socially active, you are more likely to be continually inspired to try new things and be interested in new experiences. This increased motivation to live a full and engaged life supports better self-confidence and mental health.

Enhance Your Social Life at Queens Avenue Retirement Residence in Oakville

Even if it has been a while since you’ve tried something new or made new friends, there is still plenty of time to get started now and realize some of the benefits listed above. At Queens Avenue Retirement Residence, our balanced approach to independent living means you get the support you need while still being able to choose from a long list of activities that keep you engaged and energized. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of our approach or take our virtual tour.