How an Activities Department Encourages Active Senior Living

Encourages Active Senior Living

You may think to yourself, “well isn’t it obvious? It’s in the name!” While you may have a point to a certain degree, an activities department at a school, for instance, is going to be vastly different from an activities department at an Oakville retirement community. As you age, activities that are beneficial may change. For example, if you have joint pain, high impact exercise may not be a good fit. You might benefit more from swimming instead of running. Or perhaps you have sensitive skin and a walk or run outside may not be beneficial and you need indoor options.

If you’re not sure what “active living” means exactly, we have a blog from earlier this month that can help you understand.

What Does an Activities Department for an Oakville Retirement Community Do?

A good way to understand this is to take a look at our activities calendar. We will use the first half of this month’s calendar as an example:

You can see that we offer a wide variety of options for our residents, but what we would like to focus in on for this blog are the more “active” activities. Our two main offerings that we have every week are an exercise program (this occurs multiple times a week) and Wii Bowling. These activities get our residents up and moving while enjoying their time together as a community. We also have happy hours and music days where our residents are always welcome to dance and enjoy moving to the music.

It is important to us that our residents have many chances to engage in an active lifestyle while also bonding with those they have chosen to make a community with. If we were not observing social distancing procedures, we would also be taking our residents for day trips around town and various surrounding areas. An active lifestyle is not just about exercise, it is about doing things you enjoy that inherently get you up and moving. But currently to keep our residents safe from infection, all activities have to stay within our Oakville retirement community. We take our residents’ health and safety very seriously and are working hard to maintain our five plus years without an outbreak.

An Oakville Retirement Community to Be Proud Of

Are you or a loved one looking for a community where active senior living is included in the daily offerings? Queens Avenue Retirement Residence can help you maintain your active lifestyle and discover fun, new activities to enrich your retirement life. Ask us about setting up a personalized virtual tour to see how you will fit in with our community.

Retirement is When You Can “Skip the Dishes” Everyday

Skip the Dishes

Cooking is a wonderful thing to do both alone and for people you care about. It lets you use your senses to create something to nourish yourself and others. But sometimes life gets in the way and you simply don’t have the time or energy to do it. As you age, seeing to this responsibility during your senior living in Oakville is only more complex. That’s why Queen’s Avenue Retirement Residence offers an expert culinary experience for its residents.

What if I Want to Cook?

You will still be able to! All of our suites come with full kitchens. We always support the independence of those living in our senior residence in Oakville, and your ability to cook for yourself is no exception. Our dining program is there for those who want to use it and is by no means mandatory. If you need to go out and get some groceries, ask us about our in-house personal shopping service and talk to our staff about how we can help support you. Normally we would help arrange for a way to help get you out shopping if you’re a non-driver, but given the current need to stay at home, our residents should ask us about alternative ways we can get you the groceries you need when you want to cook yourself a meal or two.

What Does Dining Services at Your Senior Residence in Oakville Offer?

This can depend on what your dining needs are, but our general dining plan includes breakfast and a five-course dinner. If you need something during lunchtime, we offer refreshments throughout the day, but we also have a lunch program for those that need something more in the middle of the day. We are also happy to accommodate for any specific dietary needs or restrictions our residents may have, we can accommodate specific or medical diets. Our senior residence in Oakville makes a point of communicating between departments to ensure that any health concerns, including dietary restrictions or concerns, are addressed whenever a resident needs specific accommodation. If you are curious about what we are currently offering you can contact us and ask about our recent options, or if you are just looking for a general idea of what types of food we offer, you can see an example menu here. If you’re curious about what else we have in store at our senior residence in Oakville, you can take a look at our pre-recorded virtual tour, or give us a call and schedule a personalized virtual tour.

The Importance of an Active Lifestyle After Retirement

Lifestyle After Retirement

As you enjoy yourself in your retirement residence in Oakville, it’s crucial to get up and do what you can to enrich your life and keep moving. That’s why Queens Avenue Retirement Residence does its utmost to provide plentiful opportunities for the members of our senior living community in Oakville to get up and go do things that make them happy.

What Is an “Active Lifestyle”?

                Simply put, it’s when you participate in various physical activities through your day as opposed to remaining sedentary for most of the day. During the age of social distancing, it’s a little more difficult to lead an active lifestyle. Not all of these will work currently when we all need to do our part to keep others safe, but some activities we suggest for those living in retirement residences in Oakville are:

  • Nature walks or walks around town
  • Swimming or water aerobics
  • Biking
  • Dancing to music
  • Gardening
  • Light exercise
  • Some active video games like Wii Bowling and Just Dance

You may ask yourself what might be considered a “sedentary” activity if you’re trying to avoid too much of that. Some sedentary activities that you may do on a daily basis includes:

  • Watching T.V.
  • Using the computer
  • Reading
  • Knitting

There’s nothing inherently wrong with any of this, though. The problem is when you do too much of it. In fact, you can make all these activities more active simply by getting up while you do them. If you’re trying to be less sedentary, you could see about moving a standing desk into your suite in your retirement residence in Oakville. With a standing desk almost all of the above activities go from sedentary to active!

What Can an Active Lifestyle Do for You?

While there are more specific advantages to having an active lifestyle during your senior living in Oakville, we can’t overemphasize the general quality of life improvement that it has. Some more specific benefits include:

  • Preventing heart disease
  • Decreasing risk of falls
  • Producing endorphins that help relieve stress
  • Preventing diabetes
  • Connecting with the community around you
  • Improving cognitive ability
  • Increasing strength
  • Maintaining or increasing bone density

How Does Queens Avenue Retirement Residence Support an Active Lifestyle?

                Our retirement residence in Oakville has a robust activities program that includes such active programming as fitness classes, day trips, gardening club, Wii Bowling tournaments and more. If you’re interested in learning more about what we have to offer or in seeing our retirement residence, take a look at our virtual tour or contact us.