Health and Wellness Trend in Retirement Communities

There's an ongoing trend from Victoria, BC to Fredericton, NB as wellness centers are springing up in retirement communities everywhere. Promoting a sense of well-being and engaging residents mentally and physically is a trend that's certain to continue as seniors enjoy the benefits of being active and inspired.

Origin Communities Stress Active Mind and Body

As you walk through the Origin Evergreen active lifestyle community in Mississauga, you'll hear the wellness center buzzing with activity. There's water-walking and swim classes going on in the saltwater pool, while right next-door the spa is alive with the sounds of residents enjoying esthetic services like facials, manicures and pedicures.

Gina Filice, Origin's life-enrichment coordinator believes that a variety of activities addressing the well being of both body and mind is key to happy healthy residents. She comments that besides the physical and emotional benefits in the activities provided, there's the social aspect that is important at every stage of life particularly for seniors.

Time to get active - like never before!

The calendar at the Origin community is filled with activities centered on the needs and the pace of the individuals in each class. Their yoga, glee club and Nordic pole walking classes focus particularly on physical and also include emotional health. The philosophy at Origin is that the seniors should be able to embrace the opportunities that they may not have had the time to enjoy during their working years and this type of community experience is long overdue in today's society as a whole.

From Computer Class to Latin Dance

The wellness trend is catching on everywhere! In communities like Amica Mature Lifestyles, the shift is away from the view that individuals are defined by their age or disability to one that embraces a multi-dimensional, holistic model of wellness. Amica promotes mental sharpness by providing computer classes and tutorials for residents that want to keep up and develop new computer skills. The Amica community in Whitby, Ontario offers Zumba Gold classes, senior friendly Latin dance and mPower, a strength-training program customized to the individual.

Music Concerts and Competitions

Outdoor activities are enjoyed at the Chartwell community in Muskoka, Ontario's cottage country, where the stunning natural beauty is the perfect backdrop to music concerts featuring local entertainers. Residents are encouraged to participate in music competitions involving all Chartwell communities. The community is situated on protected parkland that allows for ample walking paths and space to enjoy the scenic outdoors.

Fredericton Community Adds a Wellness Centre

Windsor court in Fredericton, NB has been open for 20 years and they've recently added a state of the art wellness center to the facility. Marketing Manager Paul Doucette said in an interview that to address the needs of their residents, the expansion includes senior friendly exercise rooms, an endless wave therapy pool, and an onsite health clinic for weekly blood pressure checks, foot-care services, and a flu clinic. This addition was inspired by the measurable benefits that a wellness program provides in a senior community.

The focus on health and wellbeing is a positive trend for retirement communities across the country. It's comforting and reassuring to know that retirement life can consist of more activity than non-activity, socializing more than isolation, and an overall sense of wellness during a period of life that should be enhanced by good health whenever possible.

Alice Lucette is a writer for, a great resource for retirement homes, where you can compare senior housing providers' services & costs for Free, read educational articles, and watch videos on a range of topics related to senior care.

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1 comment:

  1. Health and wellness is the first thing that you have to consider in choosing 55 and over communities on long island. Make sure your community has this.