5 Reasons To Choose Inclusive Living
There are a large number of Canadian seniors who face the challenges of Independent Living, but do not require all the services of Assisted Living. At Trico LivingWell, we have the perfect solution to bridge the gap between both of these living options: Inclusive Living. New to Trico LivingWell, Inclusive Living offers older adults flexible support. They need to continue pursuing their passions in comfort and confidence. If you find yourself feeling similar to the sentiments below, Inclusive Living is a perfect retirement option for you.

Top 5 Reasons To Choose Inclusive Living

1. Leave Cooking Behind

Inclusive Living is perfect for those who want to make the most of our diverse wellness cuisine. Our culinary team, led by award-winning Executive Chef Liana Robberecht, is proud to serve up a mouth-watering variety of nutritious meals that reflect a range of dietary needs. Inclusive Living offers two delicious meals daily in the Trico LivingWell restaurant, bistro, or lounge for our residents to enjoy. The two meals included can be used toward breakfast, lunch, or dinner, for added flexibility that accommodates your schedule. The possibilities are endless – whether you want to enjoy a meal out with friends or take advantage of the kitchenette in your private suite, the choice is yours.

2. Leave The Home Maintenance & Cleaning Behind

One of the biggest obstacles to home ownership as we age is home maintenance. We take care of the various tasks that come with this so that you can enjoy the retirement you’ve earned. With a convenient in-suite washer and dryer, weekly light housekeeping & flat linen services, and utilities included, you can focus on loving your days in comfort and confidence.

3. Enjoy On-Site Programs & Amenities

With cooking, cleaning, and home maintenance taken care of, you’ll have more time to enjoy our on-site programming and amenities with wonderful new friends. Through daily scheduled activities and collaborations with leading academic, arts, and cultural organizations in Calgary. Our residents enjoy an array of in-house and external programming that supports active living and lifelong learning. This includes music appreciation, art, gardening, and more. If you do not want to participate in a structured activity, we have a dedicated amenity space where you can fuel your passions and discover new interests while exploring our walking paths, theatre, spa, and more at your leisure.

4. Security & Safety Is A Priority 

Our concrete-constructed building is fitted with advanced safety, accessibility, and technology features to foster safety and security as well as great social connection. For your safety, we have secured entrances with patrolled security, video surveillance, and FOB access. To ensure that you stay healthy, every residential fan coil unit and our common areas have MERV13 filters to ensure superior air quality. When living alone, one worry you may face is how to get help when an emergency arises. At Trico LivingWell, our 24/7 on-site care team is available to respond and ensure you receive the support you need.

5. Ability To Transition to Assisted Living

At Trico LivingWell, we work diligently to support our resident’s independence through a strong wellness culture that supports health and quality of life. Regardless of the living option you require, we ensure that choice and convenience are available so that you can pursue the lifestyle you wish. Should you decide that you require our assisted living services it’s truly just an administrative shift. You can stay right in your suite, no moving required.

Interested in learning more about Inclusive Living? You can check out more here or book a visit to come see what we have to offer in person by clicking here.

At Trico LivingWell: A Year In Review

Check out these highlights from our community over the past year in review!

Lunar New Year celebrations

January – Lunar New Year celebrations with lunch at Clover Living and a blessing from Jingwo YYC.

February – Kicked off paint nights with special guest Sue Deyell from Global Calgary.

March – Hosted an exclusive art exhibit “The Grandmothers” created by local artist Veronika Funk.

April – Delicious Easter brunch with festive pinatas to welcome spring.

May – Enjoyed some delicious BBQ in good company while planting our community garden.

June – GlobalFest Groves Mini One World Festival came to Trico LivingWell.

GlobalFest Groves Mini Festival

July – Start Stampede off right with a delicious spread featuring pancakes, bacon, eggs, and more!

August – Celebrated our first anniversary with a delicious dinner, casino, and photo booth.

September – Hosted our fall open house where we raised funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.

October – Residents and staff participated in the Alzheimer Walk & Run and helped raise over $5,000 to support local families impacted by dementia.

November – ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen for Global News’ “Morning of Giving” Cookie Sale! Over $50,000 was raised for the Magic of Christmas to deliver gifts and food hampers to families in need.

December – Hosted a holiday dinner full of delicious food and drink. A live harp performance made this evening even more magical.

Retirement Planning

Home is where the heart is – it’s a place where we experience many firsts and create many memories. As a result, coming to terms with the fact that our homes may no longer be functional or safe for us as we age can be an upsetting realization.

A lot of attachment to our homes can come from a fear of losing independence. In reality, choosing to move can be the key to preserving independence. While we associate activities like running errands, cooking meals, dressing, and cleaning our homes with maintaining independence, these can quickly go from daily responsibilities to daily adversities when we no longer have the mobility to complete them.

Once we’ve realized that it’s time to make the change, moving becomes the next barrier for many older adults looking at retirement living. While this can feel overwhelming, many retirement communities have resources and connections to make moving as efficient as possible. At Trico LivingWell, we are happy to recommend service providers who can assist you with every part of the process – downsizing, selling your current home, moving, unpacking, and setting up. Once you’ve arrived, Trico LivingWell supports its resident’s independence through a strong wellness culture that prioritizes health, wellness, and quality of life. At Trico LivingWell, independence is all about choice – in activities, dining, and healthcare services, all in a safe and healthy environment.

Maintain Independence Through Activities

One of the best ways to maintain independence is through lifelong learning! Trico LivingWell’s in-house and external programming gives our residents the convenience and support they need to continue doing what they love. With a wide variety of activities ranging from music to art to gardening, there is something for everyone.

Maintain Independence Through Fitness

Staying active goes hand in hand with good health and wellness, two crucial components that help us remain independent for longer. Trico LivingWell hosts daily fitness classes led by professional instructors and specialists focused on fun first – with added movements for balance, mobility, and slip and fall prevention.

Maintain Independence Through On-Site Health Care Services

Sometimes, continuing to be able to do the things you love requires some additional support as we age. That’s why we offer flexible options and amenities at Trico LivingWell. By assisting with nutrition, medication management, bathing, housekeeping, and more, we ensure that our residents choose how they age in place.

Ensure The Choice Is Yours

Sometimes, life throws us unexpected curve balls like accidents, injury, or illness. When you have an established plan in place, this ensures that the choice is yours. You also avoid putting your loved ones in the position of having to make decisions on your behalf. Through some research and planning, you can ensure that you find a retirement living option that allows you to age with purpose and passion while living in comfort and confidence.

Our team would love to continue the conversation about retirement living and answer any questions you may have about this. To book a tour or to find out more, click here.

Benefits of Downsizing to a Retirement Community

The emotions that come with moving to retirement living can be complex. How do honor our past and the memories we’ve made, while moving forward into a new chapter of life? One of the first ways to ease the anxiety associated with moving to retirement living is to dispel some of the myths around this.

Retirement living is not just for older adults who require extra care, and it does not mean that you have to give up your independence. At Trico LivingWell, we empower our residents to maintain their independence through a strong wellness culture that allows them to pursue an active lifestyle. One of the perks of living at Trico LivingWell is the choices available to you – whether you’d like to opt in for our dining, recreation programming, fitness, wellness, and more, you get to pick what suits your lifestyle best.

Despite having an exciting new community to explore, you may find it difficult to know where to start when it comes to downsizing. It can be overwhelming to be unsure of how many possessions you’ve acquired over a lifetime.

Getting Prepared

It can be easy to get distracted thinking about all the different objects and rooms in the house – the pots and pans in the kitchen, the old winter coats in the basement, and then the tricycle in the attic. To avoid becoming overwhelmed, make a list of each room in your house and cross rooms off as you organize. Don’t move on to the next room until you’ve finished the entire room. This will help you stay organized!

The Pile System

To sort more efficiently, we recommend making five piles: keep, give away, sell, throw out, and store.

Keep

When considering what to bring to your new home, ask yourself the following: What space do I have in my new suite? What hospitality services are included? At Trico LivingWell, we have comprehensive accommodation services including utilities, maintenance, security, housekeeping, flat linen service, and more included in our base fee. Accordingly, new residents may opt to not keep the majority of their cleaning products when joining our community.

Give Away

Giving away some of your items is a great way to declutter. When it comes to giving items away, there are many different possibilities. You could invite friends and family over to help you sort and allow them to take what they’d like. Or, you could donate some items to charity. Many charities have pick-up services to help with coordinating this process.

Sell

If you would like to make some extra money while getting rid of a few items, there are many ways to begin selling. Garage sales are a great way to get rid of some possessions while also celebrating the move with your neighbors. Online platforms like Facebook Marketplace, Kijiji, and eBay are all convenient places to sell things locally. Consignment stores offer a unique opportunity to earn money, and whatever does not get sold will go to charity.

Throw Away

Throughout our lives, we tend to accumulate more than we need. Consider throwing away or recycling things that cannot be donated or sold.

Put In Storage

Consider renting a storage unit for bigger items, seasonal items, and/or family heirlooms. Trico LivingWell has secure storage available year-round in our heated, underground parkade. 

Trico LivingWell is happy to recommend service providers that can assist you with everything from downsizing, to selling your current home, to moving and helping you unpack and set up your new home. To learn more, book a tour and come visit us today!

Winter Preparation Tips For Older Adults

There are many things to love about winter. From cozying up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate to strolling through a holiday market, the season can bring a lot of joy, restoration, and relaxation to our lives.

While winter can certainly be a wonderful time of year, this season also comes with its challenges, especially for older adults. Increased darkness and worsening weather conditions leave many older adults isolated. For older adults living far away from loved ones, the amount of time spent with family and friends can decrease drastically, which can lead to loneliness and depression. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to help the older adults in your life combat these challenges during the winter season.

Stock Up on Supplies for Your Loved One

Older adults may have a harder time running errands during the winter given the weather and limited access to transportation. With the weather also comes ice, which can pose a fall hazard for older adults looking to venture into the community. If possible, make time to help your loved one by helping pick up the essentials, like groceries, medication, and other household supplies. If this is not a feasible course of action, consider getting your loved one set up with a weekly meal kit service, like Meals on Wheels. Getting to know your loved ones’ neighbors can also help to ensure they have someone who can check on them when you are unable to make the trip.

Set Up Weekly Video Calls

Video calls are a great way to keep in contact with your loved ones when the weather makes it impossible to meet up consistently. Take some time ahead of the winter season to show your loved one how to operate video call equipment like Skype or Zoom on the electronic device of their choice. This is a great way to increase social connection when face-to-face contact isn’t possible.

Discuss Making the Move to Assisted Living

A 2015 Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation article notes that people using mobility devices saw a decrease in community participation during the winter. This was due to several environmental barriers, including becoming stuck in the snow, cold hands when trying to push buttons, slipping on the ice, and difficulty with inclines and ramps. As older adults face increased mobility issues as a result of the weather, consider having the conversation about moving to an assisted living residence. For older adults who require support with day-to-day activities, the convenience that comes with in-house amenities and care services can help relieve your loved one’s anxiety and stress.

At Trico LivingWell, not only does our assisted living program offer comprehensive accommodations, personalized care services, and diverse dining options, but weekly enrichment programming and activities that support active living, community building, and lifelong learning. Our building has also been designed with safety and mobility in mind – with heated sidewalks to prevent falls, suites featuring barrier-free bathrooms and doorways, and a 24/7 onsite emergency healthcare response, we ensure that your loved one has everything they need to enjoy the best parts of the winter season.

Book a tour with us today to learn more Winter Preparation Tips For Older Adults!

Preparing for cold and flu season

Autumn is truly a magical time of year. As the leaves begin to change colors and fall to the ground, they provide a sense of peace and serenity. The air is cool and crisp, and the smell of wood smoke and pumpkin spice fills the air. It’s a time of transition, where the world prepares to hibernate for the winter. While autumn is a time of beauty, peace, and hope, it does beckon the approach of colder months, and cold and flu season. Accordingly, older adults need to take extra precautions to stay healthy during this time.

Below are some tips and tricks to help preparing for cold and flu season:

1. Get vaccinated:

The flu vaccine is highly recommended for older adults as it can help prevent serious complications from the flu, like pneumonia. At Trico LivingWell, we provide influenza shots on-site for all residents on an annual basis to keep our community safe and healthy.

2. Avoid crowds:

Being in large groups in poorly ventilated spaces can increase your chance of catching the flu. At Trico LivingWell, one of the ways we mitigate this risk is through our air filtration system – individual fan coils, heat recovery ventilators, and HEPA filters maximize our air quality and flow to keep residents healthy.

3. Stay warm:

Dress in warm layers to keep your body temperature regulated. This can help reduce the risk of catching a cold. Be sure to layer your clothing for the ease of being able to bundle up in the chilly mornings and shed some layers as the sun shines in the afternoon.

4. Stay hydrated:

Dehydration is an often-overlooked health risk for older adults, given that as we age, our bodies naturally contain less water than children or even younger adults. Water is necessary for nearly every bodily function and plays a role in keeping our immune system strong.

5. Stay active:

Exercise helps boost your immune system and keep you feeling your best. Try going for a walk or doing some light stretching. At Trico LivingWell, we offer our residents access to our wellness center as well as a variety of fun exercise classes to stay active.

Benefits of music for elderly

By arranging sounds, we create music. But music means so much more to us than this simple definition implies. Through elements like rhythm, melody, and harmony, music expresses ideas and evokes emotions. Music is timeless – bringing back cherished memories, elevating our experiences in the present moment, and giving us hope for the future. While music plays an important role throughout our lifetime, it has a large number of benefits specifically for older adults.

Memory Care & Music

Within our brain, different areas form a network called the limbic system that is responsible for memory, emotion, and movement. According to ComForCare, listening to music lights up areas in this system that help to stimulate cognitive function and promote self-regulation, perception, attention, and memory. Additionally, music can help older adults maintain language, speech, creativity, and productivity – all important skills that assist in memory care.

Physical benefits of music for elderly

With music comes movement! Whether it’s dancing, stretching, or simply tapping your feet to the beat, music is a great motivator to get active. Staying active goes hand in hand with wellness, helping improve mobility and overall health. At Trico LivingWell, our fitness classes like yoga and seated Zumba incorporate music for these benefits. Some additional physical benefits of music for older adults include improving sleep quality and the management of physical pain.

Mental Benefits of Music for Older Adults

For older adults, isolation can greatly impact their quality of life, which can lead to depression and anxiety. Web MD notes that music can alleviate symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. Music helps people express themselves when words aren’t enough to explain how they feel. It also provides a medium to connect. Whether it’s connecting with grandkids over the most outrageous new genre of music, or sharing a memory associated with a song from your childhood with a caregiver, music promotions connection.

At Trico LivingWell, our residents enjoy live concerts on a weekly basis in our dedicated theatre as part of our programming and activities. Our Active Body Active Mind Memory Care program also incorporates music to support older adults in our community living with dementia and other cognitive conditions. Interested in learning more? Book a tour with us today! You can also check out the activities our residents enjoy on a weekly basis here.

Autumn beautiful yellows

As we head into September, signs of the arrival of autumn are all around us – crisp air, the beautiful yellows, oranges, and reds of changing leaves, and an abundance of delicious comforting meals as farmers begin to harvest. Autumn also marks the beginning of changes to the weather. As the temperature drops, it is important to consider how this might impact our health and safety. This is especially important in places like Calgary, where the weather can turn on a dime (Calgary has experienced snow as early as August 15!). Here are 3 autumn preparation tips for seniors to help you make the most of the season while remaining safe.

Autumn Preparation Tips For Seniors

1. Proactively Plan For Flu Season

According to the National Institute on Aging, the flu is more dangerous for older adults given that our immune system weakens as we age. Further to this, the flu can cause additional health complications like pneumonia. The most effective way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each year.  At Trico LivingWell, we provide influenza shots on-site for all residents on an annual basis to keep our community safe and healthy. Washing your hands, keeping your space clean, and staying home when you are sick are additional precautions you can take.

2. Stay Warm In A Stylish Sweater

Not only does slipping into your favorite fall sweater guarantee comfort, but this is also a great way to keep warm with the dropping temperatures! Be sure to layer your clothing for the ease of being able to bundle up in the chilly mornings and shed some layers as the sun shines in the afternoon.

3. Sweep Away Leaves and Additional Debris

Spending time in nature has great benefits for our health, and autumn is a perfect time to do so – with the beautiful, picturesque scenery, going for a walk amongst the tapestry of falling leaves is an elevated experience. While there’s no doubt that the falling leaves are beautiful, these can be a tripping hazard when stepping out to enjoy the crisp autumn air. Ask a loved one to help you sweep leaves away that could pose a fall risk near entrances of your home. At Trico LivingWell, our maintenance team ensures our residents don’t have to worry about this by doing leaf removal frequently.

Managing these considerations on your own can feel intimidating at times. If you’re looking for some additional peace of mind, consider looking into a retirement living community like Trico LivingWell which has building features that help keep residents safe during the changing seasons. Trico LivingWell is outfitted with heated sidewalks to keep our residents safe from falling hazards, as well as a comprehensive on-site team consisting of utilities, maintenance, security, and housekeeping to help residents feel comfortable and safe so they can spend time focused on aging well.

Book a tour today and come see our community for yourself!

As we enter our golden years, our hearts undergo various changes that need to be considered for our overall wellness. With so much health information out there, it can be tricky to know where to start! We’ve compiled 3 tips to get you started on your healthy heart journey:

Tips for a healthy heart

1. Get Moving Every Day

By engaging in physical activity, you can strengthen your heart and improve its ability to pump blood throughout your body. This helps to lower blood pressure, manage blood sugar and insulin, and reduce the risk of developing heart disease. You don’t need to engage in intense workouts to reap the benefits of physical activity. Simply find an activity you enjoy, like taking a relaxing walk, playing pickleball, or gardening. Plus, spending time outdoors has a host of other health benefits!

2. Eat Heart-Healthy Foods

Your diet plays a crucial role in keeping your heart healthy. According to Harvard’s Nutrition Source, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, fish, poultry, and vegetable oils can help prevent heart disease. At Trico LivingWell, we prioritize nutrition for our residents by providing fresh fruits and vegetables that make healthy choices easy. Our talented culinary team ensures that every meal is both nutritious and delicious!

3. Prioritize Good Sleep Habits

Getting enough sleep is an important part of physical wellness that supports your heart health. While you sleep, your heart rate and blood pressure decrease, which helps to support your cardiovascular system. Older adults should aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night, according to the National Institute on Aging. Establishing a bedtime routine, keeping your bedroom at a comfortable temperature, and avoiding caffeine in the evening can all help improve the quality of your sleep. Sweet dreams!

Please note that these guidelines are general recommendations and are for information purposes only. No material on our website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the medical advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider when undertaking a new health regimen.

Strawberry Lemonade

Beat the summer heat with a refreshing pitcher of Strawberry Lemonade! Cool off and quench your thirst with this delicious drink, courtesy of our Front of House Server, April.

Ingredients

Garnish: 

Instructions: 

Stir to combine strawberry puree, lemon juice, and water. If you find it too sour you can add sugar or another sweetener of your choice like maple syrup or honey. This is best for a healthy heart. Serve with ice. Serves 20