As people age, physical limitations begin to hinder enjoyment of activities that were once part of daily life. Today’s seniors find alternatives through the enjoyment of arts and crafts projects that provide a sense of accomplishment while maintaining an active lifestyle. At Thorncliffe Place and other Ottawa retirement homes, arts and crafts instruction is provided to residents as part of daily activities. The trend in many Ottawa Retirement homes is to have craft fairs that showcase the creativity of residents. Thorncliffe has its own Bazaar in the month of November with all proceeds donated to charity.
Crafts for the elderly are much more advanced than they once were. Regardless of whether a resident is new to crafting or has been crafting for a lifetime, mental or physical limitations that often accompany aging make it difficult for some seniors to enjoy certain crafts. However, by adapting the craft or using special equipment, most senior citizens are able to once again enjoy a favorite pastime. There are a number of easy crafts for seniors that many people don’t realize seniors would enjoy learning. Thorncliffe still offers options of easier tasks that may involve the use of pipe cleaners and papier-mâché, but residents are also invited to continue what they did when they were younger. Making jewelry, for instance is very popular while others still quilt, knit, and crochet. There are some new talents many residents at Thorncliffe can learn for example painting with oils and watercolors, this allows them to be creative, have fun and relax on a Saturday afternoon while feeling productive.
Another popular craft especially at Thorncliffe is creating greeting cards; this allows them to create something that is useful and could be given away to family members and enjoyed by all. Other popular activities at Thorncliffe that allow the residents to express their creativity include creating pictures, posters, arts and crafts, ceramics, weaving, cooking and non-cooking activities, gardening and scrapbooking.
Thorncliffe Residents are still as active and engaged as they ever were, so they are not limited to the ideas of craft hour in the Thorncliffe Garden Room. The art making process is creative and can serve as a way to explore your past and your present experiences. Whether you look at art work as therapy or just a way to have fun it is a powerful tool. It’s never too late to discover or to find new ways to relax an essential part of who you are. The idea is that the elderly should continue to do what they did, what they love to do, and whatever they can do to keep their minds and souls healthy and happy.
Do you think that healthy eating is all about dieting and sacrifice? Think again. Eating well is a part of a healthy lifestyle that embraces colourful food, creativity in the kitchen, and eating with friends. As we age, eating well can also be the key to a positive outlook and staying well emotionally.
Eating well is a feast for your five senses! Wholesome meals give you more energy and help you look better, resulting in a self-esteem boost. It’s all connected—when your body feels well you feel happier inside and out. To ensure that they feel well, seniors should be able to enjoy their meals and make their eating experience healthy and a fine dining experience! This is the Thorncliffe Place approach to food and nutrition.
Proper nutrition is necessary to ensure that muscles, bones, organs, and other body parts will be strong for the long haul. Eating vitamin rich food boosts immunity and fights illness-causing toxins. A well-balanced diet reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, bone loss, cancer, and anemia. To eat sensibly means consuming fewer calories and more nutrient dense foods and keeping weight in check. These are the guiding principles for meals at Thorncliffe Place.
Scientists know that key nutrients are essential for the brain to do its job. Research shows that people who eat a selection of brightly coloured fruit, leafy veggies, certain fish and nuts packed with omega-3 fatty acids can improve their focus and decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Eating with company can be as important as vitamins. Think about it: a social atmosphere stimulates your mind and helps you enjoy meals. When you enjoy mealtimes, you’re more likely to eat better.
Thorncliffe Place employs wonderful chefs, who plan and prepare nutritious, healthy, and delicious home cooked meals. The menu offers a variety of fresh seasonal selections and special diets can be accommodated easily. The kitchen provides meal service in two sittings,three times daily, in Thorncliffe’s main dining room.