Canadians Get Ready to Celebrate National Seniors Day on October 1st!

Thursday, September 27, 2018 Senior Health News
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Chartwell Retirement Residences and Wish of a Lifetime Canada™ have fulfilled 75 wishes for older Canadians since 2015 and will be granting even more this coming year.

TORONTO, Sept. 27, 2018 /CNW/ - Monday, October 1, marks National Seniors Day, a time to appreciate and celebrate older Canadians. This occasion also marks the third anniversary of Chartwell's
partnership with Wish of a Lifetime Canada.

Chartwell Retirement Residences and Wish of a Lifetime Canada have fulfilled 75 unique wishes for older adults across Canada since 2015. These impactful experiences are a way of paying tribute to the people who have helped build our country and continue to make valuable contributions to Canadian communities, workplaces and society.

Chartwell and Wish of a Lifetime Canada will grant even more wishes in 2019 and continue to emphasise the importance of inclusion of older Canadians as integral to our country's social fabric.

Older adults tend to experience isolation, and any effort made to alleviate loneliness and promote inclusion does wonders for increased longevity, socialization and overall quality of health. Wish of a Lifetime Canada and Chartwell have continuously worked together over the past three years to reinforce their joint mission of shifting the way society views older adults and by making people's lives better through fulfilling seniors' dreams, while sharing their stories to inspire people of all ages.   

"On this day, as every day, I'd like to encourage Canadians to reach out to the older people in your lives, whether they're in your family or your community," says Brent Binions, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chartwell Retirement Residences. "Human connection is everything and Chartwell knows and appreciates that. Through programs like Wish of a Lifetime, we are able to enrich the lives of older Canadians. We can help older Canadians overcome barriers to fulfill their dreams and feel a sense of inclusion."

"Through its sponsorship and support, Chartwell has empowered Wish of a Lifetime Canada to grant 75 wishes to elders across Canada," says Steven Glaser, Program Director at Wish of a Lifetime Canada.  "Through our partnership, we have been able to fulfill lifelong dreams –from flying in a jet, to seeing the ocean for the first time and reuniting long lost siblings. National Seniors Day is a great time to commemorate the past wishes we've fulfilled and think about the connections we have with all of the older adults in our lives and how we can value and appreciate them every day."

To view photos and read about some of the wishes that have been granted over the past three years, visit https://wishofalifetime.ca/wish-stories/ .

For more information on this story or to schedule an interview, please contact Janine Reed, 905-501-3308 or Tom Wagenlander, 303-954-9144 x170.

About Wish of a Lifetime Canada: Wish of a Lifetime Canada's mission is to shift the way society views and values our oldest generations by fulfilling seniors' dreams and sharing their stories to inspire those of all ages. The U.S. charity Wish of a Lifetime was founded in 2008 by local-to-Colorado celebrity Jeremy Bloom, in living honor of his grandmother. Wish of a Lifetime Canada launched as an independent organization in Canada in September of 2015. The organization envisions a world in which society embraces aging and the inherent wisdom that accompanies it, where seniors are celebrated for their accomplishments and sacrifices, and where intergenerational connections are part of our daily lives. To learn more about the organization or to help fulfill a senior's Wish, visit www.wishofalifetime.org/canada 

About Chartwell Retirement Residences:  Chartwell is the largest owner and operator of seniors housing communities across the country, from independent supportive living through assisted living to long term care. Chartwell is committed to its vision of Making People's Lives BETTER and to providing a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life experience for seniors. www.chartwell.com

SOURCE Chartwell Retirement Residences



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