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A Healthy Mind, Body and Soul

At a Sifton Retirement Residence there is no shortage of things to do, in fact, our daily recreation calendars are packed with unique activities and programs all designed to keep residents active and bring them together. The best part, the choice is yours. Residents are free to take part in the activities that interest them most and our dedicated Recreation Teams ensure that fresh new ideas are added to the calendar on a regular basis.

When selecting a retirement living option, having a good understanding of the recreation program is key. Here are just a few reasons why:

1. It Enhances Physical Health

Recreational therapy can help you overcome physical challenges due to past injuries or ill health. You can participate in activities that help you remain physically fit, and the activities can be customized to your needs and abilities. Some examples include swimming, walking, and seated exercises. These activities can increase balance, mobility, agility and joint flexibility. Some of our classes include:

  • Zumba
  • Aquafit
  • Wii Bowling
  • Falls Prevention classes
  • Meditation
  • Chair Yoga and more

2. It Prevents Isolation

Too much time alone can lead to depression, which can make seniors more susceptible to heart diseases, stroke, obesity, and other health conditions. However, keeping active brings not only physical benefit, but a variety of social benefits, too. Group-related activities will allow you to truly immerse yourself in the community, build relationships and feel fulfilled in your day. Some examples of social activities include:

  • Concerts and performances
  • Seasonal outings to the beach, the theatre – even the horse races!
  • Theme days including special meals, wardrobe and decor

3. It Boosts Cognitive Function

Our dedicated Recreation Teams work with residents to restore and maintain cognitive functioning by keeping the mind fit and active. The right set of activities can also assist in slowing down cognitive decline. These activities help increase alertness, enhance problem-solving skills, and keep the brain stimulated.

Some of our activities include:

  • “Brain games” or Trivia
  • Painting and crafts
  • Games like Scattegories or Canasta

4. It Eliminates Stress

Therapeutic recreation activities can elevate your mood and emotional health by eliminating stress. The right mix of activities will help you to manage health conditions and other stressors, simply by boosting mood and maintaining a strong sense of self. In a Sifton Retirement Residence we encourage you to bring your hobbies along – the activities that brought you joy in your past home can still bring a smile to your face today!

To learn more about our Recreation programs, feel free to stop into any one of our residences today!