Hard of Hearing or Deaf? Making a Sound Retirement Community Decision

Imagine living in a retirement community. Listen. The comforting chatter of friends in the dining room, the cheerful staff asking you how your day is going—can you hear these heartwarming sounds? Now, imagine you can’t. What if words spoken softly, or even loudly, were muffled or muted?At least you’d be...

Painting for Seniors: Embrace Your Inner Picasso and Make New Friends

The doors swung open, and the students swept in. Paintbrushes met eager hands, eyes got wider, and faces smiled brighter as Arts Etobicoke’s Seniors Art Program reopened at Toronto’s Cloverdale Mall following the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.“People showed up with bells on,” raved Sonya Young, art classes program assistant,...

Are Retirement Communities LGBTQ+‑Friendly?

If you’re old enough to downsize into a retirement community, you may recognize that times have changed. Long gone are the days, before 1969, when being lesbian or gay was a criminal offence.Yet, despite being “out” for years, some LGBTQ+ individuals in retirement or long-term care residences feel the need...