Seniors share 3 strategies that have made the last 18 months easier

Check in with yourself and your loved ones, then make a plan to tackle the challenges ahead

In the early days of the pandemic residents of Berwick on the Lake had to adjust to new COVID-19 protocols and the active living team developed new ways to engage safely. Now, most programs are running with safety protocols in place, and residents are safely living an active and fun lifestyle.

In the early days of the pandemic residents of Berwick on the Lake had to adjust to new COVID-19 protocols and the active living team developed new ways to engage safely. Now, most programs are running with safety protocols in place, and residents are safely living an active and fun lifestyle.

No matter who you are, the upheaval of the past year and a half has likely forced you to re-evaluate major aspects of your life. For some it’s changed their relationship to work, how they balance relationships, or where they choose to enjoy vacation time. For many of us — young and old — the pandemic has changed our priorities around aging, and how we’d like to live in our 60s, 70s and beyond.

“I’ve met many families who have moved to Vancouver Island in search of a different lifestyle, and they’re bringing their parents along because it’s now more important that everyone lives close by,” says Kristine Newman, Community Relations Manager for Berwick on the Lake. “We’re seeing adults in their 60s and 70s recognize that the time to move is now — they don’t want to be isolated again. Some have moved from more remote homes in the Gulf Islands, from the Prairies or from Ontario, because they recognize the benefits of a full-service community for the next adventure in their lives.”

If you dreamed of travelling or living on a cruise ship in your 60s, luxury independent living on Vancouver Island is an attractive alternative. If the continued protocols and winter looming are making you feel restricted, a supportive, independent community abuzz with friends and adventure might be the perfect antidote.

Residents of Berwick on the Lake had a great time at the local batting cage. Just one of many ways they’ve continued to experience new things and stay active during the pandemic.

Residents of Berwick on the Lake had a great time at the local batting cage. Just one of many ways they’ve continued to experience new things and stay active during the pandemic.

3 Strategies to improve wellness in challenging times

1. Check in. Ask family, neighbours, staff and managers how they’re doing. “Many people have coped by keeping their heads down, and haven’t really acknowledged what they’ve been through,” Kristine says. “When you ask someone how they are doing the standard reply is ‘fine.’ When you repeat the question and pause, the answer is very different. Be prepared for a wave of emotions and take the time to sit with friends or neighbours to help process everything that’s happened.”

2. Create a new routine. In the early days of the pandemic residents of Berwick on the Lake had to adjust to new COVID-19 protocols and the active living team developed new ways to engage safely. Now, most programs are running with safety protocols in place, and residents are safely living an active and fun lifestyle.

  • Group outings to the batting cage, or down to the Berwick dock for fishing lessons.
  • Drum lessons during Active Aging Week.
  • Yoga and mindfulness sessions.
  • Picnics at Blue Heron Park.
  • Outdoor concerts from the Vancouver Island Symphony and other musicians.
  • A resident-led speaker series in the theatre.

3. Be proactive. “It’s very common for older adults to delay a move to an independent living community until a health emergency forces them to move into special care,” Kristine says. “If you’re thinking of downsizing, moving closer to family, and living your best life with minimal housework, we can help design a transition plan that best suits your needs.”

Staff and residents of Berwick on the Lake are always happy and proud to show off their home. If you’re interested in a visit, please contact Kristine, the Community Relations Manager, at 250-729-7995. To follow along with the latest adventures from community members, visit instagram.com/berwick.lake.

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