Aster Gardens Newsletter August 2023

Posted on August 31st, 2023

As our loved ones age, they may require more care than we can provide ourselves. That's where senior living/retirement communities come in—to provide safe and comfortable environments where seniors can live their golden years with dignity and respect.

But just because they are in a retirement community doesn't mean we can't stay connected with them. In fact, it's important to consistently reach out to our loved ones in senior care communities to ensure they feel loved and supported.

Here are some reasons why reaching out is so important:

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Food Bank Drop Off

National Food Bank Day is Friday, September 1st. Come by any time throughout August to drop off your donation, but on September 1st from 2-3 PM bring a donation and get a free corn dog/refreshment and enjoy some live music to wrap up National Food Bank Day.

Optima Living display for the food bank

Open House - Sunday, September 24th, 1 - 4 PM

Stay tuned for information about our Open House on Sunday, September 24th at 1:00 PM! We'll have refreshments, entertainment, and prizes. But if you're eager to come visit before then, book a tour with us any time!

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Optima Living TV Episode 9 - Coming Soon!

Stay tuned for our next Optima Living TV Episode coming September 1st at 1:30 PST/2:30 MTN! In this episode, discover a holistic approach to healthy food, resident experience, and health education. Dr. Wagg will walk us through gut health and how it relates to nutrition.

Make sure you are subscribed to the channel for more great content like this, and learn more about Optima Living and our communities across Western Canada by visiting

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Optima Living in BC Takes in Evacuees

Optima Living would like to extend its gratitude to first responders fighting wildfires in Kelowna, BC. Our communities are lucky to be safe from the fires. Two of our locations did their part to help others: The Hamlets at Vernon took in 82 evacuees and The Hamlets at Penticton took in six from Osoyoos. We thank the teams at these Optima Living communities for their effort, and also thank the leaders we worked with to take in their residents.

Optima Living's BC Senior Director Melanie Reinhardt directed the effort, and even took evacuees into her own home. "Seeing the impact of the wildfires on the area has been a humbling experience. It was gratifying to be able to provide residents from other seniors communities with temporary homes," she said.

Our hearts go out to the people who have lost their homes to fire, and to the residents and families for whom this is a very stressful time.

Recently at Aster Gardens
Strathcona in Bloom - Outdoor Spaces Recognition
Senior standing with a 2023 Outdoor Spaces Recognition
Senior standing in front of flower planters

As a part of the Communities in Bloom project, we have been fortunate to receive recognition of 2023 Outdoor Spaces for contributing to the aesthetic of Strathcona County with our outdoor planters. Thank you to our residents--including Ellis, pictured here, who helps water and tend to our flowers--and staff who care for these flowers, and thank you Strathcona in Bloom for the recognition!

Beach Day
Postcard next to some food, the post card says
A postcard next to some stick pretzels. The postcard says,

Themed days are always so fun! We recently had a Beach Day complete with themed snacks, tropical music, and bright decor!

Take a look at our upcoming activities and events!

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Did you know?

Aster Gardens has limited suites available in both our Independent Living and Memory Care neighbourhoods, ready for you to move in. Explore our website to learn more, or if you're ready to visit us, call 780-902-7837 or click the button below!

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Aster Gardens

7 Brower Drive
Sherwood Park, AB T8H 1Y7
An Optima Living Community