Category: Blog

Discover Holistic Wellness

What is holistic wellness and how can it benefit you? Holistic health is an approach to life. Some say it’s part of the quest for “a better quality of life.” Rather than focusing on treating a symptom illness or specific parts of the body, this ancient approach to health considers the whole person, their body,… Read more »

August 14 – Achieving Mental and Physical Health Webinar

Friday, August 14th – Webinar video posted at 3 pm Mtn, 2 pm Pacific Watch at your convenience As we age, maintaining our bodies only becomes more important and more challenging. But with the right help, anything is possible! Join our webinar on August 14th, “Achieving Mental & Physical Health.” Dr. Adrian Wagg will be… Read more »

August 26 – Q&A With the Aster Gardens Team

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Aster Gardens will transform the way seniors experience daily life. It is designed to be a vibrant active living community. If you’re curious about the dynamic, meaningful, and healthy standard of living we can offer seniors, join the leaders of the Aster Gardens team for our monthly online Q&A sessions! Q&A with Aster Gardens will take… Read more »

Living With Dementia

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Does one of your loved ones have dementia, or are you living with dementia yourself? Watch our webinar with Dr. Adrian Wagg as we go over what it is like to live with dementia, and how to continue leading a fulfilling and meaningful life. Subscribe to our newsletter to see more like this!

Tips for Caring For Loved Ones With Dementia

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Caring for a loved one with dementia can be challenging, yet so rewarding.  They may become irritable, frustrated, and sometimes angry without provocation. Even though it is not intentional, their families can still be wracked with feelings of emotional and mental drain or guilt. Some common thoughts in caregivers are Am I helping enough? or… Read more »

Preparing for Transition

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Deciding to move into an active living residence for the first time is a major decision in the life of every senior, and there is a lot to consider. Let the Optima Living team help you. On our July 8th Online Community Coffee Time, we discussed everything you need to keep in mind when making… Read more »

Healthy Relationships and Longevity

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The old saying goes “happy wife, happy life.” But, as we now know, the truth of the matter is much more complex. As study after study has shown, strong relationships of both romantic and platonic natures can influence your health just as much as ample sleep, a good diet, and not smoking. The Benefits The… Read more »

The Aster Gardens iPad Contest!

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Congratulations to Brittany, winner of the Aster Gardens iPad contest! Sign up for our newsletter and watch our Facebook and Instagram for all of our updates and future contests! Enter our contest to win a brand-new iPad! For Seniors’ Week, Aster Gardens invites seniors to stay engaged with their digital community. It’s never been more important! With a… Read more »

Seniors and Sex: Debunk the Myths

As we age, sexuality and intimacy continue to be important for a full, meaningful, and healthy life. Watch our webinar, in which Dr. Adrian Wagg and Optima Living Principal Ali Shivji discuss the health challenges of intimacy and the myths surrounding sexuality and ageing.

Capturing Memories: Remembering Your Life and Family

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Why is photography important? Whether it’s from your phone or a camera, it is more crucial than ever to document your everyday life in a series of images to look back on and remember. How can you get started? It’s easy! Start off with a camera or a camera phone and challenge yourself to take… Read more »

Q&A with the Aster Gardens Team

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Curious about Aster Gardens? Watch our Q&A sessions discussing some of the commonly asked questions about 7 Brower Drive as the time approaches to book suites and make deposits in early July. May 27th, 2020 June 24th, 2020 July 29th, 2020: Memory Care with Yvette Elmquist   Please subscribe to the Optima Living YouTube page… Read more »

Be Agile, Not Fragile: Are You at Risk of Breaking a Bone?

Did you know that up to 73% of seniors have a fear of falling? Many of those people restrict their activities as a result. The best way to protect yourself from a fall is to ensure that you have the strength to overcome it! And that comes from strong bones. Our team wants to help… Read more »

Downsizing: Discovering Happiness Through Simple Living

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Discover the joy in downsizing Live a life surrounded by nothing but that which truly makes you happy! Follow Marie Kondo’s simple method of only hanging on to the objects that bring you pure joy. Simply take up one thing at a time and, piece by piece, ask yourself if it sparks joy. If not,… Read more »

Secrets of a Thriving Garden

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On May 13th, our Online Community Coffee Time Secrets of a Thriving Garden touched on all sorts of interesting topics! Sharon Murphy, owner of Wallish Greenhouses, spoke to gardeners from all over our community and answered their questions about the best spring gardening techniques and ideas, and how to do it all safely. The whole session, full… Read more »

Maintaining Bladder Health

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As part of our ongoing effort to supply our community with information that will benefit them, the Optima Living collaborated with Dr. Adrian Wagg—the Alberta Health Services Chair in Healthy Ageing—for a new video series: Maintaining Bladder Health. In these short and informative videos, Dr. Wagg discusses types of incontinence, how to deal with it,… Read more »

Now Online: Aster Gardens Videos

New to the Aster Gardens website: our videos page! Click here to have a look at all of our videos, where you’ll find our Online Community Coffee Times and all sorts of helpful resources. We update our video page all the time, so make sure you check back often!

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is different about your community compared to retirement homes? Active living, not retirement living: Aster Gardens is Sherwood Park’s newest community that will transform the way seniors experience daily life. It was specifically designed not as a retirement community, but as an active living community. Design & construction: Every aspect of our building has been… Read more »

Ageing Fearlessly in the Era of COVID-19

Are you, or someone you love, a senior looking to manage living in a world affected by COVID-19? Aster Gardens is here to help. Watch our April 30th webinar with Dr. Adrian Wagg. With viewers from all over Alberta, Dr. Wagg discussed the best ways to handle these uncertain times, live with confidence, and thrive as… Read more »

Aster Gardens in the News

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Sherwood Park News reporter Travis Dosser is helping keep Strathcona County informed about Aster Gardens, writing about both our ongoing construction development and our very popular Online Community Coffee Times! To read “Virtual coffee chats proving popular in the Park,” click here. To read “Construction continues on $45M Aster Gardens complex,” click here. We love… Read more »

Choosing to Live in a Seniors’ Community

Those of us with parents in seniors’ living communities will likely have seen sensational headline on the news indicating that seniors’ housing and care communities may not be safe places to call home in the wake of the pandemic. We understand the fear that such headlines may cause. As senior care professionals, we also understand… Read more »