Category: Family Support

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Be Smart, Keep Apart

Aster Gardens, an Optima Active Living Community, is hosting a series of informative sessions by Dr. Adrian Wagg, MB, BS, FRCP, FRCP, FHEA (MD), AHS Professor of Healthy Ageing, Division Director, and Geriatric Medicine Specialist at the University of Alberta.In the face of a global event like the spread of COVID-19, it’s important to take… Read more »

Staying Safe in the Era of COVID-19

COVID-19 Updates

Be cautious, stay connected. By now, you’ve likely heard talk of COVID-19, also referred to as the Coronavirus. In the face of a global event of this magnitude, it’s important to take proactive steps to protect yourself, your community, and your loved ones. To that end, we here at Aster Gardens can offer tips and… Read more »

What to Look for When Choosing an Independent Living Home

When the time comes to look for an independent living community, you may not know where to start. There are many choices in the area and at first glance, it may not be obvious which is right for you. We’ve listed some criteria of things to look for to help narrow your search and find… Read more »

When is the Right Time to Look at Independent Living?

Moving into an independent living community is an opportunity to enter the next stage of your life, freeing yourself of daily chores and embracing a lifestyle where you have complete control over your time. Those who have decided to move to independent living are happy they did and have made close connections with their fellow… Read more »