Category: Health and Safety

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 »

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 »

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.

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

How to Declutter Your Space During Isolation

During a time such as this, when most of us are staying inside and getting closely acquainted with our homes, we may have discovered just how many things we’ve collected over the years! After some time, the objects you surround yourself with may start to feel like clutter. That’s when you know it is time… 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 »

Navigating Memory and Ageing

It is well understood that as we age, our memories begin to decline. There are, however, some myths that deserve to be busted regarding the relationship between age and memory. For example, memory and other cognitive functions are not in inexorable declines; some things may worsen, and others will not. Short-term memory may start to… Read more »