So Proud of Our Nursing Team!

During National Nurses Week, we thanked, honored and celebrated our nursing staff at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. National Nurses Day was on May 12, in honor of Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Florence Nightingale was born 200 years ago today, and she is known as the founder of modern nursing. She is best known for redefining nursing as […]

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Coming Together in Our Isolation

This has been a “holy season” like none other. While those of the Jewish faith were celebrating Passover—and Christians, Holy Week and Easter—we may feel more like we are still wandering in the wilderness rather than brought to the promised land or entered into resurrection joy. In this time of COVID-19 what we are to […]

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Resources for Healthy Aging – Medicare Billing and Health Insurance

Forging community partnerships, engaging our employees who love to volunteer and serving greater Richmond define Westminster Canterbury Foundation’s Fellowship Outreach. One of the many ways we provide more mission to more people is through access to Resources for Healthy Aging. These videos contain useful content on nutrition, healthy eating, maintaining wellness and more. In this […]

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Getting a Workout from the Comfort of Home

Many of us are feeling antsy from remaining socially distant inside our homes. While we are able to get outside for a walk and to enjoy some sunshine, many fitness centers and group exercise classes have temporarily ceased normal operation. Two of Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s fitness specialists, Patti Pickering and Julie McElduff, put together a […]

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Your Help is Needed Now…More Than Ever!

Now, perhaps more than ever, the health and wellbeing of seniors-in-need could be in jeopardy. Through Westminster Canterbury Foundation’s Fellowship Program, more than 100 seniors-in-need know their futures are secure…but it was not always this way for them. Consider this letter we recently received from the daughter of a newer Westminster Canterbury Richmond resident. “After […]

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Stress Mastery for Brain and Body

During our lifetimes, we are faced with challenges that can stress our bodies and minds. Even in the retirement years, stress presents itself in many different ways. Ongoing stress contributes to many physical and mental health problems. Learning different techniques for managing stress is a key factor to staying happy and healthy! Here at Westminster […]

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Press Release: Westminster Canterbury Richmond COVID-19 Response-March 17, 2020

  A resident of Westminster Canterbury Richmond, a continuing care retirement/life plan community, has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The resident is in the hospital after returning from travel to Florida. Westminster Canterbury is working closely with public health officials, who are on campus partnering with Westminster Canterbury healthcare staff. Virginia Department of Health officials are […]

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Westminster Canterbury Richmond Coronavirus Preparedness and Response

Westminster Canterbury Richmond wants to assure you that we are well prepared to respond to Coronavirus. A Coronavirus Task Force comprised of staff from various departments began meeting last week to review existing policies and procedures related to infectious diseases and to plan for other concerns. Our existing infection control policies and procedures will guide […]

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Intergenerational Magic!

The magic happens every day at Westminster Canterbury Richmond where the children from our Child Development Center interact with our residents. Precious moments occur when the children explore with their teachers. Early on they learn that the tall octagon of Foundation Hall provides a great echo chamber, and few tykes resist a few whoops as […]

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Will You Choose to Help Your Neighbors-in-Need?

“Without Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s Fellowship Program, I don’t know what would have become of me. After my parents’ and my husband’s illnesses and the cost of their medical care, I had very few options. The Fellowship Program literally saved my life. Now, I no longer spend my nights awake, wondering if I should buy food […]

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Cultural and Educational Series

Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s Cultural and Educational Series allows residents and guests to experience a wide variety of engaging and entertaining performances, lectures, excursions and more. This collection of events and activities showcases how each department is connected and works together to put on a show for all audiences. In this season’s playbill, residents are able […]

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Live Life Well During Active Aging Month!

Celebrate the positivity of aging! Active Aging Month is observed nationally, with communities offering activities that promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. With back to school and the changing of the seasons, it’s a great time to reset and create new routines that help us live the best, healthiest lives at all ages. Westminster […]

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Enjoying Summer’s Bounty!

At Westminster Canterbury Richmond, our residents and staff sure know how to get their veggies! Recently, our Wellness, Horticulture and Dining Services Departments partnered to bring us the second Westminster Canterbury Farmer’s Market this year. More than 100 residents, staff and guests attended! All enjoyed shopping right here on campus for fresh, local produce at […]

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Emotional Wellness

What does being well mean to you? In addition to physical aspects like being active and maintaining a healthy diet, we hope your definition of wellness includes emotional wellness! Experts now agree that emotional wellness is a very important part of overall health, and it’s something we can pursue at any age. At Westminster Canterbury […]

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Live Life Well – An Inspirational Story of Generosity

When it comes to thinking about people as they age, is it possible you have some misperceptions?  Do you think of aging in terms of frailty and decreased activity?  Or do you picture active, vibrant people deepening their lives in ways that matter most to them? Our most recent annual report, which chronicles 2018, explores […]

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This Summer…Get Outside! It’s Good For Your Health!

Warmer weather is finally here! This is the time of year when many of us intend to spend more time outdoors…and for good reason! Being outdoors reduces stress levels and has an overall beneficial effect on both physical and mental health. And it’s a wonderful way to feel more connected to the natural environment, something […]

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READY, SET, GO!

Few doubt that regular attention to fitness is a necessity for good health. But many of us struggle to include fitness in the routines of life. At Westminster Canterbury Richmond, our wellness staff launched Flash Fitness to encourage employees to get up and away from their duties and take a quick break for ten minutes […]

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More Mission to More People

Since 1975, Westminster Canterbury Richmond has been helping seniors-in-need through our Fellowship Program by providing life care through housing, meals, medical expenses and access to all the vital living we have to offer. Each year, around 110 seniors receive support on our campus. Since the program began, more than 550 individuals have received more than […]

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Doing the Twist!

Westminster Canterbury Richmond residents and staff twisted away to the music of The Drifters, who performed on our Sara Belle November Theater stage on Monday, February 25.  The audience sang along with the well-known songs and danced on stage and in the aisles! What fun!

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Intimate Chamber Concert Series in the Roof Terrace

Westminster Canterbury Richmond recently undertook an extensive renovation of our Roof Terrace, a beautiful gathering space at the top of our eight-story Tower building. The interior of the Roof Terrace is complete, and activities are already taking place up there! We have had birthday parties, cocktail parties, lectures, and exercise classes that have gone very […]

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Wellness through Tai Chi

Westminster Canterbury Richmond is committed to providing overall wellness opportunities for our residents. Two dimensions of comprehensive wellness include physical and spiritual wellness. Tai Chi is a form of exercise that combines the two. Gary Decatur came to Westminster Canterbury to teach a series of Tai Chi Classes. Watch this video to learn about some […]

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Staying Connected Promotes Good Health

Here at Westminster Canterbury Richmond, activities are designed to help residents learn the importance of a well-balanced lifestyle and increase the awareness of whole person wellness. We already know that staying physically active offers a variety of health benefits but how can staying socially active help maintain good health as well? Staying connected and spending […]

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#DisruptAgeism

Ageism – discrimination against persons of a certain age group.  In other words, ageism is discriminating against us just because we grow older.  We reject this.  We need to disrupt ageism. Those of us who are fortunate to continue to enjoy each new day and each new year are blessed.  Not only are we moving […]

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Vibrant Living in Elderhood

What does it look like to live life well in elderhood? Westminster Canterbury Richmond is committed to exploring this idea on our campus and in the greater Richmond community. While our society tends to have a largely negative view of getting older, it simply doesn’t have to be true! Longevity is a gift. And elderhood, […]

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So, What Did they Say?

We’ve been imagining and working toward a Richmond, VA, region (affectionately known as RVA) where all people live life well and where the needs of elders are fully met.  Our recent Live Life Well RVA Symposium explored healthy aging and brought to light the recently completed community needs study commissioned by Westminster Canterbury Foundation to […]

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Elderhood – A Season for Growth and Purpose

Often, people fear growing older, assuming that their most effective years may be over.  But nothing can be further from the truth.  Our senior years offer a unique combination of wisdom and increased freedom to schedule one’s time.  There are many ways to embrace this important season of life, whether you are the one stepping into […]

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Active Aging Week and Intergenerational Magic

Every fall we celebrate Active Aging Week, originally initiated by the International Council of Active Aging to celebrate aging and to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle on a national scale. This week is the week! Numerous events are taking place around greater Richmond. You can read more about those activities here:http://www.agewellva.com/aaw.html  At Westminster […]

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Healthy Living through Whole-Person Wellness

There are countless ways to live life well. Living a healthy life involves many aspects of wellness and their different meanings and applications for each individual. Westminster Canterbury Richmond has programming that covers aspects of healthy living to promote whole-person wellness – emotional, intellectual, social, occupational, spiritual, physical and environmental.  Here are examples of the […]

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Live Life Well through Fitness

The times, they are a-changin’!  With 10,000 people turning 65 each day and life expectancies climbing, it is more important than ever to Live Life Well!  The fall 2013 issue of the Journal of Active Aging (www.icaa.org) quotes Walter M. Bolz II, M.D.  “Longevity is neither an accident nor an isolated phenomenon.  It is a […]

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Education Nurtures the Spirit

Vibrant pastoral care programming has been part of Westminster Canterbury Richmond since we opened our doors in 1975. This tradition continues with extensive educational programs available to all residents. Education is an important part of one’s spiritual development, and our pastoral care department provides many opportunities for nurturing the spirit. Here are some examples of […]

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Vibrant Living at All Stages of Life

Westminster Canterbury Richmond is committed to ensuring that our residents experience vital living at all stages of life. One of the ways we do this is through our comprehensive wellness programming that serves mind, body and spirit. Each week, there is an extensive schedule of fitness classes, spiritual and cultural activities and more that engages […]

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Preventing Falls at Home

Tips for preventing falls. Currently, falls are the leading cause of injury for adults aged 60 and over. Kristin Goodwin is a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy student and intern with Genesis, the rehabilitation services provider at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. Kristin suggests the following safety assessment and tips to help keep you safe during everyday activities […]

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Effective Exercises for Seniors

Our Westminster Canterbury Richmond Wellness and Recreation teams offer a wide variety of activities to help residents stay active. Recently we captured one of these great activities in a video. This exercise activity is facilitated by Wilmer De Vera, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and his wife, J. Tracy De Vera, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapist. Residents […]

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Hands of Love.

An outstretched hand is an invitation to fill a need with a hug, smile or special program. Sometimes just our hands tell a full story. That is certainly true here at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. Hands fold in prayer and join in showing appreciation for an inspiring performance. Hands of caretakers offer loving care. The hands […]

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Senior Plans!

Live life well as a senior through careful planning. As we age, many of us focus on developing an exercise routine, monitoring healthy eating habits and managing stress in hopes of slowing down the clock. While all of these ideas are appropriate and helpful, there are other considerations to ensure you live life well. Making […]

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Stay Fit!

Tips for keeping in shape at any age. Exercising has developed the same connotation as eating your spinach. We know it is good for us, but we just don’t want to do it. Let’s change that. In study after study, statistics show that a sedentary life will reduce your mobility as you age and might […]

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Home Safety Tips!

Use light and assistive devices to keep you safe. We continue our focus on fall prevention with some simple measures from reviewing your medications to increasing your daily physical activities. According to the Mayo Clinic, fear of falling doesn’t have to rule your life when you put together a plan that emphasizes prevention. Here is […]

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Fall Prevention!

Get the facts to avoid a fall. Falling is perhaps the single biggest fear of a senior adult. We are all aware of what can happen if we accidently slip or miss a step. But for older adults, the results from a fall are more immediate and concerning. Here are things to consider when rating […]

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Healthy Dancing!

Doing the two-step might lead to better health. Are you a fan of “Dancing with the Stars?” Do you find yourself tapping your toes and swaying to the beat? Maybe you feel slightly envious of how much the contestants enjoy dancing and moving in sync with the rhythm. Join them. Westminster Canterbury Richmond offers residents […]

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Good health. Good life.

Wellness and vitality are priorities here. Attending a Richmond Ballet performance at the Sara Belle November Theater, working at the Echo Shop and participating in the annual “Burning of the Greens” all require a certain amount of vitality. We know that wellness and liveliness equal an excellent quality of life here at Westminster Canterbury Richmond, […]

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