Consider Adding Something Meaningful for Lent

Every year since 1996, Westminster Canterbury Richmond residents and staff write Lenten devotionals published in our annual Lenten Journey.  These beautiful booklets are printed and distributed to churches throughout the Richmond region.  The devotional is also available on our website.  The project’s purpose is beautifully described in the Introduction, written by the Rev. Dr. Jim […]

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Inspiring Women

When you hear these words, what do you think of?  Strength. Assertiveness. Empathy. Passion. Imperfection. Power. Faith. Adaptability. Courage. Perseverance.  These are frequently mentioned characteristics to describe strong, successful and admired women.  We love that “imperfection” is a valued trait – because authenticity is important to success. This week at Westminster Canterbury Richmond, we celebrate […]

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Celebrating Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s 2020 Laurel Award Winners!

We are fortunate to live in a time when views on what aging and elderhood “should be” are changing for the better. Once thought of as a “last chapter” of life, a time to slow down and disengage, more and more people are embracing elderhood and aging as a time of renewal and life enrichment. […]

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Westminster Canterbury Foundation’s 40th Anniversary Year

Westminster Canterbury Richmond first opened its doors in 1975 – 45 years ago! After a successful first few years, Westminster Canterbury Foundation was created in 1980 to inspire generosity for the Fellowship Program for seniors-in-need and other charitable programs. What an incredible 40 years it has been! In 2020, we celebrate the legacy of generosity […]

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2019 Accomplishments Made Possible by Generosity!

Generosity helps all residents at Westminster Canterbury Richmond by providing vital programming that is not possible otherwise. All residents benefit from these programs – not just those who can afford them. The best possible healthcare. Additional nursing staff to enhance the care we provide. Extensive clinical training so nurses know the right ways to respond. […]

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The Big Red Bus

Kathryn Murden recently graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts and shortly after that started working at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. She has quickly become a valuable member of our team who created wonderful original designs and illustrations for our many publications. Kathryn designed a full bus wrap that advertises that we are hiring […]

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Toe-Tapping Fun!

Many of us enjoy attending a concert or play from time to time, and though we have a great time, we may not appreciate the benefits of attending live performances.  Yet, the advantages are many and they continue from childhood through our older years. In fact, the National Institutes of Health cite that arts engagement […]

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Holiday Spectacular Sing-Fest

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” Although Buddy the Elf is a fictional character from the 2003 movie, Elf, he offers heartwarming holiday advice worth following. Together with our friends at Senior Connections Friendship Café, Westminster Canterbury Foundation staff and volunteers sang beloved Christmas songs this past […]

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Thank You to our Staff

When you walk through the doors of Westminster Canterbury Richmond, it doesn’t take long before you are greeted by a smiling face and warm hello. Everywhere you turn, that warm experience repeats. Hello. Good morning. Have a good day. You find yourself smiling and returning the well wishes to someone you just met. The joy […]

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Attitude of Gratitude

This time of the year we turn collectively toward family and friends in thanksgiving for our many blessings. We look forward to enjoying traditional meals passed along through family traditions – and perhaps trying a new dish as well. It is a holiday to be enjoyed simply for practicing gratitude. As good as that may sound, […]

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We All Benefit From the Generosity of Others

At various points in life, someone else made a decision to provide support that may have changed the course of your life. Maybe it was the scholarship that helped you attend college. Maybe your church pitched in to help when your loved one was sick. Maybe it was as simple as a kind word when […]

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Let’s Thank Our Wonderful Volunteers!

At Westminster Canterbury Richmond, we are so grateful for the spirit of generosity that characterizes our community – generosity of time, talent and treasure. We love celebrating this!  Those who selflessly give their time to support the many facets of our vision – improving the lives of those we serve every day – illustrate a […]

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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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Fruits of the Spirit

Spiritual wellness is core to a healthy and purposeful life – for people of all ages, but particularly as we age. Elderhood offers a stage of life when we can deepen our pursuit of the things that matter most. For many people, deepening their spiritual lives increases a sense of peace and forgiveness. Experiencing worship […]

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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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Intergenerational Interaction Yields Positive Results

A sure sign of summer here at Westminster Canterbury Richmond is the sight of smiling teens, ages 13 – 18, adorned in their new white polo shirts and red string badges, walking the hallways, ready to serve as summer volunteers! Some are newbies, feeling timid at first. Others are veterans, willing to start more adventures […]

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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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Counting and Sharing Our Blessings!

What a blessing it is to share a blessing with another person. This is a sure road to joy. Last week, Virginia Repertory Theatre performed The Wiz in Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s Sara Belle November Theater. What a show! What incredible talent! Happily, the joy of this performance was shared with many. Our own residents came […]

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Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s Memory Support Nourishes the Brain and the Spirit!

Our memory support therapies at Westminster Canterbury Richmond include music, art, horticulture and exercise. They involve more than residents. Family members, staff, and even our teen volunteers during summertime can participate and engage.  One program in particular, Opening Minds through Art, or OMA, is proudly supported by Westminster Canterbury Foundation and incorporates intergenerational art projects […]

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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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Celebrating Fathers of all Generations

Many of us were blessed with incredibly supportive and loving fathers. We fondly remember early morning fishing trips, his tireless commitment to our little league baseball team, and his teaching us how to get back up after we’d fallen off our bike. Many fathers today have taken on vital tasks like juggling a career, along […]

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Westminster Canterbury Richmond earns LeadingAge Virginia’s Workplace Excellence Award

At the LeadingAge Virginia conference in Norfolk, Virginia, on June 5-7, it was announced that Westminster Canterbury Richmond earned the Workplace Excellence Award thanks to our commitment to staff and community. This award recognizes a LeadingAge Virginia member community that demonstrates investment in their staff and workplace environment for the delivery of quality care and […]

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Building Blitz Makes An Impact

When more than 100 dedicated employees join together for an awesome cause — creating ramps for seniors with mobility challenges — the results are dynamic!  Last week, Westminster Canterbury Richmond held its Second Annual Ramp Building Blitz with our partner, project:HOMES.  Teams came out to the tents on our campus, learned the process, and went […]

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Celebrating and Thanking our Nursing Staff!

At Westminster Canterbury Richmond, we are so fortunate to count amongst our wonderful workforce more than 200 members of the nursing profession. These caring teammates are a very special part of the Westminster Canterbury family. We have more than 75 Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses and more than 130 Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) across Independent […]

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Groundbreaking for a New Spiritual Enrichment Center

Westminster Canterbury Richmond is growing from our roots in faith in a new way. On Wednesday, May 22, we will celebrate the groundbreaking for a new Spiritual Enrichment Center located front and center on our campus on 1600 Westbrook Avenue. Westminster Canterbury was founded by the Episcopal and Presbyterian churches in 1971 and opened in […]

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Your Mother and Mine

Each year Mother’s Day evokes so many feelings in the hearts of so many people. Here at Westminster Canterbury Richmond, those feelings of love are expressed in such loving ways, especially through gifts given to Westminster Canterbury Foundation in memory or in honor of our loved ones. Remembering our beloved mothers is a wonderful way […]

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Technology Programs at Westminster Canterbury Richmond

Technologies today enable people to stay connected and promote interactions among individuals with similar interests. For older adults, technology can improve quality of life. However, many may feel overwhelmed or intimidated when it comes to learning how to use it. Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s resident-led Technology Committee offers educational courses and seminars providing residents with the […]

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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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Technology and Innovation for Seniors

Technology is a huge part of life for all ages, including seniors! Many technology-based solutions allow people to live independently for longer, something more and more older Americans want. For example, Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing apps are popular with older adults who do not drive any longer but still want and need to travel […]

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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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Will You Be a Hero to a Senior-in-Need?

For all her life, Mary cared for others. She contributed to the lives of countless children throughout her career as a public school teacher. When her parents and in-laws needed care, Mary was the one who was there for them. Mary and her husband lived frugally on their modest income. Then her husband was critically […]

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Your Plan for Inspiring Generosity

Inspiring generosity makes many things possible at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. Generous donors are the lifeblood of our organization, helping us to ensure the best life possible for our residents and to cultivate leadership in senior services. What does this mean? We strive to support our residents and employees while also sharing with others in our […]

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Observing Lent at Westminster Canterbury Richmond

Lent is a time for reflection and prayer leading us to one of the most important days of the Christian year, Easter Sunday. Over time, Lent has come to resonate with people of varied faith traditions, including those who may not practice a formal religion. Why? True, observance of Lent can follow the more traditional […]

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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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Every Mission Needs People to Make it Happen!

Here at Westminster Canterbury Richmond, we believe deeply in our mission of improving the lives of those we serve every day.  We’re committed to ensuring the best life possible for our residents and to cultivating leadership in senior services. But this mission can’t gain traction without people.  And not just any people – we rely […]

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Celebrating All Kinds of Love on Valentine’s Day!

What do you think of when you hear that Valentine’s Day is approaching? If you’re like so many of us, you’ve been conditioned to think almost solely of romantic love: flowers, candy, jewelry and tons of greeting cards. Besides being narrowly focused, this sole emphasis on romantic love, or eros, can cause many people to […]

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Our Employees Give From the Heart

At Westminster Canterbury Richmond, our employees take giving back seriously. They have launched the “Giving From the Heart” effort in February to raise donations for W·E·A·V·E. Westminster Canterbury Foundation’s W·E·A·V·E program (Workforce-Education-Assistance-Volunteerism-Engagement) is their channel to giving back to one another and our community. Employees support W·E·A·V·E to help their fellow coworkers with emergencies, enable […]

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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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Senior Summer

The Senior Summer program at Westminster Canterbury Richmond provides learning opportunities to hundreds of residents each year. The program, which is the brain child of resident and founder Ann Archer, is hugely popular among residents and recently became available to those on our resident wait list. For the first interview in our new TV970 studio […]

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Have You Read It? Have You Watched It?

Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s Annual Report this year is a little different. Not only can you learn about what it takes to ensure our residents live life well and read feature stories about our great programs and activities, you can also watch video highlights of campus news and events. Everything from performance highlights in our Sara […]

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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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Technology helps us stay connected

Technology and connectivity is an ever-increasing part of all our lives. We get our news online, do our banking online, and communicate with our friends and family via text and social media. At Westminster Canterbury Richmond, it’s important to us that we can communicate with our residents in ways that are easy and accessible. In […]

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Artist-in-Residence

Westminster Canterbury Richmond residents live life well in many ways. Here’s one story of a current resident. Resident Doris Woodson grew up admiring art, a subject she admits she knew little about. “I was always fascinated by this one piece of artwork at my uncle’s house. How could someone be so talented to create that?” […]

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John Burns on Leadership

Hello – I’m John Burns, the President and CEO of Westminster Canterbury, and I enjoy writing to you from time-to-time through this blog. Recently, our Pastoral Care team published our 2018 devotion booklet, A Lenten Journey, our 21st collection of writings by staff and residents. Annually we distribute 7,000 of these to local churches and […]

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Thank You for Changing Lives

Generous donors to Westminster Canterbury Foundation change lives at Westminster Canterbury Richmond every day. Thanks to generous donors, the FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM provides anonymous life care support for seniors-in-need – housing, meals, medical expenses and access to all the vital living opportunities found here at Westminster Canterbury. In 2017, 113 residents benefited from the Fellowship Program. […]

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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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Tower Exterior Renovation Project

Our long-awaited Tower exterior renovation project began in August and has really progressed.  The ceiling in a portion of the Roof Terrace has been raised and the 42 year-old windows are being replaced with energy-efficient glass curtain wall system. When completed, the Terrace will include fully accessible outdoor patios with new space everyone can enjoy. […]

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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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Live Life Well RVA Symposium

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017 REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST START AT 8 A.M. SYMPOSIUM: 9 – 11:30 A.M.   Westminster Canterbury Richmond Center for Creative Living 1600 Westbrook Avenue Richmond, Virginia   Imagine an RVA where all neighbors live life well. Leaders will share ways to improve the lives of all citizens, particularly those entering elderhood, as […]

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