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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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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A Spirit of Generosity

We all make plans – short-term and long-term – for our lives. How do you envision your future? Westminster Canterbury Richmond has a vibrant vision for how seniors will live on our campus and in greater Richmond. There are many ways that you can plan ahead to benefit yourself and the causes you care about […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Resolve to Grow

At the start of a New Year, many make resolutions.  These resolutions are often so predictable that gyms add short-term staff every January knowing most good intentions fade away quickly.  But how often do we resolve to deepen aspects of life that may make the biggest difference to our relationships, peace of mind and overall […]

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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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Happy New Year!

What a great year 2019 will be – a year for all of us to relish the blessing of living. Without thinking much about it, we refer to aging as though this is a category for people over a certain age. But the truth is, we’re all aging – from the time we’re born forward. […]

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Inspiring Generosity All Year Long

There’s just something about this time of year that inspires generosity. It’s our beautiful faith traditions, reminding us of the ultimate gift of God’s love. Perhaps it’s cold weather turning us inward toward each other. Maybe, just maybe, as we inch closer to making New Year’s resolutions, we should remember those best intentions that began […]

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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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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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Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans – The Power of a Dollar

Do you have a dollar in your pocket or purse?  I do.  To be honest, I have fairly low expectations for my dollar.  I may spend it thoughtlessly here or there, but I doubt my dollar will make much difference. Each February, Westminster Canterbury Richmond gathers to celebrate Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans, our greatest single […]

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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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When Words Fail

When memories fade and our loved ones begin to experience dementia, there are real challenges and painful adjustments to make.  Because many dementia diagnoses are progressive in nature, family members and caregivers need to prepare for ongoing change.  This takes energy and tireless devotion. As the holidays approach, remember those in your circle who are […]

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A True Story: You’ve Known Her for Years

Bernadette’s daughter, Arlene, spoke recently of her deep appreciation for Westminster Canterbury Foundation donors. Bernadette was a public school teacher for more than 30 years. Her low earnings and family health challenges made retirement planning nearly impossible. In her mid-80s Bernadette’s situation became dire. A former student learned of what Bernadette was going through and […]

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Fun and Fantasy Radiate from All Ages at our Fall Costume Parade!

A holiday highlight at Westminster Canterbury Richmond is our annual Fall Costume Parade. All ages participate, from the tiniest babies in our Child Development Center to the most imaginative teams of residents from across our campus. The characters range from delightful and cheery to scary and spooky. Prizes are awarded to the best staff and […]

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All Saints’ Day Service of Remembrance

Each year the Westminster Canterbury Richmond Pastoral Care team hosts an All Saints’ Day Service of remembrance.  You are invited to join us for this service on November 5, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in Cochrane Commons, as we remember and honor 89 residents and 4 board and staff members who have died since November 1, […]

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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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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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Start Your Holiday Shopping at our Fall Craft Fair!

Each November, Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s Center for Creative Living fills with an abundance of special crafts. Artisans work year round preparing pottery, jewelry, furniture, Christmas ornaments, handmade cards, paintings and more. It’s the perfect opportunity to start your holiday shopping – or to find a perfect treasure for yourself! We will also showcase the work […]

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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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Solidify Your Plans – Gain Peace of Mind by Following These Tips

Whether you already live at Westminster Canterbury Richmond, think you might move here in a few years, or have other plans, everyone needs an estate plan. Make sure that your plans for the future cover all the important aspects of protecting yourself and your loved ones. This list has helpful suggestions on ways to add […]

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Planning a Trip for a Senior in Your Life, Part 2!

Last week we shared some helpful tips for taking your senior loved one on a trip to one of the many wonderful attractions in the Richmond area. But there is so much else to see. From Richmond we have easy access to mountains, beaches and even our nation’s capital! As with local trips, careful planning […]

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Planning a Trip for a Senior in Your Life

Many caregivers are wary of taking their senior parents or friends for an evening on the town or a fun lunch at a local restaurant, but with careful planning and consideration, these can be wonderful experiences for everyone. Richmond offers no shortage of options when it comes to entertainment, nature exploration and quality dining. Whitney […]

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Teen Volunteer Program

Every summer teens from around Richmond come to Westminster Canterbury Richmond to serve and spend time with our amazing residents. This summer 31 teens have been serving our residents and providing assistance to staff. Many of these teens return year after year and enjoy the bond they share with residents. Watch this video to learn […]

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Celebrating our 42nd Anniversary

This week, Westminster Canterbury Richmond celebrates our 42nd Anniversary. For more than forty years our goal has been to help seniors live the best life possible. Our campus continues to improve, transforming our ability to provide excellence and compassion for our residents. Campus spaces like the Center for Creative Living, including the Cochrane Commons, Sara […]

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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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Celebrating Freedom on the Fourth of July

On our nation’s birthday Americans can reflect on the many freedoms we enjoy, knowing that these freedoms are only possible because of the service and sacrifice of so many men and women who answered the call to serve during times of war.  Our community is proud that there are many veterans living at Westminster Canterbury […]

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Intergenerational Magic

Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s hallways are filled with intergenerational magic. Our community features 850 seniors age 62 to 105, but we really serve people beginning much younger than that! Westminster Canterbury’s Child Development Center welcomes 140 children each day from ages six weeks to twelve years old. One of the wonderful things that happens on our […]

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Expansion into Home and Community Based Services for Residents and the Community

Westminster Canterbury Richmond is excited to announce plans to expand services to include companion care, home health and hospice care services to residents on our campus and beyond. “Our strategic plan calls us to better serve today and tomorrow’s seniors. With that in mind, the Westminster Canterbury board and executive leadership is very excited to […]

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A Day for Remembering…

Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering those who died while serving in our country’s armed forces. What we have discovered through our many resident veterans is that if you delve into the process of remembering, it becomes an experience of joy and connection. Recently Jim Triesler, who oversees Education and Programs Outreach at […]

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The Benefits of Generosity

Inspire Generosity! That’s the vision statement of Westminster Canterbury Foundation. Without the generosity of our donors, residents of Westminster Canterbury Richmond would not have the benefit of the outstanding programs offered here. But our residents aren’t the only ones who benefit. In the past decade, study after study has shown that beyond the obvious impact a […]

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Jingle, Jingle!

Oh what fun it is to celebrate the holidays. Around each corner at Westminster Canterbury Richmond you will find a beautifully decorated tree! There are over 45 Christmas trees in all, representing different aspects of holiday life here. Some are created and decorated by our residents and others by our staff. The One Voice Chorus […]

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Love Story Behind the Scenes

A lifetime performance of hard work and generosity. Sara Belle and Neil November’s life together is an exquisite tapestry of giving, joy and love. Both come from a tradition of hard work and intentional generosity. Sara Belle’s father owned a successful building supply business, and he quietly funded many people’s law school and medical school […]

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