Support Your Passions Well into the Future

Everyone has something they are passionate about. Perhaps it is a place that holds an important spot in your heart, a cause that’s near and dear to you or a charitable organization that you frequently volunteer for. Did you know that you can ensure your support of your passions continues even after your lifetime?  You […]

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Welcome Home

Westminster Canterbury Richmond has openings for deserving seniors-in-need from the Richmond area to apply to live on our campus and receive financial aid that provides housing, meals, medical care and enriching programming. Read on to learn more! Westminster Canterbury Richmond, a life plan community on the north side of Richmond, Virginia, is a very special […]

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Fall into the Arts!

Westminster Canterbury Richmond is ready to Fall into the Arts! Arts organizations around the world are getting creative about how to fill our cravings for live music and art when getting up close and personal isn’t advisable. Westminster Canterbury residents are soaking up new experiences! Westminster Canterbury’s Sara Belle November Theater is known to local […]

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Helping to Forge the Path Towards the “Next Normal” for Senior Living

Westminster Canterbury Richmond joined thought leaders from around North America—providers of housing and services for older adults—to create strategies and tactics to help all segments of the senior living industry as it emerges from being locked down. The strategies are collected in the white paper, “Creating a path towards the next normal in senior living,” […]

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New Spiritual Center Nears Completion

Isn’t it about time for some good news?  Excitement is rising at Westminster Canterbury Richmond as our new Spiritual Center nears completion! The one-year project is living up to our promise to put our mission first, lean into our spiritual roots and prioritize spiritual care for residents, staff, families and guests.  Spacious and beautiful, the […]

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Innovation in Times of Crisis

The new coronavirus has forced us to become innovative as we strive to find some normalcy. Innovation is a long held value of Westminster Canterbury Richmond – the creative pursuit of excellence. We are finding new ways to bring our residents the services they need to live life well. We hope a few of our […]

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Staying Well During Challenging Times!

The coronavirus pandemic has changed everyone’s life in so many ways. Stressful times like these challenge us to adhere to health-promoting routines and habits. Nourishing our body, mind and spirit to stay strong and healthy is exactly what we need to combat the stress while learning and improving! At Westminster Canterbury Richmond, the coronavirus pandemic […]

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Our Roots in Faith Call Us to Love…

Love, however, is often not easy – and infinitely difficult to know how it should look in community, in our homes and in the broader marketplace.  We acknowledge with deep humility that mere words cannot convey the pain and sorrow experienced in our country now, nor how that pain has been experienced for centuries.  We […]

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Join Us in Honoring Our Veterans

A huge thank you to all of the residents and staff who worked so hard to create this Memorial Day program. The prerecorded event aired on our in-house TV station and our YouTube channel so residents, families and friends could share this moving tribute to all those who have served our country. We invite you […]

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Leadership in Senior Services

One of Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s values is leadership – maintaining a position of excellence in the senior services industry. Much of that focus is on ensuring we have the right employees in the right roles and offering them excellent training. We also serve as leaders outside of our walls, sharing our resources and expertise while […]

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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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Celebrating our Amazing Volunteers and Staff!

This week, we celebrate National Volunteer Week and Careers in Aging Week, honoring all who help others in so many ways. At Westminster Canterbury Richmond, we are so fortunate to have more than 500 residents and non-residents volunteer on campus. These hardworking people do so much: serving with Pastoral Care, transporting residents to and from […]

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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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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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Roof Terrace Chamber Series

With the Tower Renovation project complete, Westminster Canterbury Richmond gained a beautiful new Roof Terrace. This space has been used for events, meetings, parties, and now, chamber concerts. With the view of downtown Richmond as the backdrop, we have been holding smaller, more intimate chamber performances that give our residents the opportunity to see world-class […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Giving Time of Year

The holiday season is a wonderful time for taking stock of our blessings. As we celebrate with family, spend time with friends, shop for the perfect gift or prepare special holiday treats, we can reflect on all the people and things we are thankful for. It is especially during this giving time of the year […]

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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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Partnering with project:HOMES to Help Seniors-in-Need in Greater Richmond

Westminster Canterbury Richmond is committed to expanding our mission by reaching out into the community to help seniors-in-need. This year, we began a partnership with project:HOMES to build and install ramps on the homes of seniors who are unable to leave their homes without this special addition. Our employees have been working to raise the […]

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John Burns on Reaching Out

Hi – I’m John Burns, President and CEO of Westminster Canterbury Richmond, and I’m pleased to be able to share with you an update about an exciting project being led by our workforce. Last year, Westminster Canterbury Foundation completed a Community Needs Assessment that explored barriers to healthy aging in greater Richmond. We know the […]

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Spring has sprung at Westminster Canterbury!

One of the wonderful annual events here at Westminster Canterbury Richmond is the Daffodil Show, complete with an educational workshop, judging and even a chance for the children in the Child Development Center to get involved. Residents and staff bring in their best blooms and show off their green thumbs as entries are judged in […]

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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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A Lenten Journey

During this Lenten season, many at Westminster Canterbury Richmond, and many out in the community and at churches across the Richmond region enjoy reading daily devotions like those found in A Lenten Journey. For twenty-one years Westminster Canterbury has produced this devotional guide featuring stories and thoughts from residents and staff. This year, 7,000 booklets […]

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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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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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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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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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