Legacy's LiveSmart Program - Legacy Senior Living

Legacy’s LiveSmart Program promotes a balanced lifestyle approach to overall well-being.  WATCH THIS VIDEO featuring Program Manager Julie Demers to find out more.

More of the conversation with Julie Demers:

“At Legacy Senior Living, we are committed to offering our residents choices for an exceptional lifestyle. As Program Manager, my goal is to develop activities that not only serve to promote overall well-being but also provide each resident the opportunity and flexibility to “design their own day” according to their own personal interests and goals.”

Legacy’s LiveSmart Program is all encompassing. It promotes choice and independence for the residents which includes a balanced lifestyle model that touches all domains of wellness: physical, mental, social, emotional, and intellectual.

Legacy LiveSmart Program
Legacy’s LiveSmart Program is all encompassing. It promotes choice and independence for the residents which includes a balanced lifestyle model that touches all domains of wellness: physical, mental, social, emotional, and intellectual.

How do you Plan the monthly calendar?
Every month I get together with the residents and we plan out the calendar including movies they wish to see, outings and excursions they would like to attend, guest speakers that are of interest to them, entertainers and everything else you see on our monthly calendar of events.

The calendar is then broadcasted throughout Legacy and in each of the residents’ suites on our own “Legacy Channel.” If I need to communicate a message or remind the residents of something it is a fantastic tool for me to connect to them with. We are also able to give family members with their permission, an access code to family can feel “connected” and feel a part of their loved one’s day.

What is offered Legacy?
There is really no need to leave Legacy; we have all of the amenities under one roof, and conveniently on the main floor. There is a Creative Arts Centre for our artists and bakers. We have a full Library for our avid readers which include cozy chairs beside the fireplace. We have an in-house spa, which offers manicures & pedicures, massage, facials and many more luxurious services.

Our fitness centre features group classes each day ranging from strength training, core conditioning and yoga. The fitness centre is also open 24 hours a day to our residents.

We’ve selected a highly talented group of experts in the field of health and wellness.  We have a personal trainer Ariel Ziv that also does group fitness classes, we have Rosemary Moritz founder of PERK brain fitness and Annette Wertman, our certified yoga instructor and owner of ageless yoga leading classes 4 times per week and I also teach strength and core conditioning classes 3 times a week.

Our beautiful billiards and sky lounge is the perfect area to play a few games and take in the view of the mountains. After a busy day, our residents enjoy sitting down in the bar bistro and listening to entertainment while enjoying the happy hour specials.

What is there to do in the area?                                                                                                                                        The great thing about being in the Oakridge area is all of the close-by attractions. We have the Queen Elizabeth Park a short drive away as well as Van Dusen gardens. The residents pick which outings they would like to see and we go out weekly in the Legacy bus. Some of the highlights from this summer include the Capilano Salmon Hatchery, Deep Cove, Steveston Wharf and White Rock for fish and chips by the water.

What sets retirement living apart from living at home?
With all the amenities and a full calendar of events, the residents stay very busy. I had a resident tell me that ‘retirement is not all about sleeping; it is about continuing your life and exploring opportunities you may not have had the chance to do during your working life.’

In addition, I think having the programs such as PERK brain fitness, allows them to be challenged and work together. Rosemary Moritz, the founder of PERK makes the residents do different exercises such as improv, panomine and memory games which always brings out a lot of laughs.

Building a Community of Friendships                                                                                                                           The most rewarding part for me and for all of us at Legacy is witnessing a growing sense of community. The residents have formed a tight network. If they do not see their friends at exercise or at breakfast they will call up to them to make sure they are okay. It is really nice to see all of the friendships that have formed and the care that the residents have for one another.