Christie’s Canada Day Party Tricks

 

Canada Day is just a few short days away, in honour of our country’s birthday, we thought we would ask one of our Fun Force Directors for her suggestions on how to host a great Canada Day Party. Here are some of her top tips:

Canada Day Cake or Cupcakes

For a livelier party, we suggest some delicious red and white pastries or foods. Nothing says party like a cake or cupcakes. Not only will it give you continuity with the Canada day theme, but it will do the double duty of being décor and party fuel. We love this as a staple at any party.

Red and White dress-up Contest

For those attending the party, we suggest you hold a costume contest. Those with the best costumes will be given a prize of some sort. Suggest that your attendees dress for the red and white theme in the most creative way they can think of and see what happens. Your pictures will look funky and cool after this additional party trick…see what we did there…party trick.

Choir performing Canadian songs

Suppose you are hosting a party or, like us, an event at a Retirement Resort. In either case, Canadian songs are a solid way to keep the party going. From Michael Bublé  and Gordon Lightfoot to Paul Anka and Celine Dion, your playlist or, in our case, the choir should be full of Canadian voices and tunes that remind us of home.

Canadian Themed Movies

At regency Resorts, our residents love a good movie. Why not celebrate this festive day with a Canadian film or show for those who might want a more relaxed July 1st? We highly suggest throwing on Anne with an E and settling in for a Canadian classic.

Canadian Trivia/Facts

A trivia challenge is always a fun game to play during a party. We suggest asking Canadian-themed questions at this year’s Canada Day Parties. We also love throwing in a few good jokes to ensure no stone is left unturned. Hey, how do you get a Canadian to apologize? …Step on their foot!

Come visit us at our Canada Day booth in downtown Kelowna or take a tour at one of our resorts. Regency wishes you a fun and safe Canada Day!

How to Become a People Person

At Regency, we strive to be the most welcoming and warm place to both live and work. Everyone here is kind and caring towards the people that reside at our Resorts. Regency’s residents and staff are people-y people (people who like each other’s company), and we have some helpful tips on how you can be similar.

Smile genuinely

We believe that a smile is one of the best ways to connect with others. We know that a smile is a small thing we can do to brighten someone’s day and so we try to bring that attitude into every situation. Not only does a smile make others feel good, but it also helps you feel great as well. Ding Li writes in their article, “When our smiling muscles contract, they fire a signal back to the brain, stimulating our reward system, and further increasing our level of happy hormones, or endorphins. In short, when our brain feels happy, we smile; when we smile, our brain feels happier” (Li) and proves to us why Regency goes the extra mile and smile, it makes us happy! So go forth and smile today! It might just bring you and others much closer.

Care for the people you are interacting with

At Regency, we believe that when we care for someone, we show a genuine interest in them and their lives. We seek out situations that allow us to connect with them. The University of Rochester Medical Clinic provides us with 6 ways to show people you care:

  1. Write them a powerful letter full of love and hope.
  2. Take care of some of their responsibilities (for example, watch their kids, do their laundry, cook them dinner, or go shopping for them).
  3. Call often to remind them how much you love them and how you are always thinking of them.
  4. When you visit, bring a book to read aloud or a movie to watch together.
  5. Bring them pictures of your times together and hang them where they can be viewed all the time.
  6. Spend time reminiscing about the fun times that you’ve shared (as children, in high school or college, or on vacations). Remind him or her that there will be more good times in the future (“Easy Ways to Show Someone You Care – Health Encyclopedia – University of Rochester Medical Center”)

We resonate highly with the second item on this list. Taking care of people and letting their work go noticed by those around them is the most promising way to share and connect with others. Caring builds positive experiences with people. When we show people we care, they will return it in kind, thus making connecting all the better. Our staff serve the residents in every area of their lives and makes getting to know one another even more special because we show we care.

 

Couple dancing

Let go of judgment

Judgment of others can be a rabbit hole no one wanted to go down and can lead to sometimes false assumptions about others. Now, that doesn’t seem like a connection to us. Kier Brady writes in her article “How to Stop Judging Others” that judgment is something we all do, but that it “is a quick process, often based on superficial information. The comparison used to judge is more about you and your own strengths and weaknesses that have very little to do with the other person” (Brady). Brady then goes on to give six tips on how to stop negative judgment, the first being that of practicing curiosity and how in doing so you can form better connections with people. We believe that by slowing down and getting to know people we can cease our judgments of them. By finding interesting bits of information, we can become closer to those around us. Maybe even like people around us more. The comfort of the Regency lifestyle allows you the time to be curious about others, to suspend judgement, and find connection.

Enjoy your time with everyone that you encounter

We believe fully in this mentality. In having fun in our interactions with others, both residents and co-workers, we can facilitate better connections. So why not leave room for fun. At Regency, we strive for fun and enjoyment to be at the heart of everything we do. Michael Rucker supports this idea of fun when he notes in his article that “having more fun improves your relationships, both at work and in life” (Rucker). Citing that we are more appealing as people when we have more fun (Rucker). Lastly, Rucker notes “Studies show that fun activities at work can improve our relationships with co-workers. These strong bonds developed with our colleagues have been linked to improved performance and productivity” by citing Kansal, Puja, & Maheshwari. So, the fun you have at work is paramount to how you are with the people at work. Regency understands that fun must be a part of the job and we love to have fun, not only for ourselves but for the residents. Being someone who like to be with others is predicated on fun and Regency strives to weave that into the lives of both its staff and residents.

Happy Oktoberfest ladies

Put yourself out of your comfort zone

Someone, somewhere once wrote “growth doesn’t happen in comfort” or something to that affect. Regardless, we can see that when people push themselves to be outgoing and connect with everyone around them, that massive benefits can be a result. Joshua Miller in his article “7 Benefits of Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone” notes that there are the following benefits when we allow ourselves to feel discomfort.

  1. Opportunity to grow
  2. Learn about yourself
  3. Expanding yourself and your creativity
  4. Increase your self-confidence
  5. Learn to deal with challenges
  6. Life becomes lively
  7. Build new relationships

We love when people grow through challenging activities they have never done before and think it’s inspiring to see these people flourish not only within themselves, but in their relationships with others as well. Working with the same co-workers and residents everyday allows you the space to explore the boundaries of your comfort zone, to dance with a resident on their birthday, or crack a joke when you wait for an elevator. Let’s embark on a journey outside of our comfort zone.

Realize the value you have in every conversation

Stephanie Kirby, author of “Why self-worth matters and how to improve it” helps people to understand the importance of self-worth and recognize how important they are (a critical step to becoming someone who likes other people—liking yourself first). “You can have more honest relationships when you have a higher sense of self-worth because you don’t feel the need to hide who you are. This goes for romantic relationships [and] work relationships, friendships, and family relationships. They become more honest when you value yourself.” (Kirby). Recognizing your worth not only in the eyes of others but to yourself is of the utmost importance. We know how awesome and needed you are, and we hope you do too.

Psychology today’s article on how to be yourself starts with what we think is the most important factor in being a people person, accepting yourself (Davis). Being comfortable with yourself will help others see how awesome you are and make you feel the best in every situation. We already accept you, so why shouldn’t you accept you?

 

Smiling Seniors

If you find this blog interesting and wish to become a part of a wonderful team that will help you facilitate all of these things and help you become a people person, then apply online—careers@regencyresorts.ca or attend our hiring fair on June 25th at 1277 Gordon Drive, Kelowna or June 26th at 3457 Wilson Street, Penticton.

 

 

Works Cited

Brady, Keir. “How To Stop Judging Others.” Keir Brady Counseling Services, 30 Oct. 2019, keirbradycounseling.com/how-to-stop-judging-others.

Davis, Tchiki. “How to Be Yourself in Five Simple Steps.” Psychology Today, 8 Oct. 2018, www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/click-here-happiness/201810/how-be-yourself-in-five-simple-steps.

“Easy Ways to Show Someone You Care – Health Encyclopedia – University of Rochester Medical Center.” University of Rochester Medical Center, www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=34&ContentID=21692-1. Accessed 11 June 2022.

Kirby, Stephanie. “Why Self-Worth Matters And How To Improve It | BetterHelp.” Better Help, 29 Apr. 2022, www.betterhelp.com/advice/self-esteem/why-self-worth-matters-and-how-to-improve-it.

Li, Ding. “What’s the Science behind a Smile?” British Council, 2 Apr. 2014, www.britishcouncil.org/voices-magazine/famelab-whats-science-behind-smile#:~:text=When%20our%20smiling%20muscles%20contract,it%20till%20you%20make%20it!

Miller, Joshua. “7 Benefits From Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone.” LinkedIn, 6 Feb. 2021, www.linkedin.com/pulse/7-benefits-from-stepping-outside-your-comfort-zone-joshua-miller.

Rucker, Michael. “Why You Need More Fun in Your Life, According to Science •.” Mike Rucker, Ph.D., 1 Dec. 2021, michaelrucker.com/having-fun/why-you-need-more-fun-in-your-life.

Ways to Celebrate your Senior During Seniors Week

Senior’s week has arrived in Kelowna. Whether you know someone near or far, we have collected a number of suggestions to show the senior in your life how much you love and appreciate them (because we know we do!)

Volunteer at Rutland Senior Center

The Rutland Senior Center is in need of those willing to aid in hosting Bingo. Visit the Rutland Senior Society website and offer your help, and help seniors build a sense of community and offer them a chance to go to a fun event. We know your help will make a difference in a senior’s life. 

Couple sharing a laugh

Call Grandparents and other senior citizens that may be in your life

Being a senior can often-times be quite lonely. Calling someone you know is the best way to remind them how much you love and miss them. Seniors want to feel useful and not forgotten by those in their life. Connect with them, you will brighten their day and show how valuable they are in your life 

Take part in a charitable event that helps find cures for illnesses

Visit Kelowna’s website and look at the calendar posted on their News and Events tab for upcoming events hosted by charities aiming to help illnesses and diseases faced by young and elderly people alike. Many people require more care and assistance as they get older and by supporting these charities you can show seniors in your life that what they experience matters to you. Here are some charities that we suggest: 

 

Senior looking out at a beautiful lake

 

Alzheimer’s

Heart and Stroke Foundation

BC Cancer Foundation

Diabetes

ALS BC

Wii Bowling

Seniors vary greatly in their ability to not only play games that they used to but in their ability to get to the places hosting the games. We highly suggest Wii Bowling as an option for seniors. As this  can be done from the comfort of their home or yours, and is a great way to get moving.

Take your Pensioner for a walk

Kelowna features wonderful walking areas (many of them mobility aide accessible). We love the Okanagan and know that seniors do too. Take a senior in your life to many of the well-groomed, well-paved walking areas available to you throughout Kelowna. 

 

 

Lovely Walks in Kelowna:
Ethel Street
Abbot Street 
Downtown Boardwalk
Kelowna Rail Trail
Gellatly Bay Recreational Corridor

 

Trips to the casino

Who doesn’t love a good trip to the casino with their favorite Golden-ager? Gambling addictions aside, of course! Play your penny slots, Roulette, or Blackjack, and offer the seniors close to you an event that makes them feel on top of the world. 

Buy them a puzzle or novel

For the more introverted senior in your life, we highly recommend bringing them a puzzle or a book. Those of us who are retired have plenty of time on our hands, and nothing sounds better than a nice cup of hot chocolate (or a glass of wine) and a challenging puzzle or thrilling novel.

 

Woman on bench reading

 

Regency Retirements offers a great way to show your loved ones that you appreciate them. With our amazing facilities, amenities, and grounds, we offer the best experience for those ready to relax into their retirement. If any or all of the above suggestions entice you to show your seniors how much you love them, Regency offers you a way to do so with ease. Email us at info@regencyresorts.ca.

Regency Show ‘n Shine

Regency’s residents took a walk down memory lane last month when houses hosted the Okanagan chapter of Vintage Car Club of Canada and the Okanagan British Car Club for a number of Show ‘n Shine events. Throughout the month, residents were welcome to come to the front parking lot and explore what each of the clubs offered , with vintage cars of every shape, color, and size dating back to the Model T.

Residents and community members alike showed up and admired the vintage cars, all as pristine as the day they were made—and created an enjoyable feeling of community for all in attendance. Throughout my time at this event, attendees and residents spoke fondly of the memories these vehicles brought to the surface. Some shared a feeling of fondness in remembering their dad or the husband who loved cars, while others a tinge of sadness at having to give up their license and with it their car. These cars acted as a vessel for memory and brought something to all in attendance.

Black and shiny Model-T

 

After looking at the cars, residents and car fanatics were invited to a lunch hosted by some of the Regency Chefs. The lunch offered residents and other attendees the chance to chat and connect over the cars and the experiences these vehicles reminded them of. The liveliness of each building hosting such a joyous event spoke of positive times to come.

Additionally, one of the resorts hosted a charity hot dog lunch and was able to raise three-thousand dollars for the Salvation Army’s Ukrainian Relief fund. Regency’s Show ‘n Shine truly exemplified the meaning of community that Regency advocates, proving how connected retirement can be.

At Regency, we strive to offer our residents a place that makes them feel at home and welcome—last month showed just that.