Advice for Active Aging Month!

September is Active Aging Month! Westminster Canterbury Richmond has amplified our usual Wellness activities with special opportunities including a Health and Wellness Fair and Walking Wednesdays. Now is the perfect time to consider how you can live life well as you age!

What are your assumptions and attitudes towards aging?  Are your beliefs based on how you witness changes in family or friends?  Perhaps you’ve been told from a very young age what to expect. If your grandmother had diabetes, do you automatically assume you will have diabetes too?  Doesn’t everyone have arthritis when they get old? No, not everyone has arthritis as they age. The truth is you have more control over how you age than you may think. While there may be some genetic links to diseases that get passed on to subsequent generations, it’s not a given. Even if you do inherit a disease, you can lessen the impact on your health through lifestyle choices.

Wellness seems to be the catchphrase of the new millennium.  What does wellness mean to you?  Westminster Canterbury has embraced Seven Dimensions of Wellness: Social, Emotional, Spiritual, Occupational, Environmental, Intellectual and Physical. Together these create a comprehensive, whole person wellness approach.  The Seven Dimensions of Wellness are a guide to help you live a life that is full, meaningful and balanced, by inspiring the mind, nurturing the spirit and strengthening the body.  In turn you experience the satisfaction and joy of living WELL Connected (Wellness at Every Level of Life).  

Diet and exercise should be at the top of the list, along with a positive attitude and self-discipline – the ability to make good choices regarding your own health and well-being.  You are responsible for your health and well-being. While there isn’t a magic pill, you can be proactive by educating yourself, managing your health, working with your clinical partners (physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors), exercising on a regular basis, eating healthy, staying socially connected to your community, and doing all the things you love and keep you engaged in life.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said “The first wealth is health.” This can be a metaphor for how we age.  If you’re not paying attention to your health and well-being, suddenly it may slip away.  Stay engaged, hold dear to those you love, take care of your health and don’t let anyone tell you’re too old to have fun!

The Lamp: Let Me Tell You a Story

Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s Summer 2018 issue of The Lamp features stories about how donors to Westminster Canterbury Foundation support our workforce, who are the drivers of innovation on our campus. Learn more about how their big ideas ensure the best life possible for our residents and cultivate leadership in senior services.

These are your stories because you make this possible. Over the years, many wonderful donors gave to our Area of Greatest Need. This led to Innovation Grants. These grants allow employees to find new, great ways to serve you and your loved ones. There are many more stories to be told.

Visit our new website to read the latest issue.

Batting Into Fall in the Child Development Center

As Fall approaches, the Child Development Center at Westminster Canterbury Richmond is gearing up for an exciting new season! Each quarter, “friends and family boards” with a specific theme are decorated throughout the Center with photos of family fun and togetherness.  This season’s theme is sports/team related. Families will add pictures participating in their favorite activity or wearing their favorite team jersey. The friends and family board is intended to build community and links the home family to the school family.  Meghan Kaloski, Assistant Director adds, “It helps our families get to know each other and helps us to notice connections that we can use to build relationships.”

This creative idea supports the Conscious Discipline approach, which is practiced through the Center. Conscious Discipline is a comprehensive social-emotional learning program based on current brain research, child development information, and developmentally appropriate practices.  Built on the premise of developing discipline within children rather than applying discipline to them, it sets everyone (kids, families and staff) up to feel safe, loved and ready to learn and is the basis of our School Family! The children in the Child Development Center are part of a family, not only within the Center, but throughout the Westminster Canterbury campus. They often interact with residents through our intergenerational program, which is one way of introducing the children and seniors to each other to share and to be loved.

The friends and family boards, with their inspirational messages and photos of smiling, happy faces are a way of creating that sense of connection between home and school and a reminder that raising children takes team work! Quoting one bulletin board, “We are all different but as a team we fit together”. We look forward to winning season!

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 we interviewed Ann Archer and resident Dr. Bill Blake, a teacher with the program for years.

Make a Career Out of Caring

Westminster Canterbury Richmond is a great place to make a career out of caring! There are many opportunities to become a part of our award-winning community, from healthcare and engineering to housekeeping and hospitality. Watch this video to learn more about what makes Westminster Canterbury such a wonderful place to work.

If you’re interested in learning more about opportunities to work at Westminster Canterbury, visit or call 804-264-6201.

Pirates of the Canterbury

On July 28, Westminster Canterbury Richmond celebrated its 43rd anniversary with Pirates of the Canterbury festivities! Residents, employees, family members and children from our Child Development Center were encouraged to don their pirate attire and hand-decorated pirate hats and join the party.

There was something for everyone! Themed sales were featured in all of the resident-run shops, where residents can purchase secondhand items and reap the bounty of special sales. Children and residents alike colored pirate ships while watching Peter Pan. Landlubbers took part in a cross-campus Treasure Hunt and captured the prized reward. For those aching to set sail there was a shipwreck photo booth in the H. Scott November Gallery.

“It was really fun to see our residents, employees, and children showing off their finest pirate garb in our shipwreck photo booth.” said Whitney Worrell, Manager of Life Enrichment. “The Parrots of Paradise petting zoo was also a hit!”

In the evening, dinner featured jerk pork tenderloin, Dominican curried lamp, Jamaican callaloo, Caribbean coleslaw, mango rum upside-down cake and more! Residents in all areas of campus enjoyed parties and centerpieces handmade by our resident Small Crafts group.

We celebrated 43 years of residents who live life well – seafarers and land lovers alike!

Hello from the Mary Morton Parsons Health Center Team!

When you hear the words “health care center” or “long term care center,” do you immediately associate the word “JOY?”  If not, glance at this very short video clip of the staff of the Mary Morton Parsons Health Center at Westminster Canterbury Richmond.  Nurses, administrators, recreational therapists, chaplains, nursing assistants, physical therapists, medical records staff – even Child Development Center teachers and their adorable students!  All these people – and our beloved residents and their families – work together to create the happiest possible place with the best possible care.  Enjoy!

For more information about Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s Healthcare Excellence – contact Gayle Haglund at


Ageism – stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination against people based on their age.  Sadly, ageism is so common, we scarcely notice.  Change is needed! With 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 every day and people enjoying much longer lives than ever before, it is imperative to understand the severe impact ageism inflicts.  The idea that seniors are weak, powerless, and burdensome is deeply seeded in our social psyche. Over our lifetimes, we’ve been exposed to negative portrayals of seniors in the media and movies – sad, grumpy and helpless with nothing more to contribute.  When such negative messages are internalized, they can cause serious anxiety, depression and withdrawal, even rob years of life.

In fact, seniors have much to contribute and to look forward to!  Abundant knowledge and wisdom to share.  Honed skills and talents to pursue.  Hearts full of love to lavish on family and friends.  Peacemaking to heal families and communities.  Curiosity to keep learning.  And what’s more – since the senior demographic is the fastest growing segment of western societies, innovation for the longevity economy will fuel business.

So let’s turn ageism on its head and instead start celebrating the wonderful privilege of growing older. Let’s honor one another at every stage of life. Let’s believe the best is truly yet to come.  Together, we can disrupt ageism.

Assisted Living

Westminster Canterbury Richmond residents invite you into their homes to share ways they live life well and benefit from thoughtful services. This video about our assisted living offerings may surprise you!

To learn more contact Sloan Lindsey at

Happy Independence Day from Westminster Canterbury Richmond!

On Independence Day, the United States of America commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. At Westminster Canterbury Richmond, we celebrate in style!

One of the highlights of the year is our Independence Day parade, where residents, employees, and children from our Child Development Center come together to showcase their patriotic finest.

This year’s celebration included Firecracker Popsicle Parties, An Independence Day Celebration performance by the Reflections Band in the Sara Belle November Theater, and a special July 4 Picnic Buffet with hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, beer and all the fixings!

Enjoy this look at the parade and all the Independence Day spirit!