Independent Living+: Your path to active aging
Independent Living+ is a unique program at PARC Retirement Living that promotes all aspects of health and wellness. It’s what makes our residents live with such vibrancy and vitality. The exclusive program is offered at no additional charge and is specifically designed to support you with your health and wellness, increase your mental and physical fitness, and keep you socially connected. Here is what the program includes:
Dining and Nutrition
Menu choices are designed with senior nutrition in mind, including well-balanced and nutrient-dense foods.Learn about PARC nutrition
Physical and Mental Fitness
Our PARC FIT program helps you build strength, endurance and flexibility, while the GREY MATTERS program enhances memory and cognition.Learn about PARC FIT
Enjoy the ease and convenience of driver service to medical or personal appointments as needed, as well as planned group outings.Learn about transportation
Arts and Culture
We believe that engaging in the arts supports healthy aging. Our arts, music and cultural programs help you explore different forms of expression to awaken your creativity.Learn about arts and culture
Safety and Peace of Mind
With a 24-hour emergency response staff, keeping you safe is one of our top priorities.Learn about safety
Real life stories
Residents at PARC Retirement Living enjoy the freedom to live as they choose with all the independence they’ve always enjoyed. They pursue their passions, discover new interests, and remain active and engaged in their communities. Our residents don’t just live, they thrive.
CathyArtist and Dog Lover Read Cathy’s full story
Mary JeanRecitalist and Pen Pal Read Mary Jean’s full story
GerdaWorkout Warrior Read Gerda’s full story
RustyDriving Enthusiast and Book Lover Read Rusty’s full story
PeggyPool Shark and Skillful Tutor Read Peggy’s full story
Virginia and BobPrize-Winning Gardeners Read Virginia and Bob’s full story
DonnaNew Resident and Songbird Read Donna’s full story
DorothyNew Gal in Town Read Dorothy’s full story
BetteZen Master Read Bette’s full story
Discovering new passions
Cathy was drawn to the warm and friendly atmosphere she immediately encountered when she stepped through the doors at Cedar Springs PARC. One year later, she’s having the time of her life, along with Shih Tzu, Daisy Mae in tow.
While fitness classes, walks with Daisy Mae and regular resident bus trips keep Cathy plenty busy, Cathy’s new-found joy for watercolor painting is what keeps her most occupied these days. She’s even set up a small make-shift art studio inside her suite to paint beautiful flowers and tranquil landscapes which she uses to decorate her suite or send to friends and family as holiday cards.
Cathy is a testament to it never being too late to start a new hobby. In fact, she has her eyes set on photography next. Sounds like this vibrant and vivacious resident is just getting started.Next: Mary Jean, Recitalist and Pen Pal
“It’s far more social here.”
Mary Jean has only been a Cedar Springs PARC resident for one year, but she’s already experiencing the many benefits of living in a vibrant community of like-minded people.
“It’s far more social here. I used to live in a condo, and a lot of people were away during the day. But here, you can come down and have a cup of coffee any time and there’s always somebody around,” she says.
Music is something that Mary Jean has been passionate about since she was a child, even going to Italy and studying music in her teens. As a recitalist, Mary Jean has sang in choirs and has performed solos and in oratorios. Since moving to Cedar Springs PARC, Mary Jean has already put on a musical performance for fellow residents, with another performance planned for later this year.Next: Gerda, Workout Warrior
The secret to longevity
At 99-years young, Gerda is a force to be reckoned with. This vibrant Summerhill PARC resident played tennis until she was 93-years old and today, still makes it a habit to exercise everyday. From fitness classes like Zumba® Gold and ballroom dancing to working out in the gym, Gerda keeps moving as much as possible. It just may be her secret to longevity.Next: Rusty, Driving Enthusiast and Book Lover
Happy, independent and gallant
An all-round helpful guy, Rusty is willing to lend a hand if you need it, particularly if you run into trouble with your TV: “I help ladies when their televisions are giving them trouble. You know, they often can’t get the TV on so I check everything out,” he says.
When he’s not extending a gallant hand, you’ll find Rusty getting lost in a good book, watching sports or challenging fellow resident, Peggy to a rousing game of pool. But most often, you’re bound to find Rusty out hitting the road. He loves nothing more than to hop in his car to to go fishing up at Rice Lake or on the Capilano River.Next: Peggy, Pool Shark and Skillful Tutor
Sinking shots while making friends
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to play pool, Summerhill PARC resident, Peggy is your gal. “When I came in and saw the pool table, my eyes sparkled,” she says excitedly.
Having played pool most weekends at her father-in-law’s house, Peggy has grown to be quite the pool shark. Pool is what helped her develop a rapport with fellow resident, Rusty. The two developed an instant friendship based on their mutual love for pool and the two can often be seen sinking balls on the second floor.Next: Virginia and Bob, Prize-Winning Gardeners
Retirement life in full bloom
You could say that Virginia and Bob have a green thumb. But call them gardening experts, and they’re immediately humble about their accomplishments, including their big win for best overall garden by the Burnaby Rhododendron and Garden Society. Accolades aside, gardening has always been a simple joy and fun challenge for this couple, married for an impressive 69 years.
When maintaining a huge yard got to be too much, Bob and Virginia decided to make the move to Mulberry PARC. But don’t think they put their love for gardening aside. They’re highly involved in tending to Mulberry PARC’s expansive garden patio, making sure plants and flowers stay healthy throughout the winter, and creating beautiful floral hanging baskets that line the patio walk.Next: Donna, New Resident and Songbird
Jumping right in
For anyone who has ever moved, the transition can understandably take time. There’s new faces and new surroundings to get used to. But new Mulberry PARC resident, Donna has jumped right in. She’s already busy with contributing to resident meetings, learning the names of her 150 fellow residents, joining the gardening club and staying involved in her local church. “There’s lot to do here. I really appreciate the flexibility and freedom here because I’ve always been very busy in my life,” she says.
For Donna, the transition to an independent retirement residence has been easy. Her kids are close by and she’s still in the same neighbourhood that she’s lived in for years and has always known.Next: Dorothy, New Gal in Town
“You just have to listen and join in.”
Dorothy moved to the Westerleigh two years ago from Toronto, and admits it was a bit challenging at first to fit in as an East Coast transplant. But her teaching experience and years of working in the US taught her how to connect with new people. Dorothy’s advice? “Pick the people that you enjoy being with and share the same interests with. You just have to listen and join in.”
When she’s not out with newfound friends, Dorothy is routinely out and about exploring everything that her convenient seaside neighbourhood has to offer. With Westerleigh PARC’s close proximity to the West Vancouver Seawalk Trail, public library and seniors centre, there’s plenty to do and every opportunity to enjoy the beautiful West Coast views.Next: Bette, Zen Master
The power of eight
Westerleigh PARC resident, Bette has been at the Westerleigh since it opened, making the move from Sidney, BC with her husband. The move to West Vancouver brought Bette closer to family and freed her and her husband from the burden and expense of maintaining a house.
On a typical day, you’d be hard pressed to keep up with Bette. One of her favourite resident activities is the weekly bus trip to local events or points of interest. “I’ve learned more about Vancouver since we moved over here than I ever knew existed because of those bus trips. They’re wonderful,” she says.
Although Bette finds great joy in participating in many of the activities that Westerleigh PARC has to offer, one activity she always makes time for is meditation. In fact, she started a healing circle at Westerleigh PARC after reading the book The Power of Eight by Lynne McTaggart. Bette gathers a group of eight residents to meditate and practice mindfulness together. “I’ve been meditating for over 40 years. It’s just a wonderful way to relax and to calm yourself down.”Next: Cathy, Artist and Dog Lover