Resident Jung Ja Lee recreates a painting as part of Amenida Seniors’ Community’s fun summer project. Staff have increased cleaning and safety protocols, and also found innovative ways to stay engaged.

Resident Jung Ja Lee recreates a painting as part of Amenida Seniors’ Community’s fun summer project. Staff have increased cleaning and safety protocols, and also found innovative ways to stay engaged.

For these seniors, a long, happy life is like a work of art!

Staying safe through the pandemic means goofing around with some ancient masterpieces

It’s been a year of adjustments, but for Amenida Seniors’ Community there has been one constant: health and safety. The health and safety of residents has always been Amenida’s top priority, and through this year’s challenges staff have increased cleaning and adopted new protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

If your goal is to be safe, healthy and happy in retirement, moving into the same seniors’ community as one of Canada’s oldest residents is a good place to start.

Staff and residents at Amenida Seniors’ Community recently celebrated their neighbour and friend Ja Hyung Lee, who marked his 110th birthday at the end of September. His family around the world weren’t able to attend in person this year, but Lee enjoyed video messages from his children, grand-children and great-grandchildren, and also notable politicians.

With caring staff, a vibrant community and plenty of support it’s no surprise Ja Hyung Lee has continued to thrive at Amenida. Even during a pandemic, the multicultural community is having fun and staying safe.

Life imitates art

Karen Schaefer, Recreation Manager at Amenida Seniors’ Community, was scrolling through social media on a weekend this spring, looking for fresh ideas to keep residents engaged through quarantine.

“I thought, how many more colouring sheets and word searches can I subject my clients to?”

That’s when she stumbled across the Getty Museum Challenge, where people around the world used household items to recreate famous paintings. At first residents at Amenida were skeptical of Schaefer’s idea, but once they saw resident Jim Cullina’s interpretation of Self-Portrait with a Sunflower it was all-hands-on-deck.

The recreations are remarkable, and it’s obvious residents are having a lot of fun. Find recent photos on Amenida’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Multicultural community

Amenida Seniors’ Community offers affordable independent and assisted-living services in a multicultural community that reflects the diverse Newton, Surrey neighbourhood they call home. The home specializes in supporting the unique needs of Korean seniors, with home-style Korean cuisine as well as Western dining options, traditional Korean dancing and games, bilingual staff and other supports.

For over 20 years Amenida has supported and celebrated residents from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Through the challenges of 2020 Amenida has raised the bar to continue providing engaging activities in a safe environment. Increased cleaning and infection control measures, health screening and temperature checks for all staff, residents and visitors, and creative physically distanced activities like the Getty Museum Challenge have helped maintain the community’s physical and mental health.

Learn more about Independent Living, Assisted-Living and Respite Care (for short-term stays) at homecareliving.ca. Email info@amenidaseniorliving.ca or call 604-597-9333 to speak to the friendly staff about options for you or your loved-one. Find Amenida Seniors’ Community at 13855 68 Ave. in Surrey.

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Jim Cullina was the first resident to try Schaefer’s idea, recreating Anthony van Dyke’s 1632 painting ‘Portrait with a Sunflower.’

Jim Cullina was the first resident to try Schaefer’s idea, recreating Anthony van Dyke’s 1632 painting ‘Portrait with a Sunflower.’

Brenda Hawkes and her dog Ellie recreate ‘Portrait of a girl with white dog’ by John Russell, 1790.

Brenda Hawkes and her dog Ellie recreate ‘Portrait of a girl with white dog’ by John Russell, 1790.

Resident Florence Grewal mimics ‘Woman with a mango’ by Paul Gauguin, 1892.

Resident Florence Grewal mimics ‘Woman with a mango’ by Paul Gauguin, 1892.