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The Benefits of Walkable Communities - Part 1

For decades, Christenson Group of Companies has been a leader in the development of intelligently designed, social communities in Alberta.

What all Christenson projects have in common—whether they’re for active adults or active seniors—are the features that are associated with walkable, complete communities, like pedestrian paths, easy access to shops and services, and a sense of place that comes from being able to pass your neighbours on the street and say 'Hello!'

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Five Can't-Miss Gift Ideas to Celebrate Grandparents Day

Most of us have done our share of shopping over the years for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, picking up reliable gifts like flowers, chocolate, ties and more. But how many of us have shopped for Grandparents Day?

Grandparents Day was first recognized in the United States in 1978 and has since gone global. Here in Canada, National Grandparents Day has been observed on the second Sunday in September since 1995.

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Are Canadian Seniors Happy?

No matter how old we are or where we live, we are all seeking the same thing—happiness. That’s why the Christenson Group of Companies has spent decades investing in research and developing innovative communities to help Alberta seniors live richer, more satisfying lives.

According to a new Statistics Canada study making headlines, the majority of Canadians over the age of 65 actually report an overall higher life satisfaction than younger adults.

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Southwoods Court North Summer Fiesta

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Southwoods Court North, Christenson is inviting everyone to the Southwoods Summer Fiesta on July 28, 2018.

The celebration will include traditional Mexican dancers, a mariachi band, Mexican food and refreshments, prizes and speakers sharing insights about the evolution of a community.

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Invested In Alberta: Improving Life For Generations

There’s a difference between simply investing in Alberta and being invested in Alberta.

Raised here since a baby, Greg Christenson, CEO of Christenson Developments has been invested in Alberta his entire life. Following in the path established by his father, Lloyd Christenson, Greg is an active supporter of charitable causes that benefit thousands throughout the province. However, for Greg, being invested means even more than supporting charities with time, funds and resources.

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4 Ways to Combat Social Isolation For Seniors

When Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, announced the appointment of a “minister of loneliness” in early 2018, there was some dismissive joking about dour British people and gloomy weather.

But researchers who study social isolation applauded the move as a much needed acknowledgement of a problem that rarely gets discussed. About one in five Canadians experience some degree of loneliness or social isolation.

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Six Tips to Stay Healthy Over 50

From the time you are born, your mind and body begin to grow and change. Change is a constant throughout your life and is especially noticeable as you begin to age.

The good news is you can deal with those changes if you look after your general, over-all health. Follow these six essential tips and maintain regular annual check-ups with your doctor.

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Three Great Reasons to Retire In Central Alberta

With its vast landscapes and beautiful mountain ranges, Alberta is one of Canada’s most stunning provinces. Known as a great place to work and raise a family, it is also a great place to retire!

Outside of Alberta’s two largest cities, Edmonton and Calgary, there are a number of smaller towns throughout the province that offer attractive options for anyone looking to retire in comfort. Alberta’s communities are incredibly diverse and welcoming - and enjoy a high standard of living.

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How to lower your rent and live in a luxury retirement community

There is a lot to consider when you are deciding when is it time to leave the older family house and move into a new retirement community.

Location, quality, and comfort should rank high on your list. As you age, additional services and amenities, such as a dining room, maid service, social events, fitness activities and programs, and later on, care services become increasingly important.

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Connectivity Workshop Event Wrap-Up Video

Christenson Developments was proud to host the first Connectivity - Healthy Walkable City - Lecture, Workshop and Walk.

Held on September 29th and 30th, 2017, it was an inspiring forum with an active exchange of ideas. This video provides a brief overview of the Connectivity events.

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Checklist For Choosing A Retirement Community

Leaving the family house and moving into a retirement community is a big decision.

There’s a lot to consider as you search for the perfect retirement community to call home. We’ve developed this comprehensive checklist to help as you search for the perfect retirement community to call home.

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Book Clubs - a novel idea for seniors

A book can take you on an adventure. It can take you back in time to the days of King Arthur’s court, or it can take you across the ocean to unexplored lands.

A good novel can take you inside the mind of a president or the heart of a beggar. The beautiful thing about these fabulous adventures – they’re affordable, and you can enjoy them with friends.

When you make a commitment to yourself, you may or may not follow through. Being part of a group keeps you motivated and introduces you to titles you may not pick up on your own.

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