MONTREAL, Oct. 19, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - At a time when, as a society, we are asked to reflect upon aging, Réseau Sélection is tackling the subject with a novel approach for seniors to "live better, longer." Convinced they should also benefit from a quality of life, well-being and independence, the company has distilled a unique way of living under its signature program, healthyIDTM, which emphasizes prevention and raises awareness of the importance in adopting healthy lifestyle habits.
"Our population is aging very rapidly. The number of Montrealers over 65 will increase from 15% in 2015 to 25% in 2025. Not to mention that life expectancy continues to increase. These numbers invite us to reevaluate how we look at life during this period," said Réseau Sélection Vice-President for Health, Luc Lepage, during an announcement in Montreal during the Health Innovation Week, where various key health innovation stakeholders were gathered.
Reevaluating the notion of aging
The possibility of a prolonged life brings to the forefront issues surrounding the quality of life and personal autonomy. "Ten years ago, the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services estimated that 22 out of the 30 years of life expectancy gained during the past century were a result of healthier lifestyles. According to Réseau Sélection, life after 65 should be as active as possible, physically, cognitively and socially, moreover because life expectancy continues to increase significantly."
What is the key to success? Luc Lepage believes that innovation and prevention play important roles in making retirement a meaningful and rewarding time of life. This belief, coupled with the willingness to reevaluate aging, is what inspired Réseau Sélection to create their healthyIDTM signature program.
An innovative path to personal well-being
Inspired by the most recent studies, healthyIDTM comes to life through scheduled activities, the latest research-based advice, as well as access to a network of health professionals. healthyIDTM aims to motivate Réseau Sélection's 7500 residents, whose average age is of 83 years old, to adopt healthy habits and an active lifestyle to live better for as long as possible. In order to achieve this, healthyIDTM uses a comprehensive approach based on 5 dimensions: an active social life, physical and intellectual activity, nutrition, new technologies, and the creation of living environments adapted to their needs.
As an example, the easy-to-use healthyIDTM agenda, designed specifically for residents, makes it simple to record important health data, and also includes useful health information, 10 tips for healthy aging, as well as in-residence initiatives that promote the adoption of healthy daily habits.
The dedicated healthyIDTM Zone, is a space featuring a full range of health-related professional services: pharmacy, medical test clinic, nursing station, kinesiology, naturopathy, osteopathy and foot care, as well as a swimming pool, spa, exercise centre and aerobics room. The Sélection Laval residence was the first to open a healthyIDTM Zone, designed to meet the specific needs of its residents.
Focusing on prevention and healthy lifestyle habits
"Specific residences will continuously be upgraded and improved in order to meet the evolving needs of our residents for the entire duration of their retirement. Each resident will be able find a variety of services and accommodations that best suits their needs, all under one roof," said Réseau Sélection Vice-President for Health, Luc Lepage. According to Lepage, the fact that Réseau Sélection has created a Vice-Presidency position of Health is a testament to its commitment to reinventing retirement.
About Réseau Sélection
Réseau Sélection has been developing and managing retirement home complexes for over 25 years. A pioneer in the sector, the company is active today throughout Quebec: 29 residences in operation or under construction, with close to 3,000 employees serving the needs of some 7,500 residents whose satisfaction rate remains among the highest in the industry. In addition to revitalizing and enhancing their quality of life, Réseau Sélection has also developed healthyIDTM, a lifestyle program focusing on prevention and awareness for adopting healthy daily habits so that residents "live better, longer."
Between now and 2020, Réseau Sélection will invest $2 billion in the construction of 30 new residential complexes, bringing its total number of units to 18,000.
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To learn more about healthyIDTM please visit id-sante.ca.
SOURCE Réseau Sélection
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