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Artists in Bloom No. 3

"I don't like tulips. You know? Because, I see them like plastic. They are too shiny."

I am meeting with a man named Sylvester at Grandview Towers, one of our seniors rental housing buildings  in Vancouver. Sylvester is the next to be featured on the Baptist Housing blog's "Artists in Bloom" series, with his desire to go beyond "nice," decorative art, in the manner of tulips, to true expression.

Perennial Downsizing

Living clutter-free can be a perennial battle. Every spring, it seems that you can get rid of a few more things that have somehow accumulated over the past year. Here are some tips for maintaining a simple lifestyle over the course of the year.

1. Think of things in terms of "clutter value."

Honour Your Loved Ones on Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is considered a day for lovers to express and celebrate their love. But have you also considered it an opportunity to express how much you care for your elderly loved ones?

Here are a few ideas for making your loved one feel special on Valentine's Day.

7 Unique Ways to Ring in the New Year

One of the most common practices for New Year's is making New Year's resolutions. But what you may not know is that New Year's is celebrated in many other unique ways all over the globe! Check out some of these interesting traditions, and maybe be inspired to ask others you know, especially your parents or other relatives, how they grew up ringing in the New Year.

Revolutionize The Way You Think About Aging


What comes to mind for you when you consider aging? Is it fear? A sense of inevitable loss?

If this is your reaction, then the Biblical narrative will present you with a revolutionary approach. 

Welcome Home, Al

Today on the blog, we bring you a story from our COO and Executive VP Operations, Marc Kinna.

Slow Down, You're Moving Too Fast

There's no denying that the world of North America has its foot on the gas pedal. Whether it's checking our texts while waiting for our web browsers to finish loading, or updating our calendars in the grocery line, we are always seeking to make the most of our valuable time. In this fast-paced climate, it seems to me that older adults are especially affected by a constant pursuit of speed and efficiency.

Pumpkins: They Do Your Body Good

Jessica Mackie, R.D. at Sun Pointe Village, one of Baptist Housing's communities of care in Kelowna, shares her passion for pumpkins!

It's hard not to think of harvest, changing leaves and pumpkins when the season changes to fall. Pumpkins are one of my favourite fall foods, and they can be used in so many different ways. I have a couple of pumpkin recipes to share below, but before that, a reminder as to why they are so good for you!

Baptist Housing Values: Respect

At Baptist Housing, we have 6 values which correspond to the acronym CHRIST. These 6 are Compassion, Honesty, Respect, Innovation, Stewardship and Teamwork. We also have the added 7th value of Fun - an essential aspect of our ministry which reminds us to take our work seriously, but not ourselves. As Servant Leaders, we are focused on serving others in humility and grace while demonstrating the character behind each value.

Dependence is Beautiful

Of course Mom wants to grow old within her own home. Dad wouldn't be able to give away his stuff; it's better if he stays in the house we had growing up. Mom and Dad can manage their things by themselves. These are common assumptions about aging parents.