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More Than Wellness: Wellness For Life.

More Than Wellness: Wellness For Life.

Discover new dimensions of wellness in Virginia Beach senior living.

Life is about so much more than just getting through another day. For seniors who truly care about well-being, it’s also about finding new ways to feel fulfilled, socially, spiritually, intellectually, vocationally, emotionally and physically. The Wellness for Life program at Westminster-Canterbury in Virginia Beach integrates and balances these six dimensions in the most embracing and comforting ways.

Please explore these healthy, encouraging paths that are all part of our Wellness for Life program.

Spiritual Wellness
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Spiritual Wellness

Surrounded by natural beauty and intentional, soothing settings you can invite a deeper sense of spiritual wellness. Connect with a meaningful appreciation of your life and your journey, through such paths as study, worship, volunteerism, music, exercise and personal reflection, encouraged and supported by others.

Westminster-Canterbury has 2 chapels to choose from the Independent Living Holy Trinity Chapel, offering weekly Sunday service and visiting Clergy and The Fletcher Prayer Room, which provides a dedicated, peaceful sanctuary for contemplation and prayer. It also offers space for weekly Bible study and services.

Experience how Westminster-Canterbury sustains spiritual wellness with our podcast. Listen to sermons and teachings from the Reverend Doug Gray, our Senior Chaplain, recorded at Holy Trinity Chapel at Westminster-Canterbury, right on your computer or smartphone. Listen Now.

Vocational Wellness
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Vocational Wellness

Engage unconditionally in work that fills you with a sense of purpose.  Volunteer opportunities exist through such paths as community ambassadorship, club leadership and mentoring and Beyond Our Gates Program.  Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay residents and team members donated more than 33,000 hours of their time.  They participated in numerous activities on and off campus to benefit the citizens of the Virginia Beach area.  Some of the volunteer opportunities included:

  • American Red Cross Annual Blood Drive
  • FoodBank of Southeastern Virginia Food Drive
  • Southeastern Virginia Chapter Walk to End Alzheimer’s
  • Judeo-Christian Outreach Center – Prepared meals to the hungry and homeless
  • Seniors Celebrating Seniors – Our residents made the graduation of 12th grade seniors special by offering college and life experience.
  • Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast cookie giveaway
  • PingPongforCharity Tournament – Event to help raise money for support services for people with mental health illnesses such as Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, depression and more
  • Summer Camp for Kids – We partner with Brilliant Beginnings Learning Center to assist with their summer camp program
Intellectual Wellness
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Intellectual Wellness

Keep your intellectual edge in a stimulating, active environment brimming with opportunities to excite your mind. Explore computer instruction, reading, research and writing, musical concerts, museum tours, discussions and more.

Through the Lifelong Learning Institute, a partnership with Virginia Wesleyan University, residents can audit select classes at VWU for free and attend cultural events. In addition, 64 mini-courses are offered each year at Westminster-Canterbury, coordinated by a VWU professor.

Emotional Wellness
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Emotional Wellness

Nurture a positive emotional state through private contemplation on our beautiful seaside campus or in the company of others. Pathways to emotional health include Yoga and Tai Chi, support or reminiscence groups, and counseling.

Physical Wellness
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Physical Wellness

Build strength, endurance and feel the benefits of keeping your body active and moving. Fresh sea air, walks on the beach, water sports and year-round indoor fitness provide opportunities to work your body every day.

Keep active and fit in our state-of-the-art gym, featuring cardio and weightlifting equipment, or our fitness pool. Residents also love our Wellness Studio located in the West Tower, a newly constructed 1,800-square-foot fitness and wellness space. This modern and open area is enjoyed by all as the home to our regular exercise, dance and pickleball classes.

Social Wellness
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Social Wellness

Find community and connection through casual get-togethers with neighbors, happy hour gatherings and interest groups that are more formal. Our beautiful and comfortable community areas provide the perfect backdrop for socializing, meeting on a regular basis or celebrating milestones.

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Resident Testimonials

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  • You can't cut off your life because of COVID. You have to be careful, but you need to keep living. Westminster-Canterbury makes it easier to do that. Dr. George Franklin, Resident
  • The key to a healthy retirement is to remain active.  The key to remaining active is to live at Westmnster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay! Dick Binford, Resident
  • The best decision I ever made was to move to Westminster! Joan Lottman, Resident
  • I have lived here for almost two years and I absolutely love it! Moving here is the best decision I ever made in my life! My children might not realize it now, but coming here is the best present I have ever given them. Beverly Griffin, Resident
  • A huge thank you to all the Westminster-Canterbury staff for all that they are doing for us during these challenging times! Special thank you to Catering for their off-campus pickups for us! Vera Jean Russell, Resident
  • Thank you for everything you do everyday to keep us happy, healthy and safe!! No place I’d rather be!!️ Shirley Wharton, Resident
  • This is the best possible place for us to be. Brenda Leonhirth Ladell, Resident
  • Thanks for helping take great care of our parents. We miss seeing them, but glad you’re taking every precaution to ensure we’ll get that chance when this blows over! Karen Costenbader Bradley, Family Member of Resident
  • Stone Rehab went over 100% above and beyond expectations! Joan Lottman, Resident, Stone Rehab experience
  • Thanks to Ben Unkle, CEO of Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay for making this [www.birdsongtablet.com] technology available around the world! LeadingAge Virginia
  • The best decision I ever made was coming to WC 6 years ago. Everyone is very professional, they know their job & they do it well. I was healthy and independent 6 years ago when I moved here & now I'm experiencing episodes of back pain that Stone Rehab is helping me with. It's a marvelous place! Joan Lottman, Resident, Stone Rehab experience
  • It’s hard for me to believe that I have not been off campus for almost five months with the exception of three doctor’s visits. Yet, I am perfectly content. I have had the opportunity to leave since March, but continue to choose to stay here where I feel safer and my days can be filled with many of the activities you have provided. Connie Rutledge, Resident

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