Aurora ladies to get shopping fix

Willows Estate

Willows Estate residents enjoy Walmart trip

From selecting a new handbag to purchasing sweets, a shopping trip usually provides a little boost for Willows Estate residents.

In fact, going to Walmart is one of the more popular outings, particularly for some of the women who reside at the Aurora long-term care home, says Teddy Mazzuca, life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) for Willows Estate.

A trip to the local retailer is on the calendar for March, and the participating ladies are already discussing what they’ll purchase, which includes a new purse for one resident and snacks and sweets for another.

“They enjoy just being out,” Teddy says.

In the past, she has booked a bus for eight residents to go shopping. There were four staff members and two residents per aide. The groups browsed and then gathered for lunch at McDonald’s in the store.

“A lot of our residents pick up treats like chips and crackers, makeup and the odd item of clothing,” Teddy says.

“It’s close by and it’s a nice, shorter trip. It’s just getting out, going into the public and being a bit more independent.”

According to an article in Psychology Today, shopping has benefits.

“Remember that saying, ‘When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping?” the article states.
“Turns out there’s some truth to that adage.”

A new study, conducted by TNS Global on behalf of Ebates.com, found that more than half of Americans admit to engaging in “retail therapy.”

This echoes a previous study published in the Journal of Psychology and Marketing. Researchers Selin Atalay and Margaret Meloy found that 62 per cent of shoppers had purchased something to cheer themselves up, and another 28 per cent had purchased as a form of celebration.

Click here to read about additional benefits of shopping, including the experiences of relaxation and escape and social interaction.

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