Sharing #ElderWisdom on the Neighbourhood

The Colchester Neighbourhood at the Village at St. Clair brought the #ElderWisdom Green bench to the neighbourhood for an afternoon. The neighbours and team members spent a few minutes chatting and engaging in meaningful conversation while the neighbours shared their #ElderWisdom! Many enjoyed a special treat of ice cream together as well.

Here is some of the #ElderWisdom that was shared by the Colchester neighbours:

  • Treat others with respect!
  • Hard work and my faith in God make me stronger.
  • Encourage young people to get a good education and always save for a rainy day.
  • Try everything! You never know until you try.
  • Always be friendly and smile!
  • Don’t forget to call those you love!

Stay tuned as the village continues the #ElderWisdom conversation year around!

#ElderWisdom Bench Visits Schlegel Villages Pursuit of Passions

On June 5th, the #ElderWisdom Green bench attended Schlegel Villages Wisdom of the Elder Event. This years event was Pursuit of Passions, where each village was able to taste and share recipes with each other.

A lot of great wisdom, laughter and smiles were shared on the #ElderWisdom bench. Check out some #ElderWisdom that was shared below:

Darlene shared “To love your family.” and “Share you passion with others.”

” Life will throw you challenges, continue to move forward” and “continue to learn through life” was the wisdom Raymond shared.

Ann shared “Smile. When you get up in the morning, smile!” 🙂

“Laughter is the best medicine” according to Doc.

Doreen shared “Communication is key” and “be involved”.

Honour the wisdom of an elder, and sit and have a conversation!


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#ElderWisdom Chalkboard Wall

As a part of our Culture Change Journey Coleman painted a portion of main street with chalkboard paint to encourage meaningful and shared activities and also to promote Gratitude throughout the village.  We have changed the theme of the wall monthly and June was changed to reflect Senior’s Month and Wisdom of the Elder.  We have encouraged team members, residents, family members and volunteers to share some wisdom they have received from an elder in their life, especially those that call Coleman their home.  We have also asked what we can do to help our residents live their best life and here are some of the things we have come up with:

Remember that they are someone’s Grandparent, Mother, Father, etc.  They aren’t just a Resident in a home.  They used to live a life only they can tell.

Keep them active!

Give them a voice and advocate for those that don’t have one.

By providing an opportunity for the residents to try something new and challenge their skills.

Have patience when they ask you to repeat..

By loving them everyday

“Think hard.  Think before you Act”- Betty H

“Don’t get old, you do stupid things”- Doris K

“Never judge a book by it’s cover”- Tom P

“Love every moment”- Bruce P

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”- Doris K

We look forward to seeing what else make it onto the wall.  We also can’t wait for June 27th when we get to bring down 3 residents to sit on the bench and converse and share some wisdom with the community in Barrie!  –Event Details

Seniors from Winston Park share outside Kitchener City Hall

Seniors from The Village of Winston Park brought the #ElderWisdom bench to the community. We are fighting ageism together by encouraging conversation while sharing the importance of seniors contributions to their community.

The #ElderWisdom bench at the Kitchener City Hall

Date: Friday, June 29th, 2018

Listen to 570 News where Mike Farwell talks to Carl about the #ElderWisdom campaign and his thoughts on the aging stigmas in society. 570 News Clip

Pinehaven Nursing Home share conversations in Uptown Waterloo

Seniors from Pinehaven Nursing Home brought the #ElderWisdom bench to the community. We are fighting ageism together by encouraging conversation while sharing the importance of seniors contributions to their community.

The #ElderWisdom bench at the Uptown Waterloo Public Square

Date: Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Seniors Share Wisdom in Waterloo | CTV

“Give credit to God! He gives me strength to carry on day by day and He has never left me and never forsaken me. Through life I have learned and have come to understand who God is and embrace His good morals to love and care for others. So I can live a good life the Lord would have me live.” -Lena

“There is nothing more important than love and loving others.” -Lena

#ElderWisdom celebrated in Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto

Seniors from Maynard Nursing Home and Fairview Nursing Home brought the #ElderWisdom benches to the community. We are fighting ageism together by encouraging conversation while sharing the importance of seniors contributions to their community.

 

The #ElderWisdom bench at the Trinity Bellwoods Park

Date: Friday, June 15th, 2018

Need Advice? Pop-Up Park Bench Invites You To Talk With A Senior | Toronto Storeys

Need some advice on your job, dating, travel? Have a seat with a senior | CBC Toronto

 

“Always be polite. A person smiles at you, smile back.”

Sharing wisdom outside Guelph City Hall

Seniors from The Village of Riverside Glen and The Village of Arbour Trails brought the #ElderWisdom bench to the community. We are fighting ageism together by encouraging conversation while sharing the importance of seniors contributions to their community.

The #ElderWisdom bench at Guelph Market Square

Date: Thursday, June 14th, 2018

News

Guelph seniors share some wisdom | Guelph Mercury Tribune

#ElderWisdom: Seniors share their experiences | CTV Kitchener

Norm & Jack co-host the 107.5 Dave Rocks morning show [Social Post]

Guelph Today | May 24, 2018

“We in the Western World confess, that our forebears were wrong when they assumed that White Men and Women were the superior race.” -John

Audrey chats with the Brampton Community

Seniors from The Village of Sandalwood Park brought the #ElderWisdom bench to the community. We are fighting ageism together by encouraging conversation while sharing the importance of seniors contributions to their community.

The #ElderWisdom bench in Brampton on June 13, 2018

“The best thing about being a senior is that I get to do practically anything I want.” -Audrey

Brampton senior takes part in #ElderWisdom community visit | Brampton Guardian

Wisdom conversations outside Hamilton City Hall

Seniors from The Village of Wentworth Heights and Hamilton Continuing Care brought the #ElderWisdom bench to the community. We are fighting ageism together by encouraging conversation while sharing the importance of seniors contributions to their community.

The #ElderWisdom bench at the Hamilton City Centre

Date: Monday, June 11th, 2018

“As you grow older you realize it’s less about the rush and more about stopping to smell the roses” -Lou Ann

“Listen more to those around you, and hear what they have to say” -Mary

Conversations with the community in Whitby

We enjoyed the beautiful outdoors with the residents from The Village of Taunton Mills as they brought the #ElderWisdom bench to the community.

The #ElderWisdom bench at the Whitby Civic Recreation Complex

Date: Friday, June 8th, 2018

“Look to seniors for advice -but do not underestimate what young people have to offer!” -Brian

“I urge the young people of today to never be afraid to try something new” -Kate