#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 Twitter Chat with Ron Schlegel

On Monday, June 10th at 3:30 in the afternoon, Ron Schlegel joined the #ElderWisdom campaign on Twitter to answer some submitted questions to him. We will share some of those questions and answers here for you. If you wish to participate in the conversation, view the following tweet and the replies attached to it.

Q: A question from @SchlegelCentre to @RonaldPSchlegel. Given your incredible expertise and generosity, what advice do you have for young people looking for a career in seniors care?

A: It is a fulling and meaningful career. Senior living is a good area to select because it doesn’t take much to make a senior’s day. Very little interface with a senior and they are so appreciative and hence highly rewarding back to yourself.

Q: A question from @DaveJaworsky. Canada is an affluent country, yet there are still many needs. What advice would you give to someone who wants to get involved and help out?

A: There are many many needs in society so its important that one selects the area that interests them and to which they can contribute. It’s important to commit one’s self to continue until a difference is made. Passion needs to be demonstrated throughout.

Q: A question from @jjluhkim. If you had a magic wand and you were able to fast forward 10 years from now, what would that ideal future of Schlegel Villages look like?

A: We would continue with our town square/main street villages but adding more choice points for seniors. Including expanded fitness facilities, possibly swimming pool/sauna/hot tub. Also, add smart homes as an additional living choice on our campus.

Follow @RonaldPSchlegel on Twitter and feel free to ask him a question as he learns how to use this tool.

#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