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82-Year-Old Grandma Reveals Her Secret To A Long Life

Mabel Sparling has a bus pass and she uses it several times a week to visit the mall near her retirement community.   At the mall, Mabel gets her daily dose of exercise, meets her granddaughter Jenny for coffee, and visits the greeting card aisle of her favourite gift shop – specifically – she spends copious amounts of time reading the humorous cards.   “That’s the ticket to a good day,” says Mabel, “you’ve got to get your laughter in.”   At 82, Mabel is well-known to everyone in her seniors' community, along with several city transit drivers who find themselves buoyed by her sunny disposition. By all accounts, Mabel is perpetually cheerful.   “It’s contagious - her sense of Read More...

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Grandparents’ Day: Keeping grandchildren connected with their grandparents

Grandparents' Day is an opportunity to recognize the great influence the older generation has on children’s lives. Seniors share family traditions and teach children valuable life skills and knowledge. Grandparents continue to play an important role in the family structure. When parents must work economic reasons, grandparent's increasingly offer childcare support.   This September 11, take the opportunity to strengthen the bond between grandparents-grandchildren. Whether you live close by or far apart, there are many ways to stay in touch this Grandparents’ Day and throughout the year.   Looking for ways to stay connected? These tips might help:   #1 Letter Writing Handwritten letters are an excellent way for younger children to practice their writing skills and grandparents can see the evolution of their grandchildren's writing too. Encourage your grandchildren to draw a picture of the family and include it  Read More...

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Meet Our Resident ~ Adelhed (AgeCare Orchard Manor)

Adelheld (Addie) tells a harrowing story of her life growing up in Eastern Europe. Born in 1929, she faced many unfathomable challenges, beginning in 1945 when Germans invaded her family home in Czechoslovakia.   “All the men were put in trucks and told to go clean up the towns. The women were ordered to march alongside with their children,” she said. “But the men could not protect their women so the women were told to march back to Germany.”   Addie’s mother died on this route… and friends buried her alongside the road. This is a sad thought for Addie – even at 87.   “I was just 18, but I had already seen so much turmoil in my short life,” she said. “I arrived in Germany tired and hungry and after I had settled in, I tried to apply  Read More...

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Meet Our Residents ~ Dave Bell (AgeCare Orchard Manor)

Dave has had an ambitious and colourful life. Born to a farming family in Poverty Flats, Alberta in 1921. Dave spent his early years at a primary school near Hussar that was named Lawson, after his mother’s family. Later he attended a dormitory school for boys in Drumheller, but he didn’t graduate until age 19, as like others, he was juggling school and working on the family farm.   “After high school, I went straight into the army,” said Dave, “I started out as a Private in WWII and moved through the ranks to become a Lieutenant by the end of my career.”   Dave was discharged due to an incident that left him with shrapnel in his knuckle. “I ended up having five knuckles instead of four,” he quips, adding that he spent several months in a Belgium hospital  Read More...

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Yahoo! Rodeo and Exhibition Activities for Seniors

Summer has officially arrived in Alberta. With many of the province's world famous agricultural celebrations, exhibitions, and rodeos there is no better time to enjoy the outdoors. Not only are these events an excellent way participate in Alberta's vibrant western culture, but they’re an opportunity for seniors to stay active outdoors. Studies indicate that seniors’ who spend time outside improve their overall well-being and outlook on life.   We have created a list of recommended activities that all generations can enjoy, along with some tips to help guarantee seniors’ comfort and enjoyment this summer.   1)      Watch a Parade A parade is an activity that the whole family will love. Get the perfect spot by heading out early and take comfortable chairs. Bring plenty of water and healthy snacks to stay nourished while you enjoy the bands and admire the  Read More...

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Meet Our Residents ~ Tilley Schlossberger (AgeCare Orchard Manor)

At 104, you can bet that Tilley Schlossberger has a vast collection of life experiences, and she relays her stories with surprising clarity and an upbeat tone.   Tilley was born in Grayson Saskatchewan to parents Annamarie and Harry. “I don’t remember my father at all, we lost him in World War l, leaving my mother on her own with three children,” she explained.   When Tilley’s mother found new love, Karl joined the family with six kids of his own, so together the pair raised nine kids, and by Tilley’s account, this oversized family was a happy lot.   “Karl was a wheat farmer and we lived in a modest house. I walked nearly three miles to school twice a day starting at age six, right until I finished school at the age of 13,” said Tilley. “Then I  Read More...

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Meet Our Residents ~ Adeline & Dale (AgeCare Valleyview)

Meet Dale and Adeline; Married for 13 years and each other’s second chance at love.   Dale worked on his parent’s farm as a boy and started every morning at the crack of dawn. He would get up and try to find the cows all spread out in the fields and bring them in for milking, a chore that had to be done three times a day. His chores always dragged on until the late morning forcing him to run to school so he was not late. However Dale never complained, as he puts it, “You had to do what was needed.”   By the time he was 20 he was managing a small plot of land with cattle. As he started to describe his little piece of heaven I can feel the winds he describes that would blow through  Read More...

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Dancing for Good Reason – It’s Great For Your Health and Wellness!

If you Google ‘old people dancing’ – I guarantee you will be entertained! Seniors everywhere are letting it be known that a little grey hair and a knee replacement or two does not mean the dance is over!   Check out this dancing queen… she’s amazing… and happy too!     Ellie Harding is a perfect example of a senior who doesn’t let her age get in the way of her two-stepping. At 80, she still hosts a lively dance night with friends and family once a month at her Varsity residence in Calgary.   “I may be getting up there but boy I’m telling you – dancing keeps me young!” She told a group of us mid-lifers – friends gathering to celebrate her daughter Jill’s 50th birthday. None of us had any idea Jill’s mom would be the life  Read More...

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Tips on Proper Eating and Nutrition as You Age

Bread for the Journey As we March toward spring it is the perfect time to reinforce the importance of eating well. This can be especially challenging for seniors who live independently and alone, and are not inclined to put the thought and time into preparing a proper meal just for themselves. If poor appetite or simple disinterest is your problem, here are some tips that might help: Set the stage Choose a comfortable place to have your meals and create an inviting eating space with flowers, nice music and a favourite place setting. Alter the venue If the kitchen or dining table seems drab try having meals outside on the deck (temperatures permitting), or in front of a favourite TV program. You can also improve your meal time by perusing paper or reading a favourite novel while you eat. Work  Read More...

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Meet our Resident ~ Millie Robson (AgeCare Valleyview)

If there is such a thing as a gene for being caring and helpful, no doubt, Millie has it in spades. These qualities have been guiding her for much of her life, first as a nurse, then as a wife and mother, and now as a good Samaritan and friend to those around her at Valleyview.   Born and raised in Medicine Hat, Millie graduated high school and went on to become a nurse, where she found great passion in assisting with operations. “Ms. Beach, the head nurse at the time, put me to work in the operating room and I loved every minute of it,” she said.   Ironically, one of Millie’s nursing instructors some 50 years ago was Marjorie Middleton, another resident at Valleyview. Now friends, the two remember each other from days gone by and think it’s a coincidence that their paths brought them back under one roof. “Marj was the first person  Read More...

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Therapeutic Recreation for Seniors

Activities for the mind, body and soul! My sister and I recently toured a variety of independent and assisted living residences, seeking just the right ‘next move’ for our parents, now well into their 80s. After multiple visits to south Calgary residences, we found ourselves at AgeCare’s Walden Heights, where we encountered a plethora of amenities that checked all our boxes and made this facility a stand out.   “This might be the one!” we said out loud to each other; what a relief it would be to find a great new living situation for our parents after our lengthy and exhaustive search.   At AgeCare Walden Heights we were immediately impressed with the warmth and vibrancy of the supportive living residence. The staff we encountered were knowledgeable and professional, but it was their warmth and kindness we ultimately won  Read More...

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