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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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War Reflections: From a Seven Year Old’s Perspective

The grandfather of my children is a wonderful man. A man of great wisdom, pride and patriotism. At 92, Joe is still remarkably sharp and witty. Although, at this time of year, he becomes quiet and pensive. When he does we all suspect he recalls the details of his time served on the front lines of WWII.   “I spent the night of my 19th birthday in a foxhole with the sound of live artillery firing overhead,” He said when I visited recently. “A runner came by and told us ‘keep your heads down tonight boys’, which meant artillery was firing proximity shells that could explode if they came close enough — and boy let me tell you — they did sound close enough,” he explained.   This story and countless others Ed relayed to my children as they grew and wrestled  Read More...

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Meet Our Resident ~ Winton (AgeCare Orchard Manor)

I sat down with Winton in his cozy suite at Orchard Manor that he shared with his wife until her passing. Winton was born on November 21, 1926 twelve miles south of Coronation to parents Joe and Annie Wangsness.   His parents came to live in Alberta in 1924 from Minnesota. I had 3 sisters and 1 brother. They have all passed away. Winton says they were a poor family but he never felt poor as they had a great life full of fun. Winton and his brother would play cowboys and Indians, make up things to do by using our own imaginations.   Winton’s father Joe worked as a farmer for quite some time while his mother Annie took care of their growing family. When they were able, Winton’s folks rented a farm of their own and farmed it  Read More...

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Meet Our Resident ~ Al (AgeCare Valleyview)

Meet AgeCare Valleyview Resident Algirdas Arelis (aka Al), born in Lithuania in 1929.   Al was in his youth during World War II. Like many in his generation, life was profoundly affected by the enduring conflict in Europe and around the world.   Al was moved ahead twice in grade school. Thinking this was odd, even though he was a fine student, he later discovered that his peers in the higher grades were pulled from school to fight in the war. “By the time I was in grade 7, I found my studies to be really challenging,” Al reveals.   Another difficulty was the passing of his father, Liudas, when he was 13. His mother was left to care for five children, and as the eldest, Al was expected to pitch in. “Although there was a war going on, I  Read More...

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Meet Our Resident ~ Mary (AgeCare Orchard Manor)

Meet one of AgeCare Orchard Manors' long-time residents. Mary may be 90 years old, but she still recalls the carefree hopscotch days of her youth, growing up in sunny Three Hills, Alberta.   “I really liked skipping – I even won the Double Dutch skipping contest one year,” she told AgeCare Orchard Manor’s Retirement Living Consultant, Carol Gilhooley. Mary recounts many tales from her cheerful small-town childhood as the youngest of three with a father who was a telephone operator and a mother who devoted her time to caring for the home and family.   In her teens, Mary played basketball and volleyball and hockey; she loved to attend the community dances. She chuckles when she tells the story of the time she was dancing with a boy who didn’t believe her name was Mary Smith… “He said, okay then  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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