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Kristy Thackeray, a social worker at AgeCare in Calgary, is grateful to be turning 40 this May. She has a message to share with others, as Canada observes National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week. “If you are willing to receive an organ, you should be willing to donate one.” Kristy was 13 years old when she was diagnosed with a rare genetic heart condition called restrictive cardiomyopathy. For months she faced the dire possibility of imminent death if a donated heart did not become available to her. On May 26, 1996, while enroute to Texas to realize her dream of meeting Reba McEntire – a wish granted by the Children’s Wish Foundation – Kristy’s family received word that a Read More...

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Heart to Heart

Kristy Thackeray, a social worker at AgeCare in Calgary, is grateful to be turning 40 this May. She has a message to share with others, as Canada observes National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week. “If you are willing to receive an organ, you should be willing to donate one.” Kristy was 13 years old when she was diagnosed with a rare genetic heart condition called restrictive cardiomyopathy. For months she faced the dire possibility of imminent death if a donated heart did not become available to her. On May 26, 1996, while enroute to Texas to realize her dream of meeting Reba McEntire – a wish granted by the Children’s Wish Foundation – Kristy’s family received word that a heart was available. Immediately the teen and her family were rerouted back to Edmonton where doctors performed a successful heart  Read More...

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What’s Right in the World

It easy to get swept up in fear and disillusionment … given all the tragedies dominating the news, but your distress isn’t likely going to make things better. So why not turn your attention to some of the good things happening in the world? Here are some examples of good news to boost your morale this week! In cities across the world, a volunteer organization called Cycling Without Age delights seniors by taking them out for spins on special tricycles with comfy seats, so they can enjoy the great outdoors and feel a part of their communities. Founded in Scotland, the group has caught on worldwide and after a break due to the pandemic, many chapters are back in action. In Canada, there are Cycling Without Age chapters in most provinces and there are several in Alberta and BC. Scientists  Read More...

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Dementia Care – The AgeCare Way

AgeCare’s vision to provide exceptional care for residents with dementia has been a three-year labour of love, and today it is a vital part of our operations, with more training and innovations on the way. “More than 75 percent of our residents have some form of cognitive decline,” said Marilyn Willison-Leach, AgeCare Senior Vice President, Operations – Clinical Services. “Our vision is to ensure those living with dementia are enjoying the best quality of life possible, and that they are seen and appreciated for who they are.” AgeCare Dementia care initiatives currently include a myriad of calm and peaceful environments as well as themed spaces such as workshops, a nursery, and a homemaking area, to spark connections with the residents’ hobbies and past experiences. There are also multi-sensory rooms that are relaxing spaces with activities and tools to help reduce  Read More...

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AgeCare Seton Residents Virtually Attend Gala Celebrating Seniors

May 26 was a special day of recognition for seven inspiring seniors in Calgary, and some lucky AgeCare Seton seniors joined virtually to cheer them on and recall their own life highlights! Top 7 over 70 is an annual gala that recognizes seniors for noteworthy achievements they have pioneered after the age of 70. The concept reinforces that age is no barrier for those who seek to innovate, invent, and make positive contributions in the world. This year, gala organizers livestreamed the sold-out event to include AgeCare Seton residents - amplifying the message that all older adults have made their mark in the world. Seton staged a grand screening event that included games, delicious snacks, a professional photo booth, and activities designed to encourage reflection of personal achievements. Residents proudly shared some of the following accomplishments: Building adaptive equipment for  Read More...

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Gratitude Galore

Helen says she is thankful every day for the people at AgeCare who shower her with generosity, kindness and care. “I have more than I could wish for from this place and the people here,” she said, from her home at AgeCare’s Valleyview in Medicine Hat. “This is the first time in my life that I’ve had a quiet, peaceful place to retreat to every day.”   Helen spent much of her youth caring for her younger sibling and then went on to become a mother and take care of her own family. Later in life she looked after her aging parents while tending to the failing health of her husband. “I am grateful every day for the people who look after me because I know how hard it is and how much effort it takes,” Helen said.      Read More...

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Commemorating Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day Message from Dr. Hasmukh Patel, AgeCare CEO & President Remembrance Day is a day for all Canadians to pause, give thanks, and remember the men and women who served and sacrificed for our country.   The Remembrance Day Ceremony has played a major role in Remembrance since 1931. While the ceremonies may look different this year due to the pandemic, each AgeCare community is ensuring that Remembrance Day is commemorated.   I wish to encourage you all to observe a moment of silence on November 11, to mark the sacrifice of the many who have fallen and acknowledge the bravery of those who still serve.   To our residents who have served, we will be forever grateful for your courage and devotion to our country.   The Act of Remembrance   They shall grow not old, as we  Read More...

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National Seniors Day, Capturing Their Legacy

Today, October 1st, is National Seniors Day! We can all think of a senior who has made an impact on our lives. They are our mentors, our leaders, our grandparents and our loved ones. They are our volunteers, our neighbours and our role models.   If you are fortunate enough to have seniors in your life, you may have discovered the art of enriching your time together by coaxing stories out of them. Indeed they have many… and sharing can rekindle their passions while endowing you with a treasure chest of meaningful memories.   With the pandemic still in our midst, how we stay safely connected continue to look different than they have in the past. However, you might wish to consider capturing some of their legacy by recording them (virtually or in-person) as they recount their days gone by  Read More...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Mack, AgeCare Columbia

Mack has been an AgeCare Columbia volunteer in Lethbridge for the past 18 months. He shares that during his time as a volunteer, he has been astonished to see how recreational activities can drastically improve an individual’s well being physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. As a 4th-year Neuroscience/Psychology student, Mack has also learned a great deal about aging and expressed that his positive volunteer experiences at AgeCare have solidified his interest in pursuing Medical School. Mack’s warmth, support, and energy have also made a lasting impression with both the residents and staff at AgeCare Columbia. The staff at the community explain that residents often ask, “when is Mack coming?” As a volunteer, Mack supports residents with computer questions, recreation outings, serving at social functions, and playing cards.  Mack also jumps in as needed when staff require assistance portering residents or  Read More...

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Volunteer Spotlight: First Alliance Church, AgeCare Seton

Members of the First Alliance Church have volunteered at AgeCare Seton since the community first opened. They began as a small Bible Study group in the community, and have since grown to be a 30+ member congregation. The team and residents have transitioned over time, but the Church’s connection with residents has continued to grow. At one time, the group even included one of their fathers when he himself became an AgeCare Seton Resident. The volunteers pictured include Rick, Shirley, Myrna (Pianist), Pastor Doug, and Lloyd (missing). Rick leads the group in song, Myrna and Lloyd sing-along, Shirley provides hugs and music sheets, and Pastor Doug provides a Sunday message. To spiritually support residents during this time, the First Alliance volunteers will be creating a Church newsletter that will be distributed at AgeCare Seton. The First Alliance members are keeping  Read More...

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Volunteer Spotlight: The Monday Singers, AgeCare Orchard Manor & Sunrise Gardens

The Monday Singers have provided musical enrichment for AgeCare residents in Brooks for as long as anyone can remember.   The group of 20 or so volunteers connects every Monday morning since they were first founded 25 years ago by Mable Madelflatha at the Tilley Bethany Lutheran Church.   The group presently consists of 20 women who perform and play piano for different seniors communities in Brooks, but men are also welcome and encouraged to join.   Members of the Monday Singers include Heather, Corrie, Carole, Lavonna, Aletta, Judy, Betty, Ann, Grace, Carolyn, Nola, Mariel, Danealle, Maxine, Carol, Helen, Lois, and Martha.   The dedicated volunteers believe in the power of prayer and expressed that they hold many individuals in their thoughts due to the present pandemic.   To learn more about volunteer opportunities with AgeCare, or to become an AgeCare  Read More...

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