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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 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  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  Read More...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Valerie, AgeCare Valleyview

Valerie, more commonly known as Val, has been volunteering with AgeCare Valleyview for 8 wonderful years. Val is passionate about her volunteer role with AgeCare and is also a long-standing member of The Royal Canadian Legion.   Val first connected with AgeCare nearly a decade ago when she was visiting a friend who was a veteran. She spent time with him every day, as his family was only able to visit on weekends. After he passed, she decided to continue as a volunteer at the community as she truly enjoyed visiting with residents and the nursing staff.   Now, proudly in her 80’s, Val has led countless activities and fundraisers in her various volunteer roles, some resulting in noteworthy equipment donations including blood pressure devices and lifts.   Val is a dedicated volunteer, ready to assist with any need be  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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Volunteer Spotlight: Brendan, AgeCare Harmony Court

Brendan has been an AgeCare Harmony Court volunteer for 6 months and, much to his surprise, he loves spending his extra time in the community. Brendan expressed that he loves everything about it and already feels part of the AgeCare family.   Brendan recently transitioned from a full-time engineering student to majoring in Molecular Biology and Chemistry as he sets his sights on Medical School. He shares that the pandemic has only reinforced his decision to change fields as the need for health care professionals has never been more important.   Brendan began volunteering at AgeCare to gain experience working with seniors. As a recreation volunteer, he supports the Recreation team in running daily programs and activities to help residents stay active, intellectually stimulated, and connected. He expressed that his shifts are always so much fun, and he's amazed by  Read More...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Alison, AgeCare Midnapore

Alison has been a volunteer at AgeCare Midnapore for nearly four years. After taking a year off to settle into retirement, Alison was encouraged to connect with AgeCare by other family members. She soon found her bi-weekly volunteer shifts filled her with purpose and a routine she truly enjoyed. At AgeCare Midnapore, Alison runs the corner store and takes pride in helping find the best selection and price for residents. During her shifts, she also enjoys connecting with fellow bookworms, discussing their next read and selecting titles for the coming week. Alison has become good friends with many residents over her four years as a volunteer, and though she has had to say goodbye to a few great people along the way, she is continuously thankful for the relationships and camaraderie at AgeCare Midnapore. She says that the social element  Read More...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Alysha, AgeCare Midnapore

Alysha has been a volunteer at AgeCare Midnapore for 3.5 years.   Since her very first day, she has diligently cared for Fred, Ginger, and Nikko – a trio of feathered friends that live in the community. The two Cockatiels and one tiny Parrotlet depend on her care and attention each week and love their weekly spray bottle showers.   Alysha’s support extends to humans as well as an AgeCare companion volunteer.  She’s always just a phone call away when help is needed with special events  - including resident Happy Hour on Friday afternoons.   Alysha was interested in new experiences when she happened upon the AgeCare Volunteer Program.  She feels she has learned a great deal from residents and their lived experiences, and credits the Recreation team with creating a community of positivity.   She encourages everyone to stay  Read More...

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How to Enhance the Holidays for Seniors ~ Gift Giving & Activity Suggestions

Gifting to Seniors As you set your sights on just the right gift for your senior loved one this holiday season, consider the fact that gifts that involve sharing and caring mean so much more than any gift that will take up space in their compact living area. Here are a few gift ideas that don’t include wrapping or clutter: Homemade baked goods or other favourite edibles A special outing (such as a Christmas concert, a play, afternoon tea, or a scenic drive) Personal pampering (nails, hair, foot care, or for grandpa - a hot towel shave) An afternoon together looking at pictures and sharing memories Enjoy a classic Christmas movie together A special church service, senior’s hymn sing, or Christmas tea   Making Holiday Plans With Seniors   Keep in mind that the holidays can be stressful for seniors,  Read More...

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The Truth about Getting Old ~ as Told by George Bowler

George Bowler stopped me in the hallway as I was hurrying along the corridor, trying to catch my stepdad before he assumed his usual spot in the dining room. George is my stepdad’s neighbour across the hall in the retirement community, where they’ve both resided for the past few years.   While George evidently remembered that I was coming to collect Ed for our Tim Horton’s lunch date, it was apparent that Ed had forgotten and gone about his usual lunch routine.   George greeted me with a robust "hello", and said he wanted to have a word with me. He said Ed had told him that I am a writer and he had a few things he wanted to say to a writer.   As we walked toward the dining room and witnessed Ed begin eating the inhouse lunch  Read More...

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Simple Ways to Enjoy the Last Weeks Summer

As we enjoy the last remaining weeks of summer, you can still enjoy all kinds of activities that are less accessible in the looming colder months.   For some, it’s that fix of art, music and cultural experiences that will bring them joy. For others, it’s reconnecting with nature and the outdoors. For those who enjoy food, summer brings a chance to get out and sample a plethora of culinary treats.   Whatever the interest, there are many wonderful ways for seniors to live their best life when the sun is shining and the flowers are still in bloom.   In case you need some suggestions, here are some fun summer activities to enjoy:   Music   Every city and town has a vast assortment of summer music concerts of every imaginable genre.   Some will opt for outdoor concerts  Read More...

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