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Creature Comfort … Aging with Pet Love

For centuries, humans have enjoyed deeply nurturing and enriching bonds with their pets. Creatures of all kinds can lift our spirits, comfort us, shower us with affection, and surround us with boundless love. For some seniors, their furry or feathered friend might be the best part of their day. Their pets might be the reason they get out of bed; the reason they still venture out for a daily walk; one of the few things that makes them smile. If you have an aging parent or loved one with a devoted pet, chances are it’s heartbreaking to think about having to separate them from one another, down the road. At AgeCare we believe that having pets in senior homes can 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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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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Meet our Resident ~ Bob Mackenzie (AgeCare Valleyview)

At 77 Bob has plenty to be thankful for, but like most, his good fortune did not come without some bumps along the road. When Bob shares the stories of his youth, he fondly recalls his love of farming, and he also details the struggles that undoubtedly build his strong character and enduring will.   Born in Skiff, Alberta, Bob was an only child to parents whom, when he was young, inherited their parents’ farm near Del Bonita, Alberta. Relocating the family to adopt the farmstead near the Alberta-Montana border came with many challenges for his parents, but Bob did appreciate the lifestyle it afforded him as a young boy.   “I loved the farm – we raised cattle and pigs,” he said with nostalgia. “I would run after my father who was on the tractor working the fields. We  Read More...

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