#ElderWisdom | Stories from the Green Bench
#ElderWisdom | Stories from the Green Bench
Schlegel Villages
Erin Davis along with co-host Lloyd Hetherington explore friendship, tragedy, love, life, learning and so much more on our Stories from the Green Bench podcast. The Green Bench is a symbol of elder wisdom. Physically or virtually, the bench invites us all to sit alongside a senior, share a conversation or give and offer advice. It challenges the stigma seniors face; the ageism still so prevalent in society. It reminds us of the wealth of wisdom our elders offer and in doing so, helps restore them to a place of reverence. Your seat on the green bench is ready and waiting.
Reflections, gratitude, and tribute to the wisdom of Season 1
Episode #32 - Erin Davis brings us this very special season-ending edition of #ElderWisdom | Stories from the Green Bench. ”In more than 30 episodes, we have hit milestones, grown bigger, gone deeper than any one of us could have imagined back when Ron Schlegel gave his blessing to this idea of amplifying the voices and tapping the wisdom of those most cherished among us, our seniors.” - Erin Davis ”The position of co-host has the experience of a lifetime for me. I‘ve grown in many many ways, with friendships, knowledge and a new lease on life.” -Lloyd Hetherington ”My favourite part of the podcast is being able to put my headset on and go for a walk with my dad.” - Denise Hutchinson Hear about Erin‘s favourite episode: #18 with Patricia & Dennis Bayley from The Village of Taunton Mills. Lloyd shares an episode that resonates with him, it was the story with Sheri Noecker from The Village at University Gates on Episode #27. What podcast guest‘s story has resonated with you?  Share with us on social media using the #ElderWisdom tag or through our website contact form at elderwisdom.ca Messages of gratitude for the wisdom and stories shared on these podcasts brought to you by Schlegel Villages team members, podcast production team, and some online reviews. We love to hear from you whether it is through our social media channels, our website elderwisdom.ca, or in podcast reviews on Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, or the Goodpods App.  We captured some words of wisdom from Centenarians living at Schlegel Villages. Marie Rosa is 106 years old living at The Village of Humber Heights in Etobicoke with her little sister Virginia who is 100.  The question asked is ‘What advice or words of wisdom would you give your 20-year-old self?‘ 104-year-old Bessie shares her words of wisdom from The Village of Taunton Mills in Whitby, ”Sing more”. Our gratitude: *Lloyd Hetherington *The Village Team Members *Rob Whitehead *Ted Hudson *Memory Tree Productions team, Peter Shannon, Melinda Wilson, Karen Kocher *Our listeners from around the world and a big thank you to our host, Erin Davis From all of us at Schlegel Villages and the podcast team, we thank Lloyd Hetherington for his wisdom, stories, and engagement on the green bench.  He will be stepping back from the co-host role and will continue to be involved in different ways with the #ElderWisdom campaign.  We will be back in February 2022 with Season 2 and welcoming a new co-host, Doug Robinson, who was our first guest of Season 1 and lives at The Village of Sandalwood Park in Brampton. ”Take the time, relax, unwind your soul and you will find that in every podcast there is a grain of truth just waiting for you to enjoy it and grow with it.” -Lloyd Hetherington Subscribe, rate, and review our podcast on any network and share your thoughts on social media using the #ElderWisdom tag to help others find us.
Dec 21, 2021
35 min
Rita Munro - How does your garden grow? Gardening, Nursing, and Journalism
Rita Munro joins Erin Davis from The Village of Arbour Trails in Guelph, a place she makes more beautiful simply by being there, sharing her outdoor expertise, and bringing people together to grow gardens and friendships.   When Rita moved to the Village, she suggested a need for a garden outside the front of the Village.  Pitched the idea to Wendy, Director of Lifestyle Options, and everyone came together to make this happen. Gardening advice from Rita. ”Look at the plants/flowers that you really like and research its requirements.  It‘s not rocket science or difficult at all.” Subscribe, rate, and review our podcast on any network and share your thoughts on social media using the #ElderWisdom tag to help others find us.
Dec 7, 2021
30 min
Felix Rommens - Living with hearing impairment, keeping hands busy with art, and growing up during WW2
Episode #30 - Felix Rommens is 97 years old.  If you are wondering what keeps him young and loving life at The Village of Winston Park in Kitchener, it has to be his art. Erin Davis and guest co-host Doug Reed welcome Felix to the green bench to share in a conversation about his art and about his hearing impairment, which has formed the life is living today. Nearly 50% of people 75+ have trouble with their hearing.   ”Being deaf, I was kind of a loner.  So, in order not to get completely bonkers, I started working with my hands and my mind.” - Felix Rommens Subscribe, rate, and review our podcast on any network and share your thoughts on social media using the #ElderWisdom tag to help others find us.
Nov 23, 2021
28 min
Dr. Rea Brown - McGill University student, professor & athlete, remarkable medical career and surgeon during the Montreal massacre
Episode #29 - Dr. Rea Brown shares his story from the green bench of a career nothing short of remarkable, from growing up with a critically ill brother to finding himself in the world of medicine surrounded by pro athletes and on December 6, 1989 in Montreal saving the lives of several women after the École Polytechnique Tragedy (Montreal Massacre). Dr. Brown joins us from his home at The Village of Humber Heights in Etobicoke. Erin Davis is joined by our guest co-host Doug Reed (Episode # 9) at The Village of Arbour Trails in Guelph while Lloyd takes the rest he needs. Dr. Brown shares the story about his brother‘s illness after having pneumonia - learning about a new antibody that was coming available now that the war coming to an end - Penicillin was the drug spoken of which helped him within a week at the Montreal Western Hospital. ”My first successful surgery was on a cob of corn.” -Dr. Rea Brown
Nov 9, 2021
31 min
Donna Duncan - reimagining long-term care, building community, and combatting ageism
Episode #28 - Erin Davis & Lloyd Hetherington welcome the CEO for the Ontario Long-Term Care Association, Donna Duncan to the green bench.  A passionate conversation about what aged care is, building community, fighting ageism, and reimagining what long-term care can be in the future. Donna first experienced long-term care in the 1980s with her grandmother and then again with her father living with alzheimers in 1999.  She brings a personal view to what it is and what it can be as we look at some of today‘s challenges in front of us: Staffing challenges Older buildings Higher care needs ”We dream of a day that it is okay to go into long-term care, where people aren‘t frightened, families don‘t feel guilty, staff take great pride, and they are physical living environments where people want to be.” -Donna Duncan
Oct 26, 2021
33 min
Sheri Noecker - A story of sudden illness, inspiration after a stroke, and the Program for Active Living
Episode #27 - A sudden stroke caused Sheri Noecker to move into The Village at University Gates long-term care in Waterloo. While not being able to move, she was inspired by her friends and the team at the village to build an exercise plan and work with the Program for Active Living team in her determination to move again as she use to.  Hear this inspiring and motivational story as Sheri sits on the green bench with hosts Erin Davis and Lloyd Hetherington. Sheri shares about her life when she experienced a stroke at the age of 51, the wake-up call that motivated her to get better. Although she is unable to remember all the details of the time she shares as others have told her. Today, she is committed to doing exercise every morning.  Inspired by her nephew who experienced a tragic accident at the age of 18 and worked to be able to walk again. ”You say you are going to be a motivational speaker, but I want to correct you.  You are a motivational speaker now.” -Lloyd Hetherington to Sheri Noecker
Oct 12, 2021
31 min
Korleen Schmidt - the full circle of life, combining love for geography & theology
Episode #26 - Korleen Schmidt loves to talk about the weather and explain it to those who want to know about it. She joins hosts Erin Davis & Lloyd Hetherington on the green bench from The Village at University Gates in Waterloo, a widow, mother of 4, grandmother of 11, talks about the full circle of her life, combining her loves of geography and theology. ”If not for the weather, we‘d have nothing to talk about.” ”In her study of theology she‘s learning and teaching how to go to heaven, and in her study of meteorology she teaches us how the heavens go.” -Lloyd Hetherington Pastor Korleen Schmidt - worked 5 years for the United Church in Hanover as the assistant minister. She grew up in Elmwood, went to a one-room school, and found it to be a great experience.
Sep 28, 2021
29 min
Ross C. Morton - Stories of a one-room schoolhouse, importance of sharing history, and reflections of time in the RCAF
Episode #25 - Taking you back through the 20th century thanks to Ross C. Morton, 96yo who resides at The Village of Arbour Trails in Guelph and is accompanied by his daughter, Mavis Morton.  Stories of a one room school house education, the importance of sharing ones history with family, community and today, on this podcast. Ross has written 3 books and shares about his first book written in 1997: The Life And Times Of A One-Room School, a history of the Conway Public School, South Fredericksburgh Township, Ontario, 1875-1966 along with the his memories of his boyhood in the 1930‘s. ”All through my school years, I was never lower in my class than second.  I didn‘t bother telling them there was never more than 2 in my class all the way through school.” - Ross C. Morton Ross reads about his first day at the one room school in September of 1931. Subscribe, rate, and review our podcast on any network and share your thoughts on social media using the #ElderWisdom tag to help others find us.
Sep 14, 2021
29 min
BONUS | Jamie Schlegel - What is long-term care, an inside look at the Schlegel Villages organization, and the importance of community
Bonus Episode - Erin Davis & Lloyd Hetherington are joined by Jamie Schlegel, President & CEO, on the green bench for a conversation about the Schlegel Villages organization, the differences between public, for-profit, charitable, and municipal long-term care, and the importance of community building. The Schlegel organization started back in the 1950s by Wilfred & Emma Schlegel, spending their lives in service to people.  Making communities more inclusive, healthier, and allow people to be contributors to their community.   ”The Schlegel Villages mission has two fundamental components; creating a caring community with life purpose for each person.” -Jamie Schlegel
Sep 7, 2021
52 min
Betty Anne Millar - A fairytale career in the shopping mall industry, dressing to raise your spirits, and planning for later stages of life
Episode #24 - Hosts Erin Davis & Lloyd Hetherington are joined on the green bench by the sparkling Betty Anne Millar from Burlington, Ontario.  Fashionable in her only pair of jeans, they chat about her fairytale career in the Shopping Mall industry, dressing to raise your spirits, continuous contributions to her community, and planning for her future including getting her name on the list for a suite at The Village of Tansley Woods Retirement, for when she is ready. Betty Anne Never owned a pair of jeans in her life, however, when shopping in Oakville and saw a fabulous pair of jeans with sequins and lace, and a sale, she decided to purchase them. She wore them when her husband was undergoing major surgery as she wanted to be perky and be dressed perky. ”There is so much to be said to be dressing to raise your spirits.” - Erin Davis ”When you dress well, you feel good.” - Betty Anne Millar
Aug 31, 2021
30 min
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