#ElderWisdom | Stories from the Green Bench
#ElderWisdom | Stories from the Green Bench
Schlegel Villages
Erin Davis hosts the Stories from the Green Bench podcast, a virtual place to share, learn, grow, laugh and more in conversations with her co-host and a variety of guests. 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. ”The greatest untapped resource in Canada, if not the world, is the collective wisdom of our elders.” -Ron Schlegel Your seat on the green bench is ready and waiting.
Joyce Stankiewicz on caring for a loved one with dementia and the buddy system at University Gates
Episode #39 - Formerly of New Hamburg now living at The Village at University Gates in Waterloo.  Doug & Erin welcome to the green bench, Joyce Stankiewicz, as they chat about the buddy system, caring for a loved one with dementia, and the importance of forgiveness, humour, and memories. 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. 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. ”The greatest untapped resource in Canada, if not the world, is the collective wisdom of our elders.” -Ron Schlegel This podcast is brought to you by Schlegel Villages, retirement & long-term care homes in Ontario, Canada. #ElderWisdom | Stories from the Green Bench is produced by Memory Tree Productions Learn more about our host, Erin Davis, at erindavis.com Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca
Jun 14
31 min
Recipes, memories, pasta and the past with Anna Piccoli & daughter Franca
Episode #38 - Erin Davis & Doug Robinson sit on the virtual green bench with Anna Piccoli and daughter Franca Smith to continue the conversation on our theme of connection, family, and service. Anna lives with her husband of 62 years, Aldo, and her sister Josephine at The Village of Glendale Crossing in London, Ontario. ”I love everybody, especially my children and my grandchildren ...  and nobody smokes.” -Anna Piccoli Anna left Italy to live with her sister Josephine in Canada.  While writing back and forth with Aldo for a year, she convinced him to come over to Canada and got married. Why Canada?  Tony and Josephine moved to London, Ontario as there were lots of job opportunities.  As more family arrived in Canada, the whole family stayed close in the same neighbourhood. “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city” - George Burns Grazie 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.
May 3
29 min
100 Years of Wisdom with Aunt Reta
Episode #37 - Reta Baechler is the first centenarian guest to join Erin Davis and Doug Robinson on the green bench-as she shares her many years of wisdom and wit with us.  Aunt Reta as we know her is the Aunt to Ron Schlegel who you heard from in episode 7. A Prestigious Club: The number of centenarians in Canada rose to 12, 822 as of July 1st, 2021. Aunt Reta is the sister to Wilfred Schlegel who is the father of Ron Schlegel.  Five siblings with 3 older brothers and one younger brother and one younger sister, grew up on the farm outside Tavistock, Ontario.   ”Every Saturday morning we had to trim the wicks to make sure they would burn evenly.” - Reta Baechler A large German presence in Southwestern Ontario - Aunt Reta talks about growing together as a community, speaking Pennsylvanian German and learning English.  Growing to know each other. ”I felt so good being at home and having my neighbours around me so there was never a barrier.  We were all like one people.” - Reta Baechler Reta shares stories of her family connections with her father Wilfred and with her Grandmother. Jump rope:  Aunt Reta loved skipping when she was young. Her brothers made her jump ropes, and she fondly remembers receiving her very first store bought skipping rope. It had wooden handles, and she would skip her way to the barn to do chores, and then all the way home again.  What was the invention that made your life easier?  Reta shares about the light switch being a fantastic invention with electricity.  ”I remember when we turned on the light tap for the first time. This is so incredible, all we have to do it push a button and the light will come on.” - Reta Baechler A tradition of always having an extra plate set at the dinner table for a guest to join.  Reta remembers a plaque over the table that read “Christ is the head of this home, the unseen guest at every meal, the silent listener to every conversation.” Very important to her, and can picture it to this day. She says it is so important to have faith.  “Well, I woke up again in the same bed I went to sleep in last night. There must still be a plan and a purpose for me today.”  - Reta Baechler “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift- that’s why we call it the present.” – Alice Morse Earle 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.
Apr 19
35 min
Meaningful relationships and growth in spirituality with Jack Paleczny
Episode #36 - A conversation that is raw in its emotions, very honest and open with Jack Paleczny of The Village at University Gates in Waterloo. A beautiful example of the connection among us all as he shares his story from the Green Bench. Jack lives at The Village with and cares for his wife Diana Lynn who lives with both dementia and Parkinson’s disease. He lives a life of service first as a leader to his community, serving God, serving the people around him, and today, serving up a whole lot of wisdom and perspective. The 12s in Jack’s life: 12 Years of Education 12 Years of Graduate Studies 12 Years as a Priest 12 Years as a Hospital Chaplain 12 Years as a Pastor of the United Church His sister is a nun who just returned back from 12 years in Africa. Learn about the decision Jack made to leave the priesthood and how his mother stood up for him among his 8 siblings. ”The big part of chaplaincy training is that although you are grounded in your own faith, you are able to walk with others in their faith.” -Jack Paleczny ”Chaplaincy is a beautiful experience.” -Jack Paleczny ”Our higher power is GOOD.” - Erin Davis ”The meaning/value of life is the very goodness of people and the desire of people to do good.” -Jack Paleczny When Jack first got to The Village at University Gates, everybody he met he would ask them their name.  ”It was important to greet people by name and to hear their stories at The Village at University Gates.” Jack shares his tips to being an effective listener. ”If you can stay with the person and ask a question that unfolds their story a little bit more. They feel a connection, a bond, and trust in sharing their story.” -Jack Paleczny How do you remember people’s names? 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. 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. ”The greatest untapped resource in Canada, if not the world, is the collective wisdom of our elders.” -Ron Schlegel This podcast is brought to you by Schlegel Villages, retirement & long-term care homes in Ontario, Canada. #ElderWisdom | Stories from the Green Bench is produced by Memory Tree Productions Learn more about our host, Erin Davis, at erindavis.com Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca
Apr 5
32 min
”Who are you, anyway?” with The Right Honourable David Johnston
Episode #35 - An enjoyable conversation about family connectivity, stories from his role as Governor-General, being a grandparent, hockey, and growing up in Northern Ontario. Erin Davis & Doug Robinson are honoured to be joined by The Right Honourable David Johnston, 28th Governor-General of Canada and Chair of the Rideau Hall Foundation on the green bench.  ”Who are you anyway?” In a story from Repulse Bay, during a Terry Fox Run, about a young Inuit lad who approached David with this question. ”The question, ’Who am I?’ Permits you to see yourself through the eyes of others.” -The Right Honourable David Johnston Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Davis shares stories about playing hockey with the Esposito Brothers and the aspiration of being a professional hockey player. ”In Northern Ontario, you learn to skate before you walk.” -David Johnston ”All the important things in life I’ve learned from my children and now my grandchildren.” -David Johnston Hear how David & Sharon received the names: Grandpa Book & Grannie Sunrise In the USA, citizens are paid to give blood and charged to receive blood.  A great story in Canada, that Canadians give just to look after their neighbours without needing to know where it is going. ”I’ve changed dramatically 5 times, all to the credit of my daughters.” - David Johnston The Rideau Hall Foundation is an independent and non-political charitable organization established to mobilize ideas, people, and resources across the country to tap into our national spirit and help realize our shared aspirations. The RHF works closely with the Office of the Governor General and our many partners to connect, honour, and inspire Canadians. Donations can be made to: https://rhf-frh.ca/donate/ 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. 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. ”The greatest untapped resource in Canada, if not the world, is the collective wisdom of our elders.” -Ron Schlegel This podcast is brought to you by Schlegel Villages, retirement & long-term care homes in Ontario, Canada.
Mar 22
41 min
A part of our Family - Pam Wiebe’s story of changing careers and family culture at Schlegel Village
Episode #34 - The seeds for Pam Wiebe’s work in nursing and quality improvement in long-term care were planted at her grandfather’s feet.  She shares her story of changing careers, the joy of being a great-grandparent, and the feeling of family as a team member at Schlegel Villages.  ”I try not to think about getting old and I certainly don’t think old.” - Pam Wiebe Formerly an accountant, at the age of 46 changed lanes to focus on nursing.  This came from a tragic situation with her mom passing away.  She made the decision, worked and studied hard, and became a nurse in 1999. Pam supports 10 of the Schlegel Villages as a Quality Improvement Specialist.  In her role, she supports the variety of programs to meet the ministry’s regulations. How do we mitigate risk and still honour resident choice giving residents a quality of life they deserve? A message to those looking at a career in long-term care, ”Be brave to take that step to work in long-term care and don’t give in to ridicule.” - Pam Wiebe ”It’s never too late to find your passion” - Erin Davis Pope Francis was a bouncer and janitor for a nightclub Julia Child didn’t write her first cook book until she was 50 Grandma Moses started her painting career at 78 ”It’s never too late to re-write your ending.” - Erin Davis Working or living in a Schlegel Village is being part of a family. Bill, Pam’s husband also feels as part of the Schlegel Family and she talks about the connections that are made within the organization. Schlegel Villages Team Member Aspiration CULTIVATE THE ULTIMATE TEAM MEMBER EXPERIENCE At Schlegel Villages, we have an amazing culture that stellar team members want to be a part of. We care about our team members as much as we care about our residents. As one family, we learn, grow, and move forward together. We are passionate and find fulfillment in making a difference in people’s lives. Our caring community honours and encourages well-being, and team members are appreciated in personally meaningful ways. Through mentorship, ongoing support, and education we are empowered to go beyond the status quo, and unleash our full potential. “You can be you while being a part of our family.” ------------------- ”The greatest untapped resource in Canada, if not the world, is the collective wisdom of our elders.” -Ron Schlegel This podcast is brought to you by Schlegel Villages, retirement & long-term care homes in Ontario, Canada.
Mar 8
29 min
Corrine Richard on meeting the Dionne Quintuplets, working the carnival and family relations
Episode #33 - Corrine Richard shares her stories from the green bench with Erin Davis & co-host Doug Robinson from her home at Coleman Care Centre in Barrie.  We hear of growing up in the Callandar, Ontario, meeting the Dionne Quintuplets at the age of nine, and stories of family relations and working the summer carnival in Wasaga Beach. ”It was a crazy proposal, and it was right up my alley.” - Corrine Richard In Wasaga Beach at the age of 20 was quite happy working with the carnival and tried traveling with them as well all while raising her son, Chris.  Corrine met her future husband, Leo, during her first summer at the carnival.   ”I’ve been married 62 years, and did 4 years of courting at the carnival every year.  Strolling around the carnival holding hands.” -Doug Robinson ”Just do your own thing and keep yourself safe.” - Corrine Richard Co-host Doug Robinson is a resident of The Village of Sandalwood Park long-term care in Brampton.  Doug was our first guest on the podcast in October 2020 (Listen Here) 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. ”The greatest untapped resource in Canada, if not the world, is the collective wisdom of our elders.” -Ron Schlegel This podcast is brought to you by Schlegel Villages, retirement & long-term care homes in Ontario, Canada.
Feb 22
30 min
Trailer - #ElderWisdom
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. ”The greatest untapped resource in Canada, if not the world, is the collective wisdom of our elders.” -Ron Schlegel 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. #ElderWisdom is brought to you by Schlegel Villages, retirement & long-term care homes in Ontario, Canada.
Jan 18
1 min
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
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