#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.
”If I can’t eat it, or read it, I don’t need it!” with Harold Quinn
Episode #50 - Harold Quinn, a resident at The Village of Arbour Trails in Guelph, joins Erin Davis & Doug Robinson to share his story from the Green Bench.  As a person who loves to bring people together, we chat about the importance of community, wisdom, and sharing of stories. “I lived 64 years without a computer, now I can’t live without one” - Harold Quinn Book and Author recommendations given in this conversation on the green bench as all three enjoy reading.  We would love to hear your recommendations, and encourage you to share with us on social media using the #ElderWisdom tag. The recreation department at The Village of Arbour Trails does a phenomenal job, there is almost no day in the week where something isn’t happening.  ”There are two types of residents: those who wait to be entertained, and those who make their own entertainment and make things happen.”  Noticing there was a vacancy on Saturday evening, he began the Saturday Night Comedy Hour featuring Carol Burnett, Bob Hope, Red Skelton, Wayne & Shuster, Dean Martin Roasts and more. ”Life without laughs is not life.” - Harold Quinn 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
Dec 13, 2022
35 min
Dr. Jane Kuepfer on how spirituality in LTC & Retirement homes can build community
Episode #49 - Spirituality & Aging in Long-Term Care & Retirement homes can build connection and community.  Erin Davis & Doug Robinson welcome Dr. Jane Kuepfer, PhD, MDiv, RP to the green bench to share about her role as the Schlegel Specialist in Spirituality and Aging, her hopes for the future, how spirituality is embraced and supported in all homes, and why. What is the difference between spiritual and religious? ”Spirituality is the capacity that we all have for experiencing meaning and connection in life.” - Dr. Jane Kuepfer We have come to miss the connection in our communities over the pandemic.  It is important to find that sense of belonging, the feeling of home. Jane is the Spiritual Life Facilitator at The Village at University Gates in Waterloo.  She shares about her role and what qualities someone who may be interested in joining a team at a long-term care or retirement setting. ”I’d love to see what’s happening in our home as we give permission to talk about mortality and to imagine.” - Jane Kuepfer Dr. Jane Kuepfer is the Schlegel Specialist in Spirituality and Aging with the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging. Join Jane at the 10th International Conference on Aging and Spirituality in June 2023: https://uwaterloo.ca/ageing-spirituality/ ”Sometimes spirituality can be the word tacked onto the end of the list of the ways we want to care for people.” - Jane Kuepfer ”There is such strength in vulnerability, in opening yourself up and telling your story.” -Erin Davis 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
Nov 29, 2022
31 min
Benefits of #ElderWisdom and the Role of a DLO with Branka Matijevic
Episode #48 - Learn about what the Director of Lifestyle Options role is within the Retirement sections at Schlegel Villages as Erin Davis & Doug Robinson welcome Branka Matijevic to the Green Bench.  Branka is a relationship-builder, and community-builder, proud to support green bench conversations, and a fantastic DLO at The Village of Wentworth Heights in Hamilton. Helping seniors and their families not only to choose the right living environment but to help new residents find community, trust, friendship, and a real sense of belonging. ”No matter what age, there is always a chance for love to bloom.” - Erin Davis ”It has changed my life completely being able to sit on the green bench and meet so many interesting people.” - Doug Robinson ”Older adults have so much that we can learn from. It’s great to watch the community gather this power and knowledge from the residents on the green bench.” -Branka Matijevic ”We’re turning things around.  We are having younger people take the time to sit down and to learn from elders on the green bench.” - Branka Matijevi ”What I’ve seen to be most important is the relationships not just amongst residents, but with team members and residents.  We’ve become one big family.” -Branka Matijevic ”What the elders see while sitting the young ones standing on their toes won’t see.” - African Proverb 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
Nov 15, 2022
34 min
Raising a musical family and quirky gardening with Angela Willis
Episode #47 - A woman who always has a song in her heart surrounded by music her whole life, Angela Willis joins Erin Davis and Doug Robinson from The Village of Taunton Mills in Whitby.  Stories shared about quirky gardening, art, baking, and raising a musical family - with a special tribute from granddaughter and singer, Cadence Grace. Erin shares a quote from Terry Tempest Williams, “Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated.” Angela and Doug share quirky items that were added to their gardens including a bin for goldfish, a BBQ, a cement mixer, a carousel and more.   ”I just planted the flowers in strange things because I liked the look of them.” - Angela Willis Why wouldn’t a neighbour take his shoes off?  ”Because he was afraid I would plant flowers in them.” Angela has fulfillment in growing her family tree.  Growing up with music has been such a joy. A special message to Angela from granddaughter, Cadence Grace, in thanks for the music. Music feature: Don’t by Cadence Grace More about Cadence Grace and her music at cadencegrace.com 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
Nov 1, 2022
29 min
BONUS | Resident Voices in Long-Term Care with OARC’s Melissa McVie & Devora Greenspon
Bonus Episode - Erin Davis and Doug Robinson are joined in this special episode with the Ontario Association of Residents’ Councils, Melissa McVie, Director of Education and Communications, and Devora Greenspon, LTC Resident and REAL Group Co-Chair. ”Residents’ Councils welcome an open dialogue with the leadership team in their long-term care home.” - Melissa McVie ”I did not go into long-term care to die, but to live.  To have a fruitful, happy, quality of life.” - Devora Greenspon Learn more about OARC and access their newsletter, Season’s Magazine: https://www.ontarc.com/ 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
Oct 25, 2022
32 min
Critical thinking, long-distance relationships and reading with Evelyn Brindle
Episode #46 - Evelyn Brindle lives at The Village of Erin Meadows in Mississauga with her husband David.  A conversation about critical thinking, long-distance relationships, and unexpected travel with Erin Davis & Doug Robinson on the Green Bench. ”If you just stop and talk with somebody. Everybody’s got a story.  You don’t have to have a movie of the week or a book made about you.” - Erin Davis The Village has a library that is well used.  The continuous increase of books that are brought in and mixed around. Evelyn always snuck a book into her grandchildren’s stockings at Christmas to encourage reading. What are your book recommendations? ”It’s so important to have the ability to read and to enjoy what you are reading.” - Evelyn Brindle 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
Oct 18, 2022
33 min
Public Speaking and Being a Grandma with Shirley Arthur
Episode #45 - A pleasure to have Shirley Arthur from The Village of Tansley Woods Long Term Care in Burlington join Erin & Doug on the Green Bench to share her #ElderWisdom about public speaking, being in the Salvation Army, and the role of a grandmother. ”You can’t beat love.” - Doug Robinson Shirley shares about being a hands-on grandma to 5 grandchildren. 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
Oct 4, 2022
29 min
Bucket Lists, Family Trees and Moving to Glendale Crossing with Ivan Siriani
Episode #44 - A lot of road to cover with 92-year-old, Ivan Siriani, from his love of travel and bucket list plans, family trees, and a chaplain chat that brought some peace to his heart.  Ivan is joined on the #ElderWisdom bench for a conversation with hosts Erin Davis & Doug Robinson. What is on your bucket list? ”My bucket list included a train trip across Canada, Toronto to Vancouver.  I went with my son and it was the most wonderful holiday I’ve ever had.” - Doug Robinson Ivan’s bucket list includes a trip to Newfoundland with his daughter.  She has always wanted to see icebergs. He also would like to go to visit relatives in British Columbia and Calgary. Before Ivan’s wife moved into long-term care, they enjoyed drives all over in the States and Canada, including a lot of the east coast. Not a resident yet, but when the new Retirement phase opens at The Village of Glendale Crossing in 2023, Ivan will move in.  He has his suite picked out, a two bedroom complex.  Family has done cut outs of furniture and created the full layout. Wife Marjorie lives in long-term care at Glendale Crossing.  Ivan looks forward to being in the same building and being able to see her more often.   ”Everybody’s journey with dementia is so different and we’ve had the honour of people sharing their stories with us.” - Erin Davis Learn more about The Village of Glendale Crossing and it’s opening in 2023 contact Carole Metron at 519-668-5600 or visit schlegelvillages.com/glendale-crossing-london 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.
Aug 23, 2022
31 min
Dr. Bob Bell - Expert on healthcare for an aging population and prolific author of fiction
Episode #43 - Author of medical-based thriller fiction, an expert on healthcare for an aging population, and former deputy minister of health in long-term care in Ontario, Dr. Bob Bell shares his Story from the Green Bench with Erin Davis and Doug Robinson. Bob’s hero is Terry Fox, who suffered osteogenic sarcoma. Terry’s example inspired Bob to pursue a career in orthopedic oncology (bone cancer). Fun Fact: Terry & Bob share the same birthday July 28. Get involved in your local Terry Fox Run and programs: https://terryfox.org/ Author of medical based thriller fiction 1. Hip: A Novel About the benefits and risks of medical innovations, when a brilliant but unscrupulous scientist uncovers a breakthrough in hip replacement by coating it in a special substance.  2. New Doc in Maple Ridge The doctor is injured and returns to America from Afghanistan and has to start over. He chooses Maple Ridge Arkansas, to start a practice. All proceeds from these books support medical research at University Health Network and at Princess Margaret hospital.    Books are available at https://drbobbell.com/ ”Schlegel Villages, where the most up to date standards in long-term care and retirement living are observed.” - Dr. Bob Bell ”We can be proud of the way our health system responded to the pandemic.” - Dr. Bob Bell 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.
Aug 9, 2022
30 min
Virginia Barry on swimming, canoeing, and being a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi
Episode #42 - Deep diving into some fascinating waters with Virginia Barry to talk about sorority and sisterhood, the importance of safety on the water, and her competitive spirit.  From The Village of Wentworth Heights in Hamilton, our first debutante on the green bench and a life-long member of a worldwide sorority, Beta Sigma Phi. ”I’ve had a lot of wise seniors in my life, and it continues. How blessed I am.” - Erin Davis 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.
Jul 26, 2022
35 min
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