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#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.

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18-01-2022
1 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 What is your favourite Italian dish to cook/eat? Anna's answer - Lasagna. She continues to cook at The Village of Glendale Crossing with the recreation team. Il pane apre tutte le bocche Bread opens all mouths. If you want to get to know someone, invite them to eat with you. Good food can bring good conversation. Everyone gives Anna yarn so that she can crochet items for them. Franca shares about the Art Show: Home and Away, asking local artists to share their art about where they came from and what brought them to Canada asking the question which felt like home and which felt like away. Interested in getting a book?  Reach out to elderwisdom@Schlegelvillages.com and we will connect you with Franca. "Family comes first. Everything revolves around family, and food."  -Franca Smith "When you learn about where your family came from and what they have been through to get us to where we are.  It is quite amazing." -Franca Smith Anna shares scary memories from being 14 years old and living through the war. Her uncle understanding the German language supported them to be able to get away as they jumped home to home to survive. 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. ----more---- 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
03-05-2022
29 mins
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. ----more---- 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
19-04-2022
35 mins
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. ----more---- 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
05-04-2022
32 mins
”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. Doug asks, are you a Toronto Maple Leafs or Ottawa Senators suppoter? Answer, "Any Canadian team in the finals." "In Northern Ontario, you learn to skate before you walk." -David Johnston Married to Sharon in 1964, although more years together as David was her first date in high school when she was 13.  Coming up to their 60th anniversary, they plan to gather the 5 daughters and 14 grandchildren to celebrate as a family. Honourary Doctorates for more than 25 Universities and learning institutions, law degrees from Cambridge and Queens University, Officer of the Order of Canada and promoted to Companion (the orders highest level).   Learn about the importance of family connections and human connectivity, something David Johnston & Ron Schlegel have discussed on the #ElderWisdom bench. (Video) "If the day was a little difficult, you come home, join your family and say all is well." -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 What names do you have for your grandparents or how do your grandchildren call you?  Share with us on social media using the #ElderWisdom tag. 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 Erin & Doug have been fined for how they addressed David on this episode and invited to donate to the Rideau Hall Foundation.  Hear more about the work of the foundation and some of the initiatives to create a smarter more caring country. Partnership with Mastercard Foundation to fund 10,000 Indigenous young people to become teachersGovernor General's Innovation AwardsThe Queen Elizabeth ScholarsMichener Awards to celebrate finalists for public media and journalismRoméo LeBlanc - Caring Canadian Awards for Volunteerism/Sovereign's Medal of Volunteerism 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. ----more---- 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
22-03-2022
41 mins
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.  "There's nothing like being a grandparent" - Doug Robinson "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? Prior to nursing at Schlegel Villages she worked with Toronto Rehab and talks about a Preceptorship program she was involved in: ASK ME (Attributes Skills & Knowledge for Maximizing Excellence) Hear about Pam's early influences that pointed her down this path as she shares memories of her grandfather and the #ElderWisdom he and his friends offered her as a young girl. 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 strong 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.” Learn more about joining our team 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. ----more---- 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 Episode Published on International Women's Day #IWD2022
08-03-2022
29 mins
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 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. ----more---- 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
22-02-2022
30 mins
Trailer - #ElderWisdomReflections, 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. ----more---- 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 co-host, Lloyd Hetherington  Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca
21-12-2021
35 mins
Rita Munro - How does your garden grow? Gardening, Nursing, and Journalism
Episode #31 - 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." "Don't be intimidated by gardening because it not really a difficult thing at all." -Rita Munro Rita worked in the operating room all of her career, in a high energy tense state all the time.  Coming home to her garden, her own little paradise to enjoy and let the tense or emotional feelings fade away. "Anyone can benefit from time outside; a green pleasant smelling outdoor spot brings solace." -Rita Munro From Medium.com: Those who garden regularly have the most benefits from the sensory experience - Exercise - Stress reduction - Decreased risk of dementia - Good dose of sunshine - pulling weeds can burn upto 400 calories an hour - critical thought which keeps you sharp Featured Poem read by Lloyd Hetherington: God's Garden by Dorothy Gurney Rita shares about her career as a nurse and how it began in Kingston and enjoyed every moment throughout her life. About her career as a nurse in the operating room, "everything that you are doing is helping someone, there's terrific team spirit, and clear organization." -Rita Munro "So disappointing that people would use the locations of hospitals to protest trying to undermind this group of people that we need more than ever." -Rita Munro On journalism, Rita has written a memoire: A snapshot of life in the depression A story of growing up in the Ottawa valley to share with family #ElderWisdom "Patience is so important to going through life." -Rita Munro "If you can divert your concern into something positive, reaching outside of yourself whenever possible." -Rita Munro   Is there a group you belong to?  (Coffee group, Discussion group) "People don't retire from gardening, they retire to do gardening." - 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. ----more---- 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 co-host, Lloyd Hetherington  Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca
07-12-2021
30 mins
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 Felix was working in Belgium at the highest he was able to go in office work (hating office work), so he decided to move the whole family to Canada at the age of 41.  A visit to the employment office on the day he landed and went directly into the building process, building homes, working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week.  On the 7th day, he would do work at his own home. When he retired at 71, he looked forward to the arts and crafts that he enjoyed.  "The whole idea about my art is to keep something for tomorrow, so you keep going." - Felix Rommens "I have only one life and I want to live it to the end." - Felix Rommens finds projects he looks forwards to with art and continues to use his hands as he did when he was 20. Felix has the use of a woodshop at the Village to keep active in his art but also works in his suite, finding a way to continue working on projects. "Keep on the positive side, think of all the good things that have happened to you." - Felix Rommens Felix was captured by the Nazis during World War II, made to work in factories, awaiting liberation after 2 years in Germany, and then ran at the age of 18 on foot to make it home.  His father was an officer in the Belgian army, shot at 40, and Felix as a child had to take care of him for the next 15 years due to his injuries. "There are always two sides on a coin - I only took the good ones." - 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. ----more---- 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 co-host, Lloyd Hetherington  Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca
23-11-2021
28 mins
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). He 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 His education in a one-room school shared stories that encouraged him to read.  What is one book that you remember reading while growing up?  1954 - Dr. Brown was accepted into McGill University with the goals of getting a degree and playing football.   Drafted by the Tiger-Cats in 1957, but didn't want to play professional football, and decided he wanted to be a doctor.  1958, joined the faculty of medicine students and continued to play football winning the 1960 Churchill Champions.  Graduate in 1962 and applied to a training program for surgery and segued into sports medicine and many accolades and awards. December 6, 1989 - the day of the massacre at École Polytechnique in Montreal, Dr. Rea Brown was present and available to support as the women came in for care.  In 1991, the Parliament of Canada declared 6 December to be a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. It is also known as White Ribbon Day. Doctor for the Montreal Alouettes and shares a couple of stories along with one he recalls with the quarterback, Turner Gill. Erin Davis asks, 'who was your favourite patient?' Dr. Brown names John Beliveau (Montreal Canadiens from 1950 to 1971) as his favourite patient - hear why at the 24-minute mark Advice to listeners to have hope: "I HOPE it is going to be better tomorrow." -Dr. Rea Brown Dr. Brown reflects on funding a residents space on the 18th floor of the Montreal General Hospital called 'The Brown Room'   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. ----more---- 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 co-host, Lloyd Hetherington  Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca
09-11-2021
31 mins
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, combatting 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 challengesOlder buildingsHigher 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 "Let's reimagine it (long-term care), let's rebuild it and rethink it with residents, families and staff. Anything is possible, especially if we work together." -Donna Duncan What is a home with dignity and what is a care environment? The pandemic has brought Mental Illness and Long-term Care to the forefront, two topics that Donna has a passion to work with. "Aging is visible and I think it's time we take pride in the aging process and that we don't isolate people as we age." -Donna Duncan "Honesty, integrity, genuine interest in people - we've got to bring these to the forefront and take the lead in sharing these concepts." -Lloyd Hetherington "There has to be so much more WE in this and less compartmentalizing in the whole demographic picture." -Erin Davis What does a community model look like for long-term care? "You are never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream." -C.S. Lewis   Have a listen to this podcast by OLTCA Coming of Age: Meeting the needs of our ageing population   The pandemic was driving many stories of darkness coming out of long-term care, rather than focussing on the people and their stories. The podcast anchors us in hope and broadens the conversation of what aged care is and what it can be.  Conversations with like minded individuals to build a movement. "Fear of dying is human, but fear of aging is cultural." -Ashton Applewhite "We are in it together. We have a message to get out and the more voices we can find, the better is 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. ----more---- 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 co-host, Lloyd Hetherington  Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca
26-10-2021
33 mins
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 Sharing supports  she receives from participating in Chair Exercises with Caroline Jordon & Paul Eugene on YouTube The goal of the Michael T. Sharratt Program for Active Living (PAL) is to improve our residents' life quality and maximize independence through individualized exercise programming and a more active lifestyle. Learn more.  Sheri is one of many who receives the support from Kinesiologists, exercise therapists, physiotherapists and more. "The Program for Active Living team has helped me in so many different ways.  Coming to the Village as a full hoyer lift and after two years, I am able to stand without supports." -Sheri Noecker "I did not really care about myself before. Learning what happened to me, I am now fighting for everything I am doing. I am not a person that gives up on anything, and not giving up on myself either." -Sheri Noecker One day, when Sheri is recovered, she plans to go out to be a motivational speaker and supporter.  She would also like to become a PSW and return back to University Gates to work with the team.  Focusing her life on helping others. A stroke is a medical emergency. Learn more from Heart & Stroke Canada. F - Face, is it drooping? A - Arms, can you raise both? S - Speech, is it slurred or jumbled? T - Time, to call 9-1-1 right away? "Blood, sweat and respect.  First two you give, last one you earn." - Dwayne Johnson 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. ----more---- 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 co-host, Lloyd Hetherington  Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca
12-10-2021
31 mins
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 An elementary school teacher in TorontoA degree from Western in GeographyA teaching degree and a masters in theological studiesand so much more 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.   "Sometimes we listened and sometimes we didn't, you know how that goes with kids." -Korleen Schmidt A decision to move in with (and be adopted by) her aunt & uncle after her parents divorced and she attended the Brantford Collegiate Institute. "I was always open to opportunities.  It could not have been better in every way."  "It's quite an eye opener to be able to look at the vegetation to absorb what's going on.  The snakes, the toads, the fish that we became familiar with in the forest." -Korleen Schmidt What are words of advice your parents gave you when heading out to play? What fascinates you about the weather?  "Changes, constant changes."   "Our weathermen do a fantastic job giving us a good picture of what's expected in the day.  Going into detail that a lot of us just sort of gloss over." -Korleen Schmidt We've been around the world, visiting close to 50 countries.   "Doesn't travel broaden your horizons and your understanding of your fellow human in so many ways." -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. ----more---- 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 co-host, Lloyd Hetherington  Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca
28-09-2021
29 mins
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. Ross, at the age of 17, joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, shares about this time of his life and during the second world war.  He reflects on traveling to Ottawa for his assignment and walking into the Chateau Laurier.  Book #1 - The Life And Times Of A One-Room School (1997) Book #2 - Tales From The Townships (2014) Book #3 - That Reminds Me (2017) Visit rossmorton.ca to learn more. Ross' Daughter, Mavis, joins to share her gratitude for the history being shared through these books.   She shares about a message Lloyd says in episode 19, "precious memories get lost in the dust of time if we are not careful."  "It's so important for Ross to have captured how different his life is and has changed over the years." - Mavis Morton Writing these books was a way to spark memories, spend time, and engage with his wife, who was living with Alzheimers.  A mutual benefit providing purpose and enjoying time together. Interesting to think that Ross was only 10 years old when getting electricity and today is participating in this podcast to capture and share his stories. Here's to the storytellers! 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. ----more---- 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 co-host, Lloyd Hetherington  Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca
14-09-2021
29 mins
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 The heart of our mission is to build healthy dynamic communities where everyone feels a part of. "Let's focus on the 10% that isn't going as well as it should and certainly get better at that, but let's also not forget about the 90% that is going well, that we should be acknowledging, building on, and getting even better as a result." -Jamie Schlegel What is the difference between a long-term care home and a retirement home? The for-profit vs not-for-profit conversation has been getting lots of attention lately. Private/for-profitNot-for-profitCharitableMunicipalities "Let's just focus on doing the absolute best job we can and that's the best way to influence the system." "The distinctions between private, not-for-profit, charitable, and municipal operators is largely a red herring.  We are talking about distinctions that don't really matter in the end. What matters is the quality of care and the quality of life that is provided within each of these organizations." -Jamie Schlegel "Our team members deserve the credit for making our Villages a success and for bringing our mission to life." -Jamie 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. ----more---- 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 co-host, Lloyd Hetherington  Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca
07-09-2021
52 mins
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 Betty Anne describes her work as a fairytale career and loved every second in the shopping mall industry. She began as the secretary at the Burlington Mall when it opened in 1968, moved into the role as assistant manager in 1973, was promoted to general manager in 1975, and then to regional manager. She continued to be a mentor to many, training marketing and management prospects. "Get the job done. Plunge in, do it with enthusiasm and conviction." -Lloyd Hetherington "If a woman is intelligent, if she is proficient in her job, if she communicates effectively, if she conducts herself professionally, and if she has the energy and the determination to do the job well that it would be recognized by her associates." - Betty Anne Millar Betty Anne's 4D motto: Dedicated, Determination, Diplomacy & Discipline Continuing to contribute to her community; Bible study course, involved in her church with readings, prayers, visiting the hospital, VP/President of PROBUS Canada, social sponsor of Beta Sigma Phi and so much more including her commitment to the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation in raising funds, a member of the board, and community chairman. A year of writing eulogies pushed Betty Anne to attend conferences about the afterlife, meeting the most brilliant minds in the world, listening to speakers including Dr. Edward Close.  "I have been so incredibly blessed. I have attended 13 conferences dealing with the afterlife. I have met the most brilliant minds in the world." -Betty Anne Millar Betty focusses on planning for her life - in 2013 when The Village of Tansley Woods Retirement opened, she was sure to put her name down for when she needed a place. "The best insurance policy she could have." "It's just such a piece-of-mind to know, that if I needed a place to go, that I already have it organized to move to The Village of Tansley Woods." -Betty Anne Millar If you were to sit on the #ElderWisdom bench with anyone, who would you choose to join for a conversation? 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. ----more---- 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 co-host, Lloyd Hetherington  Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca
31-08-2021
30 mins
Annie Whittle - connection to Harry Styles through a passion for knitting, keeping busy, and how to eat a pomegranate
Episode #23 - Joining Erin Davis & Lloyd Hetherington on the green bench is Annie Whittle from The Village of Wentworth Heights in Hamilton. Her story includes a surprising connection with Harry Styles through her passion for Knitting, never allowing boredom to seep in, how to eat a pomegranate along with stories from her childhood. Erin & Lloyd get you hooked to this episode with some puns as they welcome Annie to the bench. Do you have any knitting puns to share? Knitting has been found to contribute to the quality of life Knitting since the age of 4, now at 95 making Harry Styles sweaters for her grandchildren.  Handknitting pieces for department stories, hats, baby sets, bonnets, etc. Read the article about Annie knitting Harry Styles' sweater in The Hamiton Spectator "Just keep busy, whatever you do. Enjoy life." -Annie Whittle Annie moved to Canada in 1946 from England with her husband.  Met him while reboring an engine, full of grease and overalls; a bit of a mess.  She has the gift of making people feel special.  Annie is an unofficial ambassador welcoming new residents into The Village of Wentworth Heights.  "Enjoy things, meet people, and participate." -Annie Whittle "I haven't played canasta since the 40s. Now I love it and we play twice a week." -Annie Whittle “The future lies before you, like a field of fallen snow; Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show.” - Doris A. Wright (shared with Annie and her siblings by her mother) "I'd like a 36 hour day and 10 days a week." -Annie Whittle Daily Mail Survey - What contributes to longevity? 1. Being stubborn 2. Keeping busy 3. Positive attitude "Keep ahead of the grim reaper, keep moving, keep busy." -Annie Whittle "The perfect metaphor for what we are doing with the green bench.  You don't want people to feel lonely, you don't want them to feel like strangers. So come and sit here." -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. ----more---- 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 co-host, Lloyd Hetherington  Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca
17-08-2021
28 mins
Brendan Rossiter - Dublin to Canada, wisdom about work, kicking habits and being resourceful
Episode #22 - Brendan Rossiter chose Canada to move to 52 years ago. He joins us from The Village of Erin Meadows long-term care in Mississauga to share a lifetime of wisdom about work, kicking habits, and being resourceful. Born in Ireland, Brendan is a natural storyteller, a perfect fit as Erin Davis & Lloyd Hetherington welcome him to the green bench. "Born in a great country, now living in a great country."  Brendan had his own business as a sewing machine mechanic.  He sold, rented, and fixed high-end sewing machines.  Often supplying the movie business including Goodwill Hunting.  "I smoked 50 cigarettes a day." Realizing that smoking was the cause of his shortness of breath, he made the decision to quit and hasn't smoked for 43 years.  Do you remember how much a pack of cigarettes was in 1978? Brendan was the youngest of 6 boys and has one younger sister.  He talks about what he would change in his life if he was 21 today. Sharing about going into the trades and having apprenticeships. "You have to use your head." -Brendan Rossiter Saving a portion of your income is a great tool to support your future. "Take a look at your finances and control them, don't let them control you." -Lloyd Hetherington A conversation about living at Erin Meadows and Lloyd at Riverside Glen. "I like being treated like the president rather than the resident." -Lloyd Hetherington "There is nothing that comes near this place, the food is excellent, the staff go out of their way." -Brendan Rossiter "If you have spare time, you must remember that there is always something that you can find to do." -Brendan Rossiter "The thing about Ireland, we laugh at ourselves and not get upset." "There's 50% off the Irish that don't drink, the other 50% make up for it."   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. ----more---- 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 co-host, Lloyd Hetherington  Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca
03-08-2021
27 mins
Steve Smith - a fascinating career as Red Green, stories from beyond the show and goose control
Episode #21 - Steve Smith joins Erin Davis & Lloyd Hetherington to share his wisdom on the green bench, and today we're calling it the 'Red Green Bench'. He shares about his fascinating career as Red Green, stories from beyond the show, laughter, retirement, and a goose control project. With 15 seasons aired on CBC & PBS and reruns continuing to play today, what are your thoughts about a Red Green Reunion show?  "There is a long list of things that will never happen, and it's near the top." -Steve Smith   "If you don't have a Red Green in your family, it's probably you." -Steve Smith Advice on aging - A story that has stuck in Steve's mind about Toby Keith and Clint Eastwood and this quote to live by; “I get up every morning and I go out. And I don't let the old man in.” -Clint Eastwood Duct Tape. "Fixing it with duct tape is a glimpse of immortality." - Steve Smith "Laughter is good medicine and we need all we can get of it." - Lloyd Hetherington "When you are out of laughter, you are out of hope." -Steve Smith Hear Steve's answer to this question: Would you rather be handy or humourous? The experience of listening to stories and comedy on the radio was encouraged at a young age.  Have you heard about his Possom Lodge Podcast?  A scripted half-hour with all the characters you love. Find it here: https://www.patreon.com/possumlodge  Career Advice from Steve Smith; 1. It has to be mostly enjoyable 2. It has to be a worthy challenge 3. You have to have a reasonable expectation of success 4. It has to be good for people, not just you Learn about his latest project: Canada Goose Control - A Goose Repellent Laser (https://www.gc1goosecontrol.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. ----more---- 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 co-host, Lloyd Hetherington  Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca
20-07-2021
33 mins