73 episodes

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.

#ElderWisdom | Stories from the Green Bench Schlegel Villages

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 78 Ratings

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.

    Confronting Ageism with Ashton Applewhite

    Confronting Ageism with Ashton Applewhite

    Episode #66 - Hosts Kathy Buckworth and Evelyn Brindle delve into the pervasive issue of ageism with renowned author and activist Ashton Applewhite. The discussion opens with personal anecdotes from Kathy and Evelyn, who share their experiences of ageism in professional and personal settings, highlighting its subtle yet impactful presence in everyday interactions, especially in the workplace and healthcare.

    Ashton Applewhite, known for her advocacy and extensive work on ageism, defines it as discrimination and stereotyping based on a person’s age.

    This episode not only sheds light on the nuances of ageism but also inspires a collective movement towards a world where age is celebrated and valued, rather than used as a criterion for exclusion.

    Learn more about Ashton at https://thischairrocks.com/

    Find resources, campaigns, tools and more at https://oldschool.info/ 




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    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, Kathy Buckworth, at kathybuckworth.com
    Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca
    Learn more about Schlegel Villages at schlegelvillages.com

    • 42 min
    Family, Hobbies and Embracing Technology with Emily Jarratt

    Family, Hobbies and Embracing Technology with Emily Jarratt

    Episode #65 - In this inspiring episode, hosts Kathy Buckworth and Evelyn Brindle had the pleasure of speaking with the remarkable Emily Jarratt, who at 99 years old, shared her rich tapestry of life experiences with us.  Emily joins us from The Village of Tansley Woods retirement in Burlington.
    Emily, originally from England, moved to Canada in 1952 seeking a better life post-war. She and her husband chose Canada over Australia, a decision that led to a fulfilling life, including raising a family in Vancouver. Emily's journey is a testament to embracing change and the importance of family.
    A former medical assistant and later a registered nurse, Emily's passion for learning and helping others shone through as she recounted her career shift at the age of 52. Her dedication to her profession and her ability to adapt to new roles is truly inspiring.
    Emily's zest for life extends to her hobbies, which range from woodworking and sewing to playing the ukulele and keyboard. She emphasized the importance of hobbies in combating loneliness and staying mentally active. Her adventurous spirit was evident as she spoke about her travels with the Tansley Trippers and her love for destinations like Bermuda.
    Technology plays a significant role in Emily's life, from using a computer for daily tasks to embracing artificial intelligence. She encourages everyone to keep up with the times and to use technology to stay connected with loved ones.
    Emily imparted wisdom on living a long and healthy life, stressing the importance of not smoking, moderate drinking, eating right, and staying mentally engaged. Her advice to make younger friends resonates as a way to ensure companionship and shared learning.
    Emily's story is a powerful reminder that age is just a number and that it's never too late to learn, explore, and enjoy life. Her anticipation of turning 100 is a celebration of a life well-lived and an encouragement to all of us to embrace every moment.
     
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    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, Kathy Buckworth, at kathybuckworth.com
    Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca
    Learn more about Schlegel Villages at schlegelvillages.com

    • 35 min
    Stories from the Green Bench Trailer

    Stories from the Green Bench Trailer

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    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, Kathy Buckworth, at kathybuckworth.com
    Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca
    Learn more about Schlegel Villages at schlegelvillages.com

    • 1 min
    Scones, Hugs and Building Relationships with Rob Dore and Shirley

    Scones, Hugs and Building Relationships with Rob Dore and Shirley

    Episode #64 - Kathy Buckworth and Evelyn Brindle had the pleasure of chatting with two very special guests, Shirley, a resident at The Village of Glendale Crossing in London, and Rob Dore, chaplain and baking aficionado of the community.

    Shirley shared her journey of moving into the village to avoid the risks of living alone in a townhouse. Known affectionately as ”the hugger,” Shirley has embraced her new community with open arms, literally, offering hugs and peppermints to fellow residents and staff. She actively participates in various activities, including euchre, bingo, and especially Rob’s cooking classes, which she attends without fail.

    Rob, on the other hand, brings people together through spiritual programs as well as his love of baking/cooking. He hosts weekly cooking classes where residents can socialize, enjoy fresh treats, and learn about different cuisines from Rob’s travels. From Detroit-style pizza to English flapjacks, Rob’s classes are a hit, drawing in crowds eager to taste his creations and share in the camaraderie.

    The conversation also touched on the importance of food in fostering community and how it can evoke memories of travel or childhood. Shirley and Rob both emphasized the significance of staying active and social to avoid the loneliness that can come with age.

    Shirley’s advice to anyone considering a move to a Schlegel Village is simple: relax, talk to everyone, and you’ll make many friends. Her approach to life at the village is a testament to the power of community and the joy that can be found in the simple act of giving a hug.




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    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, Kathy Buckworth, at kathybuckworth.com

    Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca

    Learn more about Schlegel Villages at schlegelvillages.com

    • 28 min
    Embracing Compassion with Royal Hamel

    Embracing Compassion with Royal Hamel

    Episode #63 - In this heartfelt episode of #ElderWisdom | Stories from the Green Bench, Kathy Buckworth and Evelyn Brindle had the pleasure of conversing with the inspiring Royal Hamel from The Village of Winston Park in Kitchener. Royal, who we met at the Schlegel Village Operational Planning Conference in Niagara Falls (Bonus LIVE Episode), shared his journey of faith, positivity, and resilience in the face of life-altering paralysis.

    Royal recounted the sudden onset of his condition, which left him paraplegic, and the subsequent challenges he faced. Despite the drastic change in his life, Royal’s unwavering faith in Jesus Christ and his 50-year experience as a pastor have been the bedrock of his positive outlook.

    Throughout the episode, Royal spoke about the importance of compassion, the power of presence, and the significance of sharing personal experiences. He continues to minister to others at Winston Park long-term care, where he resides, through preaching, Bible studies, and simply being a comforting presence to fellow residents.

    Royal also touched upon the importance of modeling compassion to children and the role of faith in fostering a compassionate society. He shared insights from his blog, which has touched the lives of many, and emphasized the importance of gentleness in our interactions with others.

    As hosts, Evelyn and Kathy reflected on the wisdom Royal brings to the Green Bench, his ability to connect with others, and the joy he finds in daily interactions. His story is a testament to the power of optimism and the human spirit’s capacity to adapt and find purpose even in the most challenging circumstances.

    *Link to Royal’s blog as mentioned in the episode: https://www.facebook.com/royal.hamel


    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, Kathy Buckworth, at kathybuckworth.com

    Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca

    Learn more about Schlegel Villages at schlegelvillages.com

    • 36 min
    People, Care, Quality: LIVE from Operational Planning

    People, Care, Quality: LIVE from Operational Planning

    An exciting episode for you as hosts Kathy Buckworth and Evelyn Brindle had the pleasure of hosting a LIVE recording at the Schlegel Villages Operational Planning Conference in Niagara Falls, where we explored the theme of ”People, Care, and Quality.”

    First to join us on the Green Bench is Ann Baxter: Anne is a resident at The Village of Wentworth Heights in the Egerton neighbourhood, where she has come to value the kindness of the team that helps support her, even as her care needs have lessened over time. She values the polite approach of the Village team, and appreciates how everyone takes the time to bring a smile to the faces of all residents, and she has also become a strong support for her fellow residents.

    Secondly we invited Tam White and Barb Merkley: Barb first stayed at The Village of Riverside Glen as a temporary measure to convalesce following a medical procedure, and has now lived at The Village of Riverside Glen for nearly eight years. She came to be good friends with Tam when they met at The Center for Innovation’s Ready to Impact Conference in Pittsburg in the summer of 2023. Tam has a long history at Schlegel Villages, first as a Village Team Member before eventually joining the Support Office as a key member of the People Team. Both Barbara and Tam share a combined perspective on how the people who live and work within Schlegel Villages truly do become an extended family.

    And third we welcomed Royal Hamel to the green bench: Royal makes his home in Long-term Care at The Village of Winston Park, and he shares his perspective as someone who has faced significant changes in his mobility in recent years. As a retired minister, faith and spirituality are close to Royal’s heart, and this certainly helps shape his world view. For Royal, exceptional support can be found in simple moments in time that connect team members with residents, regardless of the level of care required.

    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, Kathy Buckworth, at kathybuckworth.com
    Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca
    Learn more about Schlegel Villages at schlegelvillages.com

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

Sandy Park 23101 ,

So inspiring

Thank you to everyone who shares their #ElderWisdom on this inspiring podcast.

D-HAC ,

Gaining wisdom with every episode

I appreciate the variety of stories and wisdom shared from seniors in these amazing conversations. There is so much wisdom to be shared, taking the time to listen and learn from our elders gives us an insight into their lived experiences. Keep up the great work!

jgouldsp ,

Inspirational

Always a pleasure to listen to the inspirational stories, I look forward to each new pod cast

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