54 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

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    • 4.9 • 71 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.

    ”If I can’t eat it, or read it, I don’t need it!” with Harold Quinn

    ”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

    • 35 min
    Dr. Jane Kuepfer on how spirituality in LTC & Retirement homes can build community

    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

    • 31 min
    Benefits of #ElderWisdom and the Role of a DLO with Branka Matijevic

    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

    • 34 min
    Raising a musical family and quirky gardening with Angela Willis

    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

    • 29 min
    BONUS | Resident Voices in Long-Term Care with OARC’s Melissa McVie & Devora Greenspon

    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

    • 32 min
    Critical thinking, long-distance relationships and reading with Evelyn Brindle

    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

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

4apples@home ,

Sweet podcast

Really sweet and inspiring stories are found on the green bench - take a listen to learn about senior living at its best.

SeniorLivingAdvocate ,

Truly Inspiring!

These are the most inspiring stories by seniors. I have listened to several episodes and am so glad I found your podcast. Such a wide variety of life stories shared. Thank you to the hosts and guests for giving this inspiration and wisdom to us all. I look forward to finishing your available episodes and what you have coming up.

Tmahy ,

A wonderful variety of stories

Erin Davis and her co-host create so many meaningful moments on the green bench with stories of love, loss, friendship, community, wisdom and togetherness. Thank you for sharing these stories and for spreading the message of #ElderWisdom and combatting ageism. Every senior has something to share, we just need to stop, take a seat alongside them, and listen.

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