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Kathy Buckworth & Evelyn Brindle host the Stories from the Green Bench podcast, a virtual place to share, learn, grow, laugh and more in conversations with 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. Hosts 2020-21 - Erin Davis & Lloyd Hetherington 2022 - Erin Davis & Doug Robinson 2023-24 - Kathy Buckworth & Evelyn Brindle

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Canada

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Kathy Buckworth & Evelyn Brindle host the Stories from the Green Bench podcast, a virtual place to share, learn, grow, laugh and more in conversations with 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. Hosts 2020-21 - Erin Davis & Lloyd Hetherington 2022 - Erin Davis & Doug Robinson 2023-24 - Kathy Buckworth & Evelyn Brindle

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English

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Episodes
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Soaring to New Heights: Lillian Parker's Skydiving Adventure

6/11/2024
Episode #68 - Hosts Kathy Buckworth and Evelyn Brindle had the joy of chatting with the remarkable Lillian Parker, a resident at The Village of Riverside Glen in Guelph, who has an extraordinary story to share. Lillian is a true thrill-seeker. She recently went skydiving and described the experience as "fantastic" and "better than a bird." Even though she broke her ankle upon landing, her enthusiasm for adventure hasn’t dimmed one bit. Lillian shared her lifelong love for flying, having also tried gliding and hot air ballooning. She’s already eyeing her next adventures: helicopter rides and ziplining. Lillian’s story is about more than just the thrill of skydiving—it’s about inspiring others to step out of their comfort zones. She encourages everyone to seize new experiences, no matter their age. Her adventurous spirit shows that you’re never too old to set new goals or dream new dreams. We were also joined by Bryce McBain, the General Manager at Riverside Glen, who was instrumental in organizing the skydiving experience. Bryce shared how the idea came from a younger resident’s bucket list and quickly gained traction, leading to 32 residents, team members, and family members taking the plunge over the summer of 2023. Bryce emphasized that age should never be a barrier to living life to the fullest. He highlighted how such experiences help residents forget their limitations and embrace the joy of living. With the support from the community and the Schlegel Villages team, these adventures became a reality, proving that with the right support, anything is possible. As we wrapped up the episode, we reflected on the importance of stepping outside our comfort zones and the value of elder wisdom in combating ageism. Lillian’s story is a powerful reminder that life is meant to be lived fully, no matter your age. Learn more about our partners at Skydive Swoop: www.skydiveswoop.ca 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, Kathy Buckworth, at kathybuckworth.com Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca Learn more about Schlegel Villages at schlegelvillages.com

Duration:00:29:55

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Curling, Chicken Coops, and Counting Blessings with Murray Woods

5/28/2024
Episode #67 - Kathy Buckworth and Evelyn Brindle had the pleasure of speaking with Murray Woods, a man with a wealth of life experiences and wisdom (Recorded at The Village of Arbour Trails in Guelph). Murray, born in 1932 on a farm in Dufferin County, shared vivid memories from his childhood, including a daring ride on the back of a car at the age of five, which became a defining story of his early years. Murray's career journey was equally fascinating. He spent 19 years as an egg grader, explaining the intricate process of grading eggs and the technological advancements in the field. He also had a significant tenure with Masterfeeds, where he witnessed and contributed to the evolution of the poultry industry, including his involvement with the early days of Swiss Chalet restaurants in Toronto. A passionate sports enthusiast, Murray has been actively involved in both baseball and curling. He shared his experiences as a fastball pitcher and his long-standing love for curling, a sport he continues to play twice a week at the age of 91. Murray's insights into the spirit of curling, the changes in the sport over the years, and his personal achievements, including being part of a rare seven-ender game, were truly inspiring. Murray also imparted some timeless wisdom, emphasizing the importance of counting blessings, courage, and health over crosses, fears, and wealth. His guidelines for a fulfilling life resonated deeply with us and are sure to inspire our listeners. We wrapped up the episode with a light-hearted note, leaving the age-old question of what comes first, the chicken or the egg, up in the air for our audience to ponder. *Schlegel Villages is proud to sponsor the Grand Slam of Curling 2024/25 Season and look forward to joining everyone at the WFG Masters, hosted in Guelph at the Sleeman Centre, January 14-19, 2025. 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, Kathy Buckworth, at kathybuckworth.com Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca Learn more about Schlegel Villages at schlegelvillages.com

Duration:00:40:14

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Confronting Ageism with Ashton Applewhite

5/14/2024
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. She emphasizes that ageism is a two-way street, affecting both the young and the old, and discusses the internalized biases that we may unknowingly harbor. Ashton's insights extend to the broader societal impacts, including the economic implications of ageism, which costs billions annually in healthcare alone due to inadequate care and forced early retirement. The conversation also touches on practical steps individuals and communities can take to combat ageism. Ashton encourages starting small, by reevaluating our own perceptions of aging and challenging ageist remarks in our circles. A discussion on the #ElderWisdom Pledge and the symbolic Green Bench initiative, which fosters intergenerational conversations and respects the wisdom of older adults. Listeners are encouraged to reflect on their own biases and take active steps towards creating a more inclusive society that values individuals at every stage of life. 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/ 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, Kathy Buckworth, at kathybuckworth.com Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca Learn more about Schlegel Villages at schlegelvillages.com

Duration:00:42:46

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Family, Hobbies and Embracing Technology with Emily Jarratt

4/30/2024
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. 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, Kathy Buckworth, at kathybuckworth.com Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca Learn more about Schlegel Villages at schlegelvillages.com

Duration:00:35:35

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Stories from the Green Bench Trailer

4/23/2024
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, Kathy Buckworth, at kathybuckworth.com Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca Learn more about Schlegel Villages at schlegelvillages.com

Duration:00:01:25

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Scones, Hugs and Building Relationships with Rob Dore and Shirley

4/16/2024
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. 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, Kathy Buckworth, at kathybuckworth.com Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca Learn more about Schlegel Villages at schlegelvillages.com

Duration:00:28:06

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Embracing Compassion with Royal Hamel

4/2/2024
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. ----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, Kathy Buckworth, at kathybuckworth.com Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca Learn more about Schlegel Villages at schlegelvillages.com

Duration:00:36:14

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People, Care, Quality: LIVE from Operational Planning

11/14/2023
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. Here are three key takeaways from this insightful episode: 1️⃣ Community and Connection: Our guests, Tam and Barb, shared their inspiring story of how they became fast friends at a conference in Pittsburgh. They emphasized the importance of connecting with people and making anywhere feel like home. Their experience highlights the power of building meaningful relationships and finding a sense of belonging. 2️⃣ Sharing Personal Stories: We were honored to have Anne, Barb, Tam, and Royal join us on stage to share their personal stories in front of 500 people. It takes tremendous courage to open up and share vulnerable experiences, and their willingness to do so is a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit. Their stories served as a reminder of the value of storytelling and the lessons we can learn from one another. 3️⃣ Learning and Growth: Throughout the episode, our co-hosts Evelyn Brindle and Kathy Buckworth expressed gratitude for the opportunity to learn from our guests and the entire Schlegel Villages community. We believe that every conversation holds the potential for growth and understanding. By actively listening and engaging with others, we can expand our knowledge and perspectives, fostering a culture of continuous learning. Don't forget to use the hashtag #ElderWisdom when sharing your thoughts on social media. Let's spread the wisdom and insights shared on the Green Bench! Lastly, we want to extend a heartfelt thank you to our guests, Ann, Barb, Tam, Royal and everyone who contributed to making this live recording a success. Your stories and experiences have touched our hearts and inspired us all. Remember, your seat on the Green Bench is always ready and waiting. 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...

Duration:00:47:18

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Tracing Roots and Learning Morse Code with John Hofstee

10/31/2023
Episode #62 - Kathy Buckworth & Evelyn Brindle had the pleasure of sitting down with John Hofstee, a remarkable individual from The Village of Riverside Glen in Guelph with a wealth of wisdom to share. From tracing his family roots in Holland and beyond to learning and engaging in conversations through Morse code and on the ham radio. Here are three key takeaways from our conversation with John: 1️⃣ Stay Active and Engaged: John emphasized the importance of getting involved and keeping oneself busy, especially in physical activities. He shared his experience of participating in exercise groups and even leading some of them. By joining organizations that align with our goals and allowing ourselves to learn and contribute, we can maintain a sense of purpose and fulfillment throughout our lives. 2️⃣ Embrace Your Hobbies: John's hobbies, including genealogy, ham radio, and learning Morse code, are a testament to the power of pursuing our passions. He traced back his roots and discovered fascinating stories about his family history. So, whether it's exploring your ancestry or diving into a new hobby, don't be afraid to follow your interests and uncover the hidden gems within your own life. 3️⃣ Cherish Family Connections: As Sophocles once said, "sons are the anchors of a mother's life." John beautifully highlighted the significance of family connections and the wisdom passed down through generations. He encouraged us to listen to our parents and grandparents, as their stories and advice will resonate with us in the future. Family ties are precious, and they can provide us with a sense of identity and belonging. I hope you find these takeaways as inspiring as we did! ✨ If you haven't already, be sure to listen to the full episode to hear John's incredible stories and insights firsthand. And remember, we love hearing from our listeners! Share your own words of wisdom on social media using the hashtag #ElderWisdom. Your contributions will not only inspire others but also help them discover our podcast on this green bench. 🌱 Lastly, don't forget to check out the #ElderWisdom Pledge Against Ageism at elderwisdom.ca. By signing it, you can join us in our mission to promote inclusivity and respect for all generations. 🤝 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, Kathy Buckworth, at kathybuckworth.com Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca Learn more about Schlegel Villages at schlegelvillages.com

Duration:00:31:15

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The Power of Pursuing Your Passions with Emily & Bob Leland

10/17/2023
Episode #61 - Kathy Buckworth and Evelyn Brindle welcome two incredible individuals from The Village at University Gates in Waterloo, Bob and Emily Leland, who shared their passions, stories, and wisdom with us. Here are three key takeaways from this inspiring conversation: 1️⃣ The Power of Positivity: Bob and Emily emphasized the importance of maintaining a positive outlook on life. Bob shared his belief in making people smile and laugh every day, reminding us that laughter truly is contagious. Let's remember to spread positivity and uplift those around us, even through the simplest acts of kindness. 2️⃣ The Joy of Connection: Emily expressed her passion for being with people, whether it's family, friends, or loved ones. She highlighted the immense joy that comes from sharing moments and creating meaningful connections. Let's cherish and nurture our relationships, as they bring us immense happiness and fulfillment. 3️⃣ Pursuit of Passions: The Schlegel Village community has embarked on a wonderful initiative called "Pursuit of Passion," which celebrates the stories and passions of their residents. This reminds us to continue seeking and living our own passions, as they bring meaning and purpose to our lives. Let's explore new interests, pursue our dreams, and find joy in the things that make us come alive. See the 2023 Pursuit of Passions Exhibit at https://schlegelvillages.com/popxew We are incredibly grateful to Bob and Emily for sharing their wisdom and stories with us. Their words have touched our hearts and inspired us to embrace positivity, connection, and the pursuit of our passions. 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, Kathy Buckworth, at kathybuckworth.com Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca Learn more about Schlegel Villages at schlegelvillages.com

Duration:00:34:19

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From Malta to Canada: Esther Pulis’ Journey of Creativity and Family

10/3/2023
Episode #60 - In this episode, Kathy Buckworth & Evelyn Brindle welcome Esther Pulis from The Village of Taunton Mills to the Green Bench to share captivating stories about her life in both Malta and Canada. Having immigrated from Malta to Canada in 1965, Esther already had some family members residing in Canada. Coming from a large family of six sisters and five brothers, Esther and her sisters carried on the tradition of creating carnival floats and costumes in both Malta and Canada. Esther's father was a performer, and she herself used to sing during their performances, bridging the gap between drama and farce. A creative individual, Esther still finds joy in knitting and mentions her desire to design a float promoting peace if her husband were still alive. Overall, Esther provides valuable insights into her experiences and the creative activities that she and her family engaged in, both in Malta and Canada. Throughout the episode, Esther emphasizes the significance of maintaining close family ties and fostering a sense of community. She shares her advice on achieving this, which includes inviting family members to every event and gathering, preparing abundant food, and engaging in shared activities such as playing bingo and cards. Esther firmly believes that family always holds paramount importance and should take precedence over friendships. She also expresses her excitement about an upcoming gathering at her son's place, where her niece and her family from Canada will be visiting. She highlights the importance of staying together as a family and eagerly anticipates the opportunity to see her niece. Additionally, the host mentions the presence of Maltese food during these family gatherings, suggesting that food plays a role in bringing people together and fostering a sense of connection. 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, Kathy Buckworth, at kathybuckworth.com Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca Learn more about Schlegel Villages at schlegelvillages.com

Duration:00:33:45

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Exploring the Importance of Attitude and Lifelong Learning with Barbara Sackett

9/19/2023
Episode #59 - In this episode, Barbara Sackett from The Village of Wentworth Heights in Hamilton shares her wisdom and experiences that are sure to leave you inspired and motivated. Here are three takeaways from her conversation on the Green Bench with hosts Kathy Buckworth and Evelyn Brindle. 1️⃣ Confidence is Key: Barbara opens up about her personal journey of building confidence throughout her life. She emphasizes the importance of believing in yourself and taking steps to nurture your self-assurance. Barbara's story is a powerful reminder that confidence can be developed and grown over time. So, let's all take a page from Barbara's book and embrace our own confidence! 2️⃣ Kindness Goes a Long Way: One of the key lessons Barbara shares is the impact of kindness in our interactions with others. She believes that a kind word, expression, or compliment can make a significant difference in someone's day. Let's all strive to spread kindness and uplift those around us. Remember, even the smallest acts of kindness can have a profound effect on others. 3️⃣ Attitude is Everything: Barbara's motto, "half of the success in life is attitude," resonates deeply. She emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive outlook and how it can influence our daily lives. Barbara's personal experience demonstrates that having the right attitude can help overcome challenges and achieve goals. So, let's embrace a positive mindset and approach each day with determination and optimism. We are truly grateful for the opportunity to have had Barbara as a guest on our podcast. Her wisdom, experiences, and positive energy are truly inspiring. I encourage you all to listen to this episode and soak in the valuable insights she shares. 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, Kathy Buckworth, at kathybuckworth.com Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca Learn more about Schlegel Villages at schlegelvillages.com

Duration:00:33:40

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Laughter and Wisdom: A Conversation with Granny Reynolds

9/5/2023
Episode #58 - Hosts Kathy Buckworth and Evelyn Brindle welcome social media sensation Bette Reynolds, also known as Granny Reynolds to the Green Bench. Bette shares her journey into the world of social media, which was influenced by her son, Stuart, a.k.a. Brittlestar. With her humor and wisdom, Granny Reynolds has become a favorite among viewers. Tune in to hear Bette's story and enjoy a podcast filled with laughter and insights. Bette Reynolds Social Media TikTok (@BetteReynolds) Instagram (@grannyreynolds) X (@reynolds_bette) Threads (@grannyreynolds) Granny Reynolds encourages older individuals to embrace social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram, emphasizing the potential for new opportunities and interests. While acknowledging that not everyone may be accepting of this change, she believes that by showing older individuals how to navigate these platforms in the simplest way, it can be a transformative experience. Engaging with social media allows older individuals to break out of their own little bubble and explore a wide range of interesting content and subjects. She emphasizes that social media is not exclusively for young people, highlighting the valuable knowledge and experiences that older individuals have to offer. They suggest that older individuals should not be afraid to try social media platforms, even if they initially feel like they might be making a fool of themselves. The key is to keep trying and learning until they become comfortable with using these platforms. Bette shares her personal experience of using social media as a means to connect with her grandchildren. Initially finding her social media postings amusing, the grandchildren now proudly share them with their friends. This highlights the potential for social media to bridge the generational gap and allow older individuals to communicate and connect with younger family members in a meaningful way. Overall, this episode emphasizes the benefits of encouraging older individuals to use social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram. By embracing these platforms, older individuals can open themselves up to new interests, connect with others, and share their own unique perspectives and experiences. 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, Kathy Buckworth, at kathybuckworth.com Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca Learn more about Schlegel Villages at schlegelvillages.com

Duration:00:35:22

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Parenting & Grandparenting Experiences with Kathy Buckworth and Evelyn Brindle

8/22/2023
Episode #57 - Co-hosts Kathy Buckworth and Evelyn Brindle explore the significance of family and the importance of showing respect towards elders. They emphasize that family should be cherished above all else, underscoring the value of maintaining strong relationships with our loved ones, especially grandparents. The co-hosts highlight the wealth of life experiences and wisdom that grandparents possess. They describe grandparents as individuals who have lived through real-life situations, setting them apart from simply reading about history in books. They believe that it is crucial for children to have the opportunity to learn from their grandparents and gain insights from their experiences. Respecting elders is another topic the co-hosts touch upon. They stress the importance of honoring the parenting styles and decisions of the younger generation when becoming a grandparent. They acknowledge that each generation may have different approaches to parenting, emphasizing the need for understanding and support. Furthermore, the co-hosts delve into the role of love in family relationships. They emphasize the significance of expressing love and support to family members, particularly the younger generations. They encourage listeners to cherish the good times with their loved ones and to always be present and supportive. Overall, this episode underscores the value of family and the importance of respecting and cherishing elders. It emphasizes the significance of maintaining strong family relationships, learning from the wisdom of grandparents, and expressing love and support to family members. 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, Kathy Buckworth, at kathybuckworth.com Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca Learn more about Schlegel Villages at schlegelvillages.com

Duration:00:34:28

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BONUS | Heather Luth Shares Schlegel Villages’ Approach For Living With Dementia

7/18/2023
BONUS - In this podcast episode, hosts Kathy Buckworth & Evelyn Brindle introduce Heather Luth, the dementia specialist for Schlegel Villages. They discuss the philosophy and program known as "living in my today," as well as Heather's background and journey to her current position. Heather shares her experience working with older adults and her passion for creating meaningful connections between different generations. She talks about a program she initiated called "Grand Friends," where a local school partners with their retirement home to engage in activities together. Heather also mentions using a puppet named Grandpa Ernie to help children feel comfortable when visiting the seniors. The hosts and Heather emphasize the importance of intergenerational interactions and how they can enhance the lives of both older adults and younger individuals. They discuss the positive impact of the "Grand Friends" program and the ongoing friendship between the retirement home residents and the grade one class. We explores the five pillars of the "Living in My Today" program. The first pillar emphasizes supportive approaches to care, recognizing residents as unique individuals with their own strengths and perspectives. The program teaches people how to connect with their loved ones living with dementia and create partnership moments that allow them to remain active in their care. The second pillar focuses on empowered care partners, acknowledging the importance of family members, team members, volunteers, students, and residents in supporting people living with dementia. The program provides education and opportunities for connection and collaboration to empower these care partners. The third pillar, thoughtful design, centers around creating an environment that is supportive and accommodating for individuals living with dementia. This includes considering factors such as layout, lighting, and sensory stimulation to enhance the overall experience and well-being of residents. The fourth pillar, expressive creativity, encourages and celebrates various ways that people can express their creativity. This pillar is described as a fun part of the program, where individuals can engage in different creative activities and express themselves. Lastly, the fifth pillar, education, is briefly mentioned in the transcript. Although not discussed in detail, it can be inferred that this pillar provides educational resources and information to support individuals and care partners in understanding dementia and its impact on daily life. Overall, the "Living in My Today" program aims to provide a holistic approach to care for individuals living with dementia, focusing on understanding, empowerment, thoughtful design, creativity, and education. Learn more about the Living in My Today signature program at https://schlegelvillages.com/signature/living-my-today 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, Kathy Buckworth, at kathybuckworth.com Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca Learn more about Schlegel Villages at schlegelvillages.com

Duration:00:45:52

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Feeling lucky and a passion for flying with Ferg Kyle

5/16/2023
Episode #56 - Flying into another great story from the green bench as hosts Kathy Buckworth and Evelyn Brindle welcome Ferg Kyle to take a seat. Ferg joins us from The Village of Tansley Woods in Burlington to talk about his lucky life, overcoming challenges and his passion for flying. Ferg believes he is a very lucky man. He lives by the quote from Gary Player, “The harder you work, the luckier you get." Learn how he overcame health challenges to live out his dream, never taking his eye off of his lofty goals including his time as a fighter pilot and then as a commercial pilot for Air Canada. As a child, the doctor told Ferg's mother that he could expect to live to the age of 28 due to a heart condition. Now at the age of 93, he considers the luck in his life. "The doctor told my mom that I could expect to live to age 28 due to a heart condition. I had a normal life. I should say that I am 93, I call that lucky." - Ferg Kyle "I was proud to be a member of the Canadian Air Force, and I learned a great deal from veterans of WWII." - Ferg Kyle "I had what I wanted, got what I wanted, and nobody asked me for a penny." - Ferg Kyle Ferg flew 10 different aircraft with Air Canada in his career. He shares his passion for flying as well and also has two sons who are pilots. “Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” – Dalai Lama XIV Do you think you can attract luck, or is it something that just happens to you? "If you behave properly, you have better luck than those who don't." - Ferg Kyle Ferg's Advice - Get on with things. Don't waste time. And pay attention to what your mother says. 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, Kathy Buckworth, at kathybuckworth.com Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca Learn more about Schlegel Villages at schlegelvillages.com

Duration:00:29:08

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Discovering Ailsa Craig at The Village of Arbour Trails with Ab Moore

5/2/2023
Episode #55 - Ab Moore tells his story of how the Schlegel Villages came to Guelph as he sits on the Green Bench with hosts Kathy Buckworth and Evelyn Brindle from The Village of Arbour Trails. Through consultation with his family, Ab and his mother looked at retirement homes in the area, eventually settling on a development called Foxwood Place; a 50-unit building built by a group of volunteers from various denominations. Ab then joined the board in 1987, helping to secure the sponsorship of the Canadian Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation. "It was evident back then that there were many people in retirement that were finding it difficult to find safe and affordable accommodation." - Ab Moore “I had observed what was going on and felt it was time for me to volunteer. So I joined the board in about 1987.” - Ab Moore Ailsa Craig is the name of the Independent Living lifestyle option at Schlegel Villages. Learn about the name and its role at the Village. "The values that I picked up as a child from my parents and from the religious community in which I grew up, that there is a value in sharing with others." - Ab Moore "Older adults have so much that we can learn from." - Kathy Buckworth 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, Kathy Buckworth, at kathybuckworth.com Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca Learn more about Schlegel Villages at schlegelvillages.com

Duration:00:30:50

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Living with Dementia and Fighting for a Dignified End with Ron Posno

4/18/2023
Episode #54 - Ron Posno joins Kathy Buckworth and Evelyn Brindle as our guest on the #ElderWisdom | Stories from the Green Bench podcast. Ron has a plan to fight the legislation that does not allow people living with dementia to request medical assistance in dying. His plans include moving into the currently under construction retirement phase at The Village at Glendale Crossing in London. Ron has lived a life of planning, and his story begins with his dream of becoming an Air Force pilot. After meeting his wife Sandy at age 16, Ron pursued his dream and was accepted into a military college. However, Ron realized that marriage and military life were not compatible and so he left the college to become a special needs teacher. After 62 years of marriage, Ron recounts an incident in 1970 when he was asked to test fly an experimental aircraft. Unfortunately, the plane crashed and Ron suffered a severe injury, losing his left eye and suffering brain damage. He was in a coma for 12 days, and when he emerged, he was diagnosed with MCI, which is often a precursor to dementia. Ron and Sandy have a plan to fight legislation that does not allow people living with dementia to request MAID, medical assistance in dying. They are looking to the future by setting in motion their own destiny. Ron and Sandy hope to be able to change the law and give people living with dementia the right to choose how they want to live their lives. 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, Kathy Buckworth, at kathybuckworth.com Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca Learn more about Schlegel Villages at schlegelvillages.com

Duration:00:32:51

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A Mother’s Influence Inspired Diane Dupuy’s Artistic Vision with Famous People Players

4/4/2023
Episode #53 - The story of Diane Dupuy and the Famous People Players, a black light theatre company where all the performers are developmentally disabled. The podcast explores the bond between Diane and her mother, Mary Thornton, who lived to the age of 103 in The Village of Humber Heights, and the wisdom and working relationship they shared for 50 years. Have a listen as hosts Kathy Buckworth and Evelyn Brindle welcome Diane Dupuy to share her Story from the Green Bench. Diane's mother honed in on what she could do and what she was good at rather than what she struggled with. She excelled in imagination and creativity. "My mother built me a puppet theatre when I was a little girl. She told me not to be afraid as the puppets will do the talking for me." - Diane Dupuy She enjoyed performing closely with her friend at local events, Doug Henning, who went on to become a world-renowned magician. "As long as your imagination makes the world a better place." - Mary Thornton "Great spirits always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." -Albert Einstein In creating the Famous People Players Diane chose the black light technique as no one would see the players, and who they are, so they won't be afraid of them. "My mother was my partner, my supporter all the way." -Diane Dupuy Visit famouspeopleplayers.com to see photos, get tickets, and learn more. Follow on Instagram & Facebook With the support from Humber Heights resident, Freida Griffiths, educational programs were created as part of the Famous People Players organization. "There is so much magic in black light, everything floats, everything defies gravity before your eyes. It’s a live cartoon on stage." - Diane Dupuy Diane & Mary are recipients of the Order of Canada and many awards and recognitions in their 49 years of work. Diane and Evelyn share the experience of having fighting cancer. Hear the wisdom from both of them as they encourage others to keep moving forward and living life to the fullest. 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, Kathy Buckworth, at kathybuckworth.com Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca Learn more about Schlegel Villages at schlegelvillages.com

Duration:00:31:26

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From Engineering to Intellectual Property Law and Beyond with Don Hewson

3/21/2023
Episode #52 - Don Hewson is an intellectual property lawyer and resident of The Village of Erin Meadows in Mississauga, Canada. He has a background in engineering and has traveled to 87 countries, and is an avid fan of classical music and author Louise Penny. Unlock the hidden gems of wisdom as hosts Kathy Buckworth and Evelyn Brindle chat with Don on the Green Bench. "Encourage your children to do whatever it is they want to do and get involved in collegial activities - don't be loners - and be sure to excel in mathematics and science courses to open up a world of possibilities!" Don Hewson had a passion for music and engineering, but it wasn't until he was a senior partner at a law firm specializing in Intellectual Property Law that he was able to combine these two passions. He quickly learned the technical aspects of patent law and soon was travelling around the world to represent his clients. He was also able to introduce his wife, Yummy, to a world of travel and music. Through his work, Don was able to unlock the potential of a variety of projects, from the chocolate coating on Chapman's ice cream to the revolutionary device that enabled the fast and efficient formation of poured concrete buildings. Don's career also allowed him to inspire others to pursue their passions, no matter how unconventional. In this episode, you will learn the following: 1. How did the invention of a revolutionary concrete forming device revolutionize construction? 2. Why is intellectual property law a field that requires a science or engineering background? 3. What are the benefits of taking a music course in high school, and how did it influence Don Hewson's career? 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, Kathy Buckworth, at kathybuckworth.com Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca Learn more about Schlegel Villages at schlegelvillages.com

Duration:00:35:10