“One Friday night in Montreal, I wanted to go to the cinema. But my friend wanted me to go to a dance at the YMCA. I told him I’d go with him and I’d ask only one woman to dance with me.”
At Chartwell Trilogy Long Term Care Residence in East Toronto, nothing is more important to staff than the happiness and health of their residents. With this in mind, the team headed into 2017 with a renewed sense of purpose and dedication, and decided to assemble a committee of staff who would help residents’ wishes come true through our Moments That Matter program.
“I’m writing my memories. I feel good while writing them, and I feel even better reading them. I don’t know what I’m going to do with them yet! Maybe I’ll leave them as an heirloom to my children. I started with a timeline of the important dates and moments of my life.”
“My husband and I are both Libras, so we have the same tastes (laughs). We do so much together. We’re always going out. We go to the movies, but only in the afternoon, because Réal is too scared at night! (laughs)”
“Last year I cycled 2,200 kms. That’s a lot! This year, it’s only the beginning of the season now and I’ve already done 160km. I love going through the natural park, there are nice bike paths, it’s quiet and there are lots of birds.”
“I worked for stars: Peggy Lee, Tony Francis, Gilda…I made dresses from scratch, I designed them, I bought the material and I sewed them.”
“When we first got here, my husband – who suffers from Parkinson’s – had a lot of trouble walking. We started going to the pool every day.”
“Following your dreams right to the end is important. Everything I’ve experienced allows me to be happy now, and have no regrets. What I want for my children is for them to live their dreams, just like their mother did! Everything I lived before helps me live happily today.”
With Dorothy’s passion for politics a well-known fact at her retirement residence, where she watches Question Period in the House of Commons from the comfort of her suite each day, staff decided to do something special for her 106th birthday on January 16th. They reached out to the Office of the Prime Minister with an extraordinary request—a meet-and-greet with Justin Trudeau.
“We get together here to watch hockey, just the boys. It gives our wives a break. (laughs) When the Canadiens win, we get up and sing Oh Canada.” (laughs)