We enjoyed learning from several guest speakers in September, starting with a representative from the City of Waterloo Museum who took us on a journey back in time to the days of the Prohibition in Waterloo. Author Lorne Allen took us on a story-telling trek in his new book, From Promise to Peril, and the family tales that inspired this budding trilogy, Tracks of our Tears. Stay tuned for book three!

With September highlighting World Alzheimer’s Day, we were honoured to hear the testimonies of persons living with dementia as part of a presentation from the GERAS Centre for Aging Research from Hamilton. We learned about the LUVE approach (Listening, Understanding, Validating, Empowering) as a tool to foster compassion for those living with dementia. Our very own resident, Doug Schweyer, was a guest speaker and shared about his own personal journey with dementia.

Our September Social was a delight as we recognized and celebrated the contributions and love of grandparents with treats and live music! It serves as a reminder of the importance of intergenerational connections and the wisdom that can be gained from older generations within the family.

Several of our resident artists came to our Monthly Art Project with Sue from UBGreen and walked away with stylish autumn/winter wreaths to welcome the fall season.

We sailed away on the Grand River and learned new things about our Region while enjoying a delicious lunch on the Grand River Cruise outing. Our trip began with an amazing performance by the Blazing Fiddles as we sipped on warm beverages. It was a great day with perfect weather!

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was established to recognize and commemorate the tragic history of Indigenous peoples in Canada, particularly the legacy of the residential school system and it is observed on September 30 each year. To expand our knowledge, we welcomed Susan Hill, a Haudenosaunee artisan and member of the Cayuga Nation, who demonstrated the art of traditional bead and leatherwork. Residents were given the option of making a personal medicine pouch which holds great cultural and spiritual significance for Indigenous peoples in Canada.

* The Wellness Team