Life Lessons Learned from Seniors

We asked staff at BayBridge Senior Living to share the unexpected life lessons they’ve picked up from working with our residents. Here, are a few of the special moments they shared:

Lesson #1: Effort is everything

There is a resident at Martindale who has started to experience mobility loss. She took a fall recently and broke her arm. Since coming back, she is more tired and fragile but she makes a very determined effort to attend all activities, despite her obvious limitations. She is such an inspiration to those around her — and she is completely unaware of the effect that she has on others.

–       Michael Taylor, Life Enrichment Coordinator, Martindale Gardens

Lesson #2: Marriage is for life

There are so many interesting people that reside here at The Court but there is one married couple that really stand out to me. The husband moved to Canada at very young age to work for the railroad before he opened a restaurant right beside the old Maple Leaf Gardens. Not only did he have Harold Ballard and the Leafs as customers, he had a much more interesting clientele: gangs, pimps and prostitutes. He is a real gentleman. He has been married a very long time to his wife, who he pushes around everywhere in her wheelchair. She can’t do it herself since she had a stroke. He is in great health and gets around no problem. He drives a lot and is always taking his wife with him wherever he goes. I have all the respect in world for this man because he shows the real meaning of the sacrament of marriage.

–       John Brown, Environmental Services Coordinator, The Court at Laurelwood

Lesson #3: Independence trumps efficiency

I went to The Marleigh a few months ago to help administer resident feedback surveys. At one point I found myself sitting with an Assisted Living resident, and I noticed that she seemed to be struggling a bit to read the questions and write the answers herself. She had been working on her survey for quite a while when I offered to help her out by reading out the questions to her and helping her write down her answers. At first she refused and was adamant that she wanted to do it herself. A few minutes later she asked me to read a sentence for her. Then a few minutes after that she asked for my help again. By the end, I was reading out every question to her while she took her time in writing the answers down herself.

It was eye opening to see how determined this resident was to remain independent in any way that she could. It was much more important to her to feel self-sufficient in completing the task than it was for her to just “get it done.”

–       ­Arielle Lerner, Marketing Coordinator, BayBridge Senior Living

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