Issue 2.32 – Leisurely Solutions

It had been a rough few weeks at the Manor for both management and the residents, but with some effort and a bit of creativity, activities and classes were resuming thanks to various community volunteers and individuals stepping up to take on different roles. Natalia, who had led the pysanka workshop in the spring, approached…

Issue 2.31 – The Haves and Have-Nots

Hazel was sitting in the front lobby watching the daycare children hang their construction paper jack-o-lantern decorations on the walls of the entrance area. The children took such pride in decorating for various holidays, smiling with great big grins as residents would stop and comment on what a good job they had done on their…

Issue 2.30 – Budget Review

Debra rested her head in her left hand as she scoured through the budget sheets she had carefully organized across her desk. It had been over a week since she had left at a decent hour. She would be missing the kids’ hockey game again tonight, but she knew she needed to figure things out….

Issue 2.29 – Rumours and Cutbacks

“What is this? Chicken month?” Charlie let out a long sigh as he stared at the information monitor by the elevator. “There are some weeks here where we are eating chicken almost every day! Look at them sneaking it into soups and salads even. We have one night where they’re serving prime rib! They’re cheaping…

Issue 2.28 – Municipal Elections

“Can you hand me that card on the credenza, Charlie? It has the recipe for pumpkin soup in it that I’m bringing over to Catherine’s for Thanksgiving.” Charlie had just come in from downstairs and hadn’t even taken his shoes off yet, but Hazel was in a fluster trying to prepare for the weekend. “Yes…

Issue 2.27 – Pop Cans and Empty Bottles

“You’re shooting a lot better these days Fred! Guess that surgery you had last month really improved your game. You almost beat me this time.” Charlie had no shame in joking around with his friend, who was highly competitive and could take a good ribbing. Fred could also dish it back. “You just wait until…

Issue 2.26 – Seniors Housing Forum

The recreation centre was alive with activity as Hazel and Charlie made their way from session to session. Hazel already had a few goodies and information packages in hand from some of the booths they had visited. Although they were fortunate to have already made the decision to move into seniors housing, and were enjoying…

Issue 2.25 – Mortality

The service had been lovely. Deanna’s eulogy was a sweet tribute to her mom, filled with stories, humour and warm memories. Even though Millie had few family members, the turnout was sizeable. Millie had touched so many throughout her life, making friends wherever she went. Charlie and Hazel felt fortunate to count themselves amongst those…

Issue 2.24 – We Need YOUR Stories!

Dear Reader, We hope you have been enjoying the Charlie & Hazel story. Each week, we release a new issue to raise awareness of real experiences, celebrations and challenges associated with seniors living. We hear from you in the comments section, by email and are even told directly how much some of the issues we…

Issue 2.23 – Millie

It was a sad day. Hazel had just got off the phone with Deanna. Deanna, choking back tears, informed them that Millie had passed away in the hospital during the night, finally succumbing to the complications from her stroke. There was nothing more anyone could have done. Hazel sat quietly on the couch, her head…

Issue 2.22 – Communication Barriers

“It’s nice to finally touch base,” Hazel said. And it was nice. She and Charlie had not spoken to their son in some time, not because he hadn’t called, but because they simply hadn’t been in their suite much these days. Though Millie’s condition was still touch-and-go, she was stable enough to have visitors even…

Issue 2.21 – Fringing

It had been weeks since Millie was first admitted to the hospital. Hazel rarely saw much of Deanna anymore. Deanna was spending nearly all waking hours at the hospital. Brief, intermittent updates were all that Hazel was able to get as Deanna raced out the door each morning. As much as she wanted to visit…