Issue 2.20 – Students and Seniors

Charlie was out for a stroll one warm August morning, when he saw a sight that had become quite familiar in the past few days. Victor, the Novaks’ grandson, was helping Sunita and Aarav carry their groceries in. He’d been staying in the Novaks’ suite, and had become friendly with everyone.“Hi there, Mr. Stewart! How…

Issue 2.19 – Accommodations

Hazel sat with an upset Deanna in Debra’s office and recounted what had just transpired in the dining room. “I don’t see why Deanna cannot stay in her mother’s room, or why the Novaks’ grandson can’t stay in their unit while they are away.” Debra sat thoughtfully for a moment. “The policy is in place…

Issue 2.18 – When Things Don’t Make Sense

It had been three days since Deanna arrived at the Manor. She had set herself up comfortably in the guest suite, picking up a few toiletries and personal items from the shop at the end of the block, and was grateful she could use the on-site laundry to clean her clothes. After all, she had…

Issue 2.17 – Home for A Rest

“Here you go dear.” Hazel handed Deanna the dark roast coffee. Deanna’s eyes were red and puffy, Hazel wondered how long Deanna had been here. The two of them sat in Millie’s corner of the hospital room munching on Hazel’s scones and sipping coffee. “Thank you Hazel. You’re right, these scones are delicious! I would…

Issue 2.16 – All Alone

“Hello Deanna,” Hazel’s voice was shaky on the phone. She wasn’t sure what to expect. “This is Hazel, I’m returning your call. How is Millie?” Deanna took a deep sigh. “I wanted to call because I know how close you and mom are at the Manor.” Hazel could hear Deanna tearing up over the phone….

Issue 2.15 – Protocol

Hazel was patiently waiting at Millie’s door. She had knocked a second time and there was still no answer. Their 9:30 am yoga class was about to start, and with one of the elevator’s currently down, Hazel was worried about arriving late. The instructor usually placed latecomers at the back of the room, and Millie’s…

Issue 2.14 – Policy Decisions

The past week and a half saw a great deal of resident bickering and negotiations over smoking policies. In just ten days, the community had hosted a total of three Resident and Family Council meetings – the first to hear residents bring up concerns over the present situation, the second to present some options and…

Issue 2.13 – No Butts About It!

Hazel was frustrated. She had been out in the courtyard all morning tending to the flower beds, only to find that they had somehow morphed into permanent homes for cigarette butts. The more she raked at the mulch to gather them, the more she seemed to dig up. There were layers and layers of discarded…

Issue 2.12 – New Neighbours

“Well hello there!” Charlie greeted his new neighbours with a smile. They were busy working with a moving crew who were carrying the last few items into the suite. The gentleman gave an awkward smile back, but didn’t say much more. Inside, the man’s wife was doing her best to direct where everything was to…

Issue 2.11 – Senior’s Week at the Manor

It had been a busy Seniors Week at the Manor. Hazel enjoyed leading the daycare children in a milestone activity in the garden. While she had enjoyed working on all the flower beds and planters with her fellow residents, she and the gardening group had also worked with the site manager and daycare director on…

Issue 2.10 – Loneliness

Hazel was enjoying moving about the community freely without any hassle from Ruby and her friends. In fact, the group had splintered off into smaller pairings, affording Hazel more opportunities to get to know the ladies and interact pleasantly with them. She was also grateful to have Millie’s company again, not only to help with…

Issue 2.9 – A Proper Introduction

Hazel’s frustration with the group of gossips was growing. It had been a week since it all began. In that timeframe, Hazel had dealt with snickering behind her back, not being invited to participate in a number of group-led activities, and having to sit alone in the morning when she had her tea. Millie had…