Why are Seniors Segregated into Retirement Homes?

Helen is from Ireland and moved to Vancouver in 2012.  She is a Fine Arts and Business graduate.  She also successfully completed a certificate in Disability Studies as well as Dialogue and Civic Engagement, at SFU.  Helen is passionate about building community which includes inter-generational platforms.   Helen credits her grandmother for her ‘can do’ attitude.  Her grandmother was a community midwife who delivered her last baby at the age of 75 and contributed to her community through the rest of her life!  Helen has worked as an Activities Coordinator for Older Adults for more than 8 years.  

Listen in as Mary Dickau interviews Helen on her story and journey with seniors.

Why are you involved with working with seniors?  

Is there anything you are fearful in regards to aging?  

Questions from Helen:

Why are seniors segregated into retirement homes?

Is there another way to live and be in community with seniors?


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Mary Dickau
About the author

Mary Dickau offers Spiritual and Community Care for a community of more than 350 Older Adult residents at Beulah Gardens. Mary is an elder at Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, and her other job is facilitating an urban retreat called Stillpointe, where she hosts weekly rhythms of prayer and meets with people for Spiritual Direction and Healing Prayer. She is passionate about looking for the love and grace of God found within our shared stories and journey of life. Mary's family includes three adult sons, two daughters-in-law, a therapy dog named Bella and whoever walks in their door. Mary is a founding member of CHAT.
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