In June of 2016, residents of each Schlegel Village were joined by community members on the green bench in their community for conversations across 13 cities in Ontario. On June 6th, 2017, 80 seniors from across Schlegel Villages joined approximately 500 youth at 16 schools in Ontario to share their wisdom with the students. In June of 2018, the Villages brouht the bench and seniors back out into the community visiting 15 cities across Ontario to sharing in conversations. Our #ElderWisdom campaign is designed to decrease ageism in our communities and bring awareness to the amount of wisdom seniors bring.
Ageism is a form of discrimination, particularly experienced by seniors. Our Elders have a great deal of wisdom to contribute to their communities. However, societal norms marginalize seniors, treat them with disrespect, make them feel unwelcome and otherwise generalize as if they were all the same.
It's easy to participate! Connect and learn from a senior. Whether it be a family member, a neighbour, a friend at a local retirement home, or someone in the community, they all have a story or a talent to share. Share your experience, a quote, or your learnings on social media using #ElderWisdom.
Visit elderwisdom.ca for more details, photos and posts about our annual campaign.
Looking for more information or how to get involved? Contact Ted.Mahy@schlegelvillages.com
#ElderWisdom In The News
#ElderWisdom to make the world a better place | Village Voice
101-year-old tackling ageism using #ElderWisdom bench | CBC Windsor
Brampton senior takes part in #ElderWisdom community visit | Brampton Guardian
Need Advice? Pop-Up Park Bench Invites You To Talk With A Senior | Toronto Storeys
Guelph seniors share some wisdom | Guelph Mercury Tribune
Green Bench Wisdom | Canadian Mennonite
#ElderWisdom: Seniors share their experiences | CTV Kitchener
Cherish Our Teachers and Discover the Wisdom of the Elder | Village Voice
#ElderWisdom Campaign Launches in Mississauga | Village Voice
Spreading the Wisdom in St. George’s Square | Guelph Today
Senior shares Wisdom at Waterloo Square | Waterloo Region Record
The Effects of Ageism on Quality of Life for Seniors | CARF International
#ElderWisdom Shared with Students to Mark Seniors Month | Schlegel Villages
#ElderWisdom Campaign Harnesses Great Untapped Resource | Schlegel Villages
#Guelph Seniors Share Wisdom! | Mayor Cam Guthrie
Seniors Share their Wisdom at Gore Park | Hamilton Spectator
Taking Aim at Negative Stereotypes about Older People | Kitchener Citizen (pg2)
1 Green Bench + 200 Conversations = A Successful Elder Wisdom Campaign | Senior Housing Forum
Learn more about the Wisdom of the Elder Signature Program and watch our Video