#ElderWisdom | Stories from the Green Bench

7. Ron Schlegel - Family business in Senior Living and more, stories from the Olympics and Innovation

January 5, 2021

Episode #7 | A look back, a look ahead, and a look inside with Ron Schlegel. The green bench concept and the Schlegel Villages Wisdom of the Elder signature program come from Ron's message about the importance of tapping into the wisdom around us.

"The greatest untapped resource in Canada, if not the world, is the wisdom of our elders."

What is wisdom? Learn about Ron's father, Wilfred, and the role model he was to him and his grandchildren. Senior Living as a family business and the roles of Ron's children, Jamie, Brad & Rob.

The design concept of Schlegel Villages retirement and long-term care homes in Ontario allows for a social experience and makes for life purpose and enjoyment. Learn a little bit about how this came to be and how the Villages get their names.

"It doesn't matter whether one is 35 or 85, we should be enjoying life to the fullest."

Advice to business leaders, a talk about servant leadership, and research to drive innovation. "It's not what we do, it is what we enable others to do."

Twin mix-up: Hear how Ron MacLean mistook Jamie for Brad during an Olympic Hockey final and more from the Olympics 1992.

"Be yourself, be true to yourself, don't try to be something you are not." - Ron Schlegel

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The Green Bench is a symbol of elder wisdom. Physically or virtually, the bench invites us all to sit alongside a senior, share a conversation, or give and offer advice.

It challenges the stigma seniors face; the ageism still so prevalent in society. It reminds us of the wealth of wisdom our elders offer and in doing so, helps restore them to a place of reverence.

"The greatest untapped resource in Canada, if not the world, is the collective wisdom of our elders." -Ron Schlegel

This podcast is brought to you by Schlegel Villages, retirement & long-term care homes in Ontario, Canada.

#ElderWisdom | Stories from the Green Bench is produced by Memory Tree Productions
 Learn more about our host, Erin Davis, at erindavis.com
 Learn more about co-host, Lloyd Hetherington
 Learn more about #ElderWisdom at elderwisdom.ca

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