Susan Strasberg, the youngest actress to star on Broadway and enjoy marquee exposure when she played the lead role in Diary of Ann Frank in 1955 at age 18, once said about her grandparents, “I loved their home. Everything smelled older, worn but safe; the food aroma baked itself into the furniture.
There is something about our grandparents’ homes that is comforting – not just for us but for our elderly loved ones, especially as they age. As we celebrate Grandparents Day on Sunday, September 13, think about your grandparents, the reassuring spaces they call home – and the many community champions out there that help our seniors to live safely in familiar territory as they age.
For instance in Calgary, Alberta – the City of Calgary Fire Department, Calgary Seniors and Calgary Meals on Wheels have teamed up to keep elderly residents safe in their homes, delivering fire safety and fall prevention messages via local presentations and home visits. Devoted elderly advocates with the Calgary Fire Community Safety Division, Calgary Wheels on Meals and Calgary Seniors recently applied for – and were approved - to attend the 2015 Remembering When Scholarship Conference in Orlando, Florida in November. Remembering When is a Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults developed by NFPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Representatives from Calgary will join teams from across North America to learn how to implement the Remembering When fire and fall prevention program. After the conference they will return to Calgary even more prepared to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible.
Thanks for looking out for the grandparents of Calgary. And to all the grandparents out there – enjoy your special day!