When she was younger, Shirley
Reid sang in a four-part harmony
group, taught her children to do the
Charleston and swing dance, and
loved to redecorate. “She was always
on the go,” says her daughter, Carole.
In some ways, she still is. Shirley, 78,
lives at Revera’s West Oak Village
in Oakville, Ont. In July, she and
Carole were among a Revera team
participating in the Big Bike Challenge
for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
The event calls for teams of 29
enthusiastic riders on each big bike.
Riders pedal to support heart disease
and stroke research.
Shirley has Alzheimer’s disease. After
living with another daughter for 20
years, Shirley moved to West Oak
Village in late 2013. Carole is on
the family council there and visits
She loves to walk, sing and dance.
Often, we’re seen doing the
Charleston,” says Carole. “She gets
involved in as many of the activities as
possible, which is what led us to the
The move has been positive for the
whole family, says Carole. “She was a
real class act – and still is. For me now,
Mom is happy, and I am building the
greatest personal memories.”
Return of the Song & Dance
The cycle of life:
Heart and Stroke
mom and daughter
pedaling for a cause.