Revera Living Summer 2015 - page 9

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For 92-year-old Mary Bigney, who lives at Revera’s
Windermere on the Mount retirement community in
London, Ont., it all began with an iPod.
A long-time music lover, her son gave her the digital
music player a few years back. This kick-started a
fascination with – and expertise in – technology that
now has Mary using multiple online devices every day.
Mary shops, banks, watches Netflix and plays games
online, but says staying connected is the biggest
reward. “I have six grandchildren and two great-
granddaughters, and we share photos by email,”
says Mary. “I also use Skype. It really is wonderful.”
Mary is part of a growing trend, one that has prompted
Revera to introduce wireless internet connectivity at
all of its retirement communities. Across the country,
communities are also introducing internet or tablet-
based activities to their recreation programs.
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The Hollyburn House Gardening Club only
started last year, but their impact is growing.
With five raised gardening beds and personal
planters, this labour of love brings a chorus
of colour to this close-knit West Vancouver
community.
Corn in Coquitlam? A group of determined
resident gardeners at Parkwood Manor made
it happen in 2014, along with herbs like basil,
oregano, chives and thyme – all used by the
culinary team. Their vibrant container garden
also features flowers and in 2015, cherry
tomatoes.
Residents at Vancouver’s Crofton Manor help
guide the design of the community gardens
and have personal gardens right outside their
doors. Some residents have planters that they
and their family members fill and nurture for
display in the courtyards.
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To learn more about
Revera WiFi, speak
with your Executive
Director
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