PrimeTime Magazine Spring 2020 - Page 7

Richibucto girls and heard the same story. The staff is kind and caring, temperatures are taken every day, the dining room is closed with food delivered to the rooms by staff wearing masks and gloves, however residents are encouraged to walk outside on the grounds. “At this time, the rules are very strict, but it’s necessary,” says Doris. Adds Bella, “It gives me peace of mind. Everyday I wake up and I thank God I’m here.” That attitude of gratitude combined with inner resourcefulness is helping the ‘Richibucto Girls’ cope successfully during the pandemic. They keep up with the news, they entertain themselves reading, listening to music, doing crossword, suduko and jigsaw puzzles, walking on the grounds, birdwatching and going on the treadmill in the gym, wiping it clean before and after each use. And they continue Friday night card games — six feet apart. “It’s important to stay active and interested,” says Irene, a former downhill skier who walks three times a day. Simone echos her. “The secret of surviving is to keep your mind busy. Ten years ago, I started to write the story of my life and travels, and I put it aside, but now it’s a good time to do it.” Meanwhile Bella is re-writing My Labor of Love, a book she wrote about lessons she learned growing up in a loving family and working in a nursing home. Plus, she’s changed the words to ‘Richibucto Girls’. Now instead the four are singing ‘Parkland all the way, God bless us every day.’ “I try to be a good friend,” Bella says, “We all do.” The #1 choice for Retirement Living in Atlantic Canada Our modern campuses offer an active and social atmosphere with a variety of activities and amenities. For those who may require some extra help, Parkland Retirement Living offers a continuum of lifestyle options in a supportive environment. It’s about living your best life. Parkland Riverview ・ 822 Coverdale Road, Riverview, NB To arrange a personalized tour call Alison Baxter at (506) 387-7770 SUMMER/ÉTÉ 2020 PrimeTime 7