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 Jane had moved to an apartment approximately a block from our Centre some 15 years ago upon the death of her husband. As she rarely got out when her son was unable to assist her, he brought her to the Edmonton Seniors Centre (ESC) out of concern for his mother living in isolation with little social, mental or physical stimulation while he was at work or out of town on business. Shy, at first, Jane has blossomed over the years and has become well known to the staff and the Centre’s members and is a regular participant with us. Through the years Jane has remained active and a part of our ‘ESC family’ and although her heath is beginning to deteriorate, as she is now 93, she still partakes in our weekly sing-a-longs, chair zumba classes (which we encouraged her to take and she loves it), knitting club and our hot luncheon program. Recently the Centre has provided a four-wheeled walker for her as she has developed some stability problems. There is hardly a week that goes by where Jane doesn’t tells us, “ If it wasn’t for the Centre I would be living a very lonely life or I may not even be alive today” and when she asks us (as she usually does), “Why is everyone so kind to me, I must be a bother,” our response is always the same, “the reason everyone is so kind is because you’re a joy and you are not a bother - but a treasure.”

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