Long term care residents in Porcupine Plain are putting their own unique spin on the pin-up calendar for another year.
In 2016, RDNH residents and staff produced their first calendar which featured photos inspired by familiar quotes. This year, the calendar includes photos of residents in their younger years beside a present day photo.
Red Deer Nursing Home resident Ann Stadnek poses with her Christmas-themed photo in the 2018 calendar.
At 108 years old, Cliff Olson has the honour of being the oldest resident at Red Deer Nursing Home.
“We have a slideshow and residents get to see all of the photos and provide their input on what makes the calendar,” said Michele Paulson, Red Deer Nursing Home (RDNH) Recreation Coordinator, adding proceeds from sales support resident activities.
Lemonade was cheap and kisses were free in the photo featuring resident Gertie Melnychuk.
Resident Hazel Dzurka wore a wedding dress for her photo which featured her original wedding photo.
Resident Tom Carey got a chuckle out of the quote that was featured with his photo in the calendar.
The idea for this calendar originated from a calendar created in Kelvington in 2015.
“We had a ton of fun,” recalls Paulson, a former Kelvington staff member. The Kelvington calendar featured long term care residents in costume at an old school, museum, the hospital, and with horses, vintage snowmobiles and cars. Veterans posed in Legion uniforms, a group of centenarians with a life-sized cake, and one duo was even photographed in the tub.
“The ladies in the tub giggled about that for months. They had so much trouble getting the bubbles to stay in place,” said Paulson.