Whether you are active and living independently in your home, have a chronic
illness or need occasional or ongoing help from family, friends and professionals,
enjoying good health is possible when you take charge of your health. Four
Alberta seniors share insights on maintaining their best health with writer
Snapshots of health
Norgaard is the founder of a Calgary women’s
shelter and food bank, a long-time volunteer and
a breast, cervical and colon cancer survivor. She
lives independently in Bragg Creek.
Giving small dinner parties for friends and family
and playing bridge. I love to play bridge twice
a week. It gives me mental stimulation and
good conversation with people from diverse
Having to go to a nursing home and losing my
Absolutely excellent. I keep very active,
physically and mentally, and I am very healthy
emotionally. I’m inclined to buy and make good
meals, not be too excessive in anything, and I do
believe in having good fun. I like having parties
and going to parties.
Getting relief from sciatica (pain, tingling or
numbness in the sciatic nerve, which runs from the
lower back to the foot). The pain is excruciating
and so far, no one has come up with any real
solution. It hampers me from doing many things.
I don’t have any regrets.
It’s important to do as much as you feel like doing
and a little bit more. The more you do, the better
you feel. And if you can help other people in the
process, then it’s even better.
Do as much as you
feel like doing and a
little bit more.