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Not unlike anyone who might receive such a devastating diagnosis, Fern was simply overwhelmed. “I remember thinking at the time, my life is over. I had known people who had Parkinson’s and they seemed old to me.” Fern had no idea what to expect, but what she did know was that there was no cure and while the treatment will help symptoms for a period of time, the disease continually progresses to the eventual point where the treatment may not help. While evaluating how she would move ahead with this diagnosis, Fern was told by a friend about an exercise class offered by the Camrose Primary Care Network, specifically for Parkinson’s sufferers. “I called the PCN and spoke with Connie Harrison, the exercise specialist, and she just listened to me as I told her that I really needed to connect with her to help me move ahead and that I didn’t know what to do.” In January 2018, a short month after being diagnosed, Fern started the exercise group which she, along with a delightful and high-spirited group of others, attends twice weekly. “It’s been the best thing for me,” she smiled, thinking about the wonderful companionship she experiences with fellow attendees of the class. “I was drawing from their hope and support. It helped me know I could have hope, too; they were still laughing and enjoying life.” In a dark time in her life when she felt she had no hope, Connie and the participants of the Parkinson’s exercise class were her lifeline. “I felt like I was hanging on for dear life, but I was able to get my head above water.”

She could not say enough good about the wonderful support and work of Camrose PCN, specifically Connie, who Fern said has every one of the participants in her Parkinson’s exercise group leaving with a smile and a renewed sense of wellbeing, both physically and mentally. Fern’s determined nature and thirst for knowledge has also been a huge asset in this journey. “Throughout my nursing education, I was always a strong woman with a plan,” and having Parkinson’s would prove to be just another challenge for this courageous woman to take on. “I needed to work on making myself strong again,” she noted. So she likened this new path in her life to that of building a house. The four corners of this plan (house) which she needed to work on included eating the best diet, getting plenty of quality sleep, learning the true meaning of relaxation and practicing it and, finally, getting and staying active. “Research has shown exercise to be the best treatment for Parkinson’s.” Fern, herself, makes a point of getting as much exercise as possible, including her exercise classes and dedicated walking. To relax, Fern reads, works on computer brain exercises and has learned to be comfortable with silence. She carefully selects how she spends her energy and what situations and people provide her with energy as opposed to drawing it away. Like every structure, the corners require a solid foundation and, for Fern, her foundation was all about her Christian faith. “God is there and I really believe He will help me

through whatever is in my future.” Through gentle tears, she also spoke of the gratitude she has for the support that surrounds her. “I feel so grateful I have a wonderful husband, family and home and a community that cares. It’s all that I need right now.” Fern spends a great deal of time researching, reading and learning more about Parkinson’s disease and is grateful for the generous donations that assist in discovering more about how to manage the disease. “One of my biggest hopes is that more research will be done into the links between certain areas and the incidence of diseases, such as Parkinson’s. My sister was diagnosed with Parkinson’s the same time I was,” she noted. Her concern is that there may be a link to contamination in the soil or water, possibly from uncapped wells or the use of pesticides, to the epidemic rates of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and what it does to the quality of life. “As a group, it is important to help to understand and find answers and cures.” On a final note and with a warm smile, Fern said one of the positives that has come out of living with Parkinson’s is she has learned to let go of control. “It is so freeing to let the control go and let those around us help. No matter what, things will happen and things will line up. “It is just really sweet that I have finally learned that I can crawl under the table with my grandson or play trucks down the hallway.” Perhaps the lesson for us all is that time is not something we can bank; we should spend every single minute of it.

Royal birthdays

Morley Edward Riske July 12, 1935 ~ February 25, 2019 Morley was born on July 12, 1935, at Lamont Hospital, the only child of Edward and Lydia Riske. Morley grew up on the family farm near Bruderheim. He received his early education at Walker School from grades one through eleven, and took grade twelve at Lamont. Morley was baptized and completed his confirmation in the Bruderheim Moravian Church. When Morley was a teenager, his parents moved into Bruderheim due to poor health. On March 13, 1959, Morley married Mary-Duane Gottschlich at the Moravian Church in Edmonton where they were active members for many years. They were blessed with two children: Marilyn (1960) and Graham (1965). Morley continued his education, completing a B.Sc., M.Sc. and B.Ed. at the University of Alberta and a Ph.D. at the University of Calgary. Morley was a professor of biology at Augustana from 1959 to 1992. He rose to the rank of full professor in 1984 and retired as professor emeritus in 1992, an honour which came in recognition of his exemplary service to the university. Morley was one of the first to receive the Betty Ostenrud award for extraordinary care and service. Morley contributed in many ways to his community. For several weeks in the spring, he took elementary students on field trips to study pond life. He was often invited to present slide shows to Cubs, Scouts, Elderhostel and others to share his knowledge of the natural world. He guided many nature walks to observe birds. After retiring, Morley took up music. He sang in choirs throughout his life. Singing or playing sweet harmony was his gift. When he retired, he taught himself to play the saxophone, collected many, and enjoyed entertaining seniors. He played in several bands: community band, big band and other small ensembles. Music became his next career. He continued to play for seniors as long as he was able. Morley passed away peacefully on Monday, February 25, 2019 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Camrose, with his beloved wife Duane at his side. Morley is survived by his wife, Duane, of almost sixty years; son Graham (Amy); daughter Marilyn Fehr; six grandchildren Daniel, Andrew, Michael and Matthew Fehr and Emma and Gwen Riske. Morley is also survived by Duane’s three brothers Irvin, Murray (Pat) and Lee (Crystal); cousin Durwill; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from the Faith and Life Centre, University of Alberta Augustana Campus with Rev. Brian Hunter officiating. If family and friends so desire, memorial contributions are gratefully accepted to the Duane and Morley Riske Legacy Fund c/o Battle River Community Foundation. To send condolences, please visit

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The family of

Ordean Broen wishes to extend our personal Thank You: • To all who gave memorials for Ordean. • For wonderful food brought to my house. • To Dr. Nichol, Dr. Val Smith and Dr. Slabbert for your care of Ordean. • To the staff of St. Mary’s Hospital; Bethany Memory Lane; and Westview, Rosehaven. • For all your visits and prayers sent our way these past months. • To Pastor Bev from Messiah Lutheran Church, and Bart Orr from Burgar Funeral Home. • To Camrose Police Service for the honour guard. • Our heartfelt thanks for so much kindness and help shown to my family and I. – Lavona Broen and family

Submitted Camrose Royal Purple members celebrated Ruth Fleming’s (sitting) 95th birthday earlier this year with friends from left, Jean Lee, Pauline Gately, Marie Throndson, Verna Blumhagen, Florence Boden, Doreen Kelly, Marge Lynch and Marion Czapp.

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