Aged Care Narratives » Bridging friendships at Arcare North Shore
February 3, 2020
Written by Jamie Loh
A familiar face returned to the community of Arcare North Shore and it could not be better.
Volunteer Brian Johnson who is famously known as the ‘card man’ has once again graced the halls with his phenomenal card-playing skills.
His lucky opponent being none other than client Gaenor Delahenty.
The pair have become such good friends that Brian is looking to visit the residence more than once a week.
‘I’ve nicknamed him my husband,’ she jokingly says.
Their favourite game is Bridge and their innate competitiveness surfaces each week – all friendly rivalry, of course.
And from their regular Bridge games, they have been ‘bridging’ a strong friendship.
During each card-playing session, there’s always plenty of laughter as they swap stories of their ongoing adventures.
Gaenor enjoys learning more about Brian’s life in Canada and how Brian has been volunteering for decades.
Gaenor also expressed how incredibly happy she has been having Brian’s company and we cannot wait to see him more often in the activities room laughing with Gaenor.
Jamie Loh is Arcare's Community Marketing Officer for Queensland. Jamie joined the Arcare team in early 2019, stepping straight into her responsibilities which include communications with the broader community and some internal communications responsibilities. Jamie is a firm advocate for consistent, varied communications to help bridge the gap between those living in aged care residences and those living in wider communities. Jamie utilises a broad array of strategies to help improve messaging and boost brand awareness. Jamie is passionate about improving engagement between those who are enjoying their retirement in Arcare residences and family and friends who live in the wider community. She is always advocating for new methods of communicating, including new strategies and mediums. After graduating from Brisbane State High School in 2014, Jamie attended the University of Queensland where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications (Public Relations) and Arts (Japanese). During her time at the University of Queensland, Jamie attended an intensive exchange program at Waseda University in Tokyo for two months.