Well known Williamsburg and area couple, Don and Melba Morrell say that living in Dundas County is made a whole lot easier thanks to the many services available and agencies such as the J.W. MacIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre, that make it easy to access them.
In 2004, Don and Melba decided to sell their home and move into Park Drive Village. “It was a big decision to move but not having to worry about the lawn and snow removal was a relief,” says Don. “Living in the apartment isn’t that much different. We come and go as we like, travelling around the country side.”
The Morrells, married 66 years, are well known in the local community having raised their four boys who were talented athletes as well as through their involvement in community dances and events through Don’s musical talent on the saxophone.
As most local folk know, Don played in area bands beginning when he was 15 years old. He travelled far and wide with various bands until he retired in 2000, at that time playing with his band known as the Don Morrell Band.
Following their retirement from their day jobs in 1994, volunteering became a big part of the Morrells’ daily lives. They drove for Meals on Wheels throughout rural South Dundas, and shortly after his retirement from band life Don teamed with Betty and Cliff Barkley to return to the musical stage and this time provide entertainment at various senior events throughout the area.
As the year’s moved along, Don and Melba found themselves in need of various services for their health and well-being and they discovered that the majority of their needs could be met with the services available right here in Dundas County.
In 2006, Don and the family realized that Melba was having some trouble with her memory. “I stopped into the Seniors’ Centre and asked for information on what services were available,” says Don. “They gave me the Alzheimer Society’s number and some brochures, and also mentioned the services that were at the centre.”
Since he contacted the Alzheimer Society, Don has attended their caregivers’ support group and Melba has been attending the weekly Adult Day Program at the Centre in Williamsburg.
“This gives Melba a day away from home and a break for me at the same time,” says Don with Melba adding that, “she enjoys the day. We have lots of fun.”
In 2008, when the MacIntosh Seniors’ Centre brought new services into Park Drive Villa and the apartment buildings adjacent to the Centre, Melba became eligible to receive assistance from the Supportive Housing Service.
In 2010, Winchester District Memorial Hospital initiated a Diabetes Education Team to go out into the community to give regular information sessions to persons with diabetes or pre-diabetes conditions.
A variety of topics are presented and Don and Melba, who is diabetic, attend regularly. “This has been a great help to attend the sessions and have questions answered,” says Don.
Don and Melba are planning to attend the Fall Wellness Day at the J.W. MacIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre in Williamsburg on October 3, and they are encouraging others, of all ages, living in the community to join them. “You never know what the future will bring,” says Don. “Come and see the organizations and mini presentations. It’s better to plan ahead.”