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Inclusive aging: Fort Simpson resident hoping to open seniors facility – APTN News

Jul 29, 2020

It may look like an ordinary house now, but Dennis Nelner has big plans to transform the property into Ama’s Home, a place for seniors in Fort Simpson, N.W.T.

It belonged to his mother, Madeline Nelner who lived independently into her 90s.

“This is my shrine to my mum here [holding up old photographs]. This is one I like especially with her fist in the air. She was always bound and determined to do what she sets out to do,” Nelner said.

Born opposite of Root River in 1927 off of the Mackenzie River in the N.W.T., Madeline Nelner encountered many hardships.

While she was working at Charles Camsell hospital in Edmonton, she contracted Tuberculosis and lost a kidney.

In her senior years she required dialysis, but like so many in northern remote communities, Madeline had to leave home and travel to Yellowknife for healthcare services.

Read More: https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/inclusive-aging-fort-simpson-resident-hoping-to-open-seniors-facility/