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Laurier House Lynnwood

Ed Adams, a resident at Laurier House Lynnwood, just turned 98.  “One never knows how old you will really get,” and even as he nears the century mark he continues to have great ideas, one of which is a 38 chapter memoir of his life’s learning’s and crazy coincidences.

As I sat and listened to Ed’s story I am again reminded of the wonderfully rich history we have in our centres. These are incredible pioneers who have done some pretty outstanding things which have shaped our community and our world.

Ed was a shy freckle-faced redhead who grew up in Winnipeg. After a stint of service during WWII he left his posting in Quebec and eventually moved to Edmonton where he worked for Canadian Pacific Airlines.  His keen interest in flying and instrumentation had him in charge of aeronautic instrumentation. However, this did not hold his interest for long, and he soon ventured out on his own, opening up Dominion Instruments on Jasper and 109 Street. Ed had two major inventions that had huge significance and impact on healthcare and industry. The first was the safety device that was used on the iron lung. Used primarily in the 50’s the iron lung was designed to help patients who had polio. However, there were frequent power or pump failures which put the patient at great risk, sometimes even fatally. Ed was asked by Dr. Nelson Nix to help solve the problem. And solve it he did. Within a few short days, Ed came up with a safety instrument that would quickly alert the nurses to any operational failures and give them enough time to make quick adjustments, ensuring the iron lung was recalibrated for safe operation. Many lives were saved because of this incredible safety invention.

Years and many inventions later, Ed received a call from Neil Armstrong. He had read about Ed’s latest patent of a system that tested underground tanks for leaks. When Ed received Neil’s call he actually paused for a moment, barely taking a breath. Was this the real Neil Armstrong? As the conversation continued, Ed realized how important his latest invention was. Neil was very interested in how it would positively affect the industry and wanted to help market it. The two teamed up and as Ed said, Neil’s great public presence “could sure open doors.”  This unique system is still used all over the world and bragged about as part of Alberta’s innovation history. (

The safety device for the iron lung was incredibly important, but the emissions monitoring invention was as Ed reflected, “smart as hell!”

CapitalCare Strathcona

On any given day you will see at least one member of this incredible family at CapitalCare Strathcona visiting their loved one Joseph Sarjas, a resident living with dementia. The whole family has become a welcome addition to the centre. 

Like many families, four years ago the Sarjas Family had to find a new home for their father Joseph as he could no longer stay in his home. They choose CapitalCare Strathcona because of its location near their own homes. Since then, the family has come together and has become very involved in the centre. This includes sitting on various committees and dedicating a lot of their time raising funds for the centre. The bonus - Joseph always has family around!The best piece of advice the family has to give for new families in the same situation is “it’s okay to get involved and it’s good to meet family members going through the same struggles as you.” Angela, Joseph’s daughter, says “Give where you live” cause Dad’s community is our community now.

CapitalCare Strathcona

I would like to thank you all for caring for my mother (Julie H.) over the four years she was at CapitalCare Strathcona. During her time there, Mom was very happy. I used to visit her two times a week and I noticed that Mom was starting to get her red cheeks back. She was happier and more at ease once I told her that she doesn't have to move anymore. I really like how the care staff and care managers take care of all the residents, with respect, love, and understanding.

Thank you
- David H.

 CapitalCare Norwood staff

I worked at CapitalCare Norwood for 24 years and my mother spent the last year of her life in that wonderful setting, first in palliative care where she received such wonderful care that she got well enough to be transferred to chronic care. Second, she moved to 4th floor in the Angus McGuggan pavilion where she lived her life close to the manner she enjoyed when in her own home. She was able to sew and knit in her room and received visitors, who were always impressed and let us know.

Keep up the great work and God be with you all!

- Lois G.



To Stella Dowle, Care Manager, CapitalCare CHOICE Mental Health

Since my mother started attending the CHOICE program, she has been much more stable and happy. Prior to attending this program, my mother was often very confused, depressed and quite unhappy. She would try to change her medication on her own or find doctors who would change her dosages for her. This always led to an emotional crisis for her and, as a result, for the rest of our family. Now with regular visits at the program, everyone's life has improved.

Recently I had the opportunity to visit mother while she was at a session and it was remarkable to see how smoothly it all works. Your staff is very outgoing and very comfortable with each patient. Each patient is respectfully treated as an individual who is known, not as a patient, but rather as a valuable individual.

We thank you all for the wonderful success the CHOICE program enjoys. It is a dream come true for our mother and family. Sincerely,

- Dorothy M

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