Remember: age is just a number! Earlier this month, a senior from the United Kingdom finally fulfilled his boyhood dream of skiing. The 92-year-old man thoroughly enjoyed his skiing trip, showing everyone that dreams can always come true, no matter the age or circumstances!
Making His Boyhood Dream Come True
Robert “Bob” Trulocke is a 92-year-old who lives in a senior living facility in the U.K. However, he does not let his age get him down. So, proving how young he is at heart, Trulocke recently went skiing for the first time in his life!
Trulocke has dreamed of skiing ever since he was a little kid. However, that dream never came true. Once, he came close! Many moons ago, Trulocke and his wife, Renee, were camping in Switzerland, and they were in a ski resort – but it was summer. When the staff members and residents at the Care UK’s Millers Grange senior living facility heard about Trulocke’s dream, they knew they needed to make it come true. Soon enough, they were all working hard on making a decades-old dream come to fruition!
The “Wishing Tree” Granting Wishes
The entire adventure began when the Millers Grange staff put up a “Wishing Tree,” an initiative created to encourage the residents to keep dreaming and trying things, even if they think they’re “too old.” Once the staff saw Trulocke’s wish, they knew they had to make it come true.
Afterward, the staff reached out to a local indoor ski slope, Snozone, which rent out accessible ski gear for the elderly or disabled. Last week, the facility brought Trulocke to the ski slope, and he could not believe his eyes! These days, Trulocke uses a walker to get around. However, on the slopes, without his supports, he looked like a kid again! Snozone provided a sled, which allowed the 92-year-old to sit down on it as he sped down the indoor slope.
As you might imagine, Trulocke absolutely adored the experience. “[It] made me feel like I was living once more. It made me feel alive again,” he said afterward.
“Age Doesn’t Have To Hold You Back”
During his incredible adventure, Trulocke’s eyes shined with joy. Now, the 92-year-old cannot wait to return to Snozone and hit the slopes once again. Afterward, he thanked everybody involved and hoes his story will show people that anything is possible. Even Trulocke had thought he would never go skiing! “Age doesn’t have to hold you back from your dreams, and I hope I proved that today,” he said.
And Trulocke is not alone. At the Miller’s Range senior facility, it’s very important for the staff to create a safe, yet creative and fulfilling environment for the residents. They say that moving into the assisted living facility is “actually the start of a new journey. And the only thing that should change when somebody moves into a care home is their postal code.” What great way to look at it! Hopefully, more senior facilities can bring the same care and attention to their residents.