Thoughts on positive aging, connecting elders with friends, family and community, and sharing tips for a longer, happier, healthier lifestyle.
"At her Mother's Assisted Living community, Ms. Black brought her skill set to bear on the problem of cancelled activities and isolation. She knows how to give presentations to both intimate and huge groups, she knows how to engage people, she knows how to read reactions in person and even online. It’s what she does."
"At New York City's 92nd Street Y, the membership-based Himan Brown Senior Program provides classes, social groups, and other resources to 650 senior citizens. The Arts Center at the 92nd Street Y considers retirees to be the core audience for daytime programming. Between the two, hundreds of in-person classes were held on a weekly basis. On Friday, March 13, all 200 of the Arts Center's classes went online."
"Many senior living activities programs ground to a halt when the Covid-19 pandemic forced residents to self-isolate in their rooms starting in March. But in the time since, providers across the country have come up with a range of ways to keep residents entertained and engaged — an effort that becomes increasingly important as the pandemic drags on."
"Framingham State University's Adventures in Lifelong Learning program is going online to provide those 60 and older a continued social outlet and learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The collaboration between Framingham State University and the Framingham Public Library will offer courses remotely during May and June using Zoom audio and video conferencing, although there will be an option to call in to the courses.
"Julie manages senior adult services for the Dorothy and Peter Brown Jewish Community Adult Day Program that is jointly operated by JVS Human Services and Jewish Senior Life. “We have a pretty diverse group. It’s open to the whole community. People are there in all stages of their dementia journey so our job is to reach them wherever they are and to really focus on not so much what they’ve lost but what they’ve retained,” she said. But closing down due to the health crisis was tough on the program’s regular participants. So Julie brought in-person activities online with interactive Zoom sessions. "I’ve talked to a couple family care partners who say that there's been quite a progression since we’ve closed and that these Zooms are a lifesaver for them because it’s giving them some time, and a lifesaver for the person because it’s keeping them connected, giving them some structure," she said.
"For a minute, last Thursday afternoon felt a lot like the Before Times: a bunch of friends toasting with glasses of wine, swapping stories from the week and singing a birthday serenade. The difference between this social hour and others? The participants were all at home, peering at each other on the screens of tablets or waving at their computer webcams. Coronavirus has taken away a lot, but it hasn’t stopped one group of senior citizens from getting together. There are over 300 members of the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC). When life was normal, the retired and semi-retired seniors would get together for classes at Lewis House on the Eckerd College campus. From Monday through Friday, they could take courses and attend discussion groups on topics like economics, law and foreign affairs."