"Wowzitude started with a problem. In 2020, my mom, Lucille Steiner, like many elders, endured a months-long lock down at her assisted living residence.
My brilliant, funny and engaging mom struggled with the anxiety of the pandemic's physical separation. Isolated from family and friends, she also dealt with the loss of in-person programs which connected her to her community. Like so many family members of long-term care residents, I was concerned about Mom's social and emotional needs.
A key benefit of quality communities is their commitment to provide compelling, engaging programs to help residents socialize and connect with peers. Mom and I saw the need for such programs to continue even with vital social distancing.
Mom and I share a lifelong love of travel, and were inspired to develop Wowzitude: a remote, community-based travel club, live-streaming interactive travel programs and tours, designed to encourage conversations, meet locals around the world, and explore or revisit destinations together, as a community.
The response was immediate - and positive. Weary after a torrent of bad news and divisive politics, families were delighted to have something positive to talk about with their loved ones. How exciting to experience community travel around the world together, sightseeing and speaking with locals in real-time!
Sadly, Mom passed away in July, recovering from COVID-19 that she had contracted in April. She continues to be my inspiration and role model. Mom always believed that life's purpose involved connections - sharing new experiences, ideas and conversations with others. We hope your community enjoys the wonder of Wowzitude."
With much gratitude,