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Is It That Bad?

This year has been tough on everyone: the young and the old, the rich and the poor. The stock market crashed, people have fought over toilet paper (out of all things), and millions have been forced to quarantine at home. There was no way of predicting the catastrophic damage COVID-19 would have on the world, but here we are. Even with all the gloom and doom around us, there are still plenty of reasons to be grateful. If you are sitting reading this, then you have a right to be thankful. You are alive, breathing, and able to enjoy another day with the people you love. You have a roof over your head, access to the internet, and functioning eyes. You are blessed. There are people all over the world living in slums worried about this new deadly virus and whether they will have enough food to eat tomorrow. When you think things are in bad shape, others are suffering too. Do your best to find gratitude for the space that you’re in and the opportunity you have to make tomorrow better. Reach out to the people you love, send gifts to your loved ones living in assisted living facilities. But most importantly, tell the people that you genuinely care for that you love them. Now more than ever, keeping up with our communication and letting others know that they matter can help relieve some of the pain we are all living in. Do your part, be grateful, and take advantage of the day. Not all of them are promised. So, keep on showing up for your seniors, and please continue practicing gratitude. This crisis will be over soon enough.

If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, shelter in place and stay away from others or busy areas. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

OurSeniors.org is on a mission to reach out to isolated seniors in the local community. Help bring joy to their lives by donating or volunteering to visit a facility. A little mindfulness can go a long way. We hope you enjoy this winter season from our team at OurSeniors.org.

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How to Become a Great Gift Giver

Want to brighten up a senior’s day? Send them a personalized gift this Summer! Research shows that giving a good gift can improve your relationship. Since so many people are long-distance now due to Covid-19, nothing screams “I love you” like a gift. But what if you’re terrible at giving gifts? How can you be sure you’ll pick out something your senior will love? Below are a few sure ways you can become an expert at gift-giving:

  • Think longer term—how much value is the receiver going to derive from your gift over time?
  • Pay attention to the things they buy for themselves.
  • Figure out what you have in common with your loved one and buy a gift based on shared interests (pick out something you would like).
  • Pay attention during talks and take notes.
  • Discreetly ask them what they want (it’s not taboo).
  • Be straightforward, and don’t overthink it.
  • Ask a nurse within the facility for help.
  • Go for quality over price. Your loved one will not like it more based on the price alone.

Whatever you get your senior is up to you; make sure it comes from the heart. Receiving a surprise gift from the person you love is one of the best ways to make a senior feel special truly. So please give it some thought or ask for help. Regardless of what you choose to give your loved one, I’m sure they will deeply appreciate it. It’s the little things that matter most! So do your part and keep on showing up for your seniors. This crisis will be over soon enough.

If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, shelter in place and stay away from others or busy areas. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

OurSeniors.org is on a mission to reach out to isolated seniors in the local community. Help bring joy to their lives by donating or volunteering to visit a facility. A little mindfulness can go a long way. We hope you enjoy this winter season from our team at OurSeniors.org.

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Now is the Time to be Positive

Do you know of anyone profoundly suffering right now? Have you been staying in contact with your loved ones? During tough times staying together and supportive of the people closest to you is crucial. When things spiral out of control and it seems like the world is falling apart, even a hint of positivity can make us feel so much better. It’s natural for us to feel high levels of stress during this pandemic, but we must all do our best to remain in good spirits. Take the time to call your mother, aunts, and uncles. Do your best to be a positive light in the lives of all the seniors, you know. By being a positive outlet for the people you love, you in turn raise your spirits and help cancel out some negative. So, go ahead and give it a try. Call five seniors you know this week and send some light their way. Do your part and keep on showing up for your seniors. This crisis will be over soon enough.

If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, shelter in place and stay away from others or busy areas. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

OurSeniors.org is on a mission to reach out to isolated seniors in the local community. Help bring joy to their lives by donating or volunteering to visit a facility. A little mindfulness can go a long way. We hope you enjoy this winter season from our team at OurSeniors.org.

How to Inspire Others During Difficult Times

Have you been staying in contact with your loved ones? This crisis doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon and so many people are suffering. Though suffering happens all year long, during a widespread pandemic, we all become more attuned to the pain it causes on others. During these critical moments, being available and learning how to respond to someone who’s suffering can save someone’s life. Seniors are at such a severe risk for this new virus that naturally their fear, depression, and anxiety are unnaturally high. Do your part and take the time to inspire and motivate seniors to keep on moving forward.

Here are a few ways you can inspire others:

  • Have deep empathy for others
  • Foster equality
  • Openly express love and appreciation
  • Be an active listener
  • Tell inspiring stories

Just remember whatever you do keep on showing up for your senior. Please do not give up on them. You may not know what to say or what to do but showing up is half the battle. Call them, reassure them, and help them feel like everything will be ok.

If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, shelter in place and stay away from others or busy areas. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

OurSeniors.org is on a mission to reach out to isolated seniors in the local community. Help bring joy to their lives by donating or volunteering to visit a facility. A little mindfulness can go a long way. We hope you enjoy this winter season from our team at OurSeniors.org.

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Honor your Favorite Senior, with Heartfelt Love notes

Have you been staying in contact with your loved ones? Though this crisis doesn’t seem to be ending, we cannot give up on our seniors. Send some love to your favorite long-term care facility resident through a note. Notes are powerful tools that connect and help us share our stories with people who need it most. Even though you can’t visit your loved one in person, you can still mail or drop-off a message. These impromptu messages can brighten and change a senior’s outlook during this pandemic. You never know how a word might affect an older adult and help them stay connected to the outside world. Do your best to be as informative and creative as you can. You can include photos, stories, and even the surprise of a new addition to the family! Show some effort. The opportunity to share new stories and experiences with a senior is a blessing that many wish they still had. Honor and do not forget the older adults in your family during their time of need. Now more than ever, seniors need reassurance and protection. It is your responsibility like it was theirs to nurture, protect, and love them. Write them a note or create a virtual one! Every time you are passionately involved in a seniors’ life, you teach your children the importance of honoring your elders and continuing the chain.

If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, shelter in place and stay away from others or busy areas. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

OurSeniors.org is on a mission to reach out to isolated seniors in the local community. Help bring joy to their lives by donating or volunteering to visit a facility. A little mindfulness can go a long way. We hope you enjoy this winter season from our team at OurSeniors.org.

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Do Not Give Up on Your Family

Having a loving parent or grandparent living in a nursing home can sometimes feel like an inconvenience. You have to schedule time out of your busy work week to drive there, monitor their care, and convince the rest of the family to visit while managing your own life! But the care you give to your loved one does not go unnoticed. Every moment you spend with them is a reminder that the investment they made in your life when you needed them, most is remembered. When you learned how to tie your shoes, they were there. If you needed to be picked up for a ride to school, they were there. The opportunity to share new stories and experiences with your family is a blessing that many wish they still had. Honor your family, and do not forget them during this significant time of need. Now more than ever, seniors need reassurance that everything is going to be ok. It is your responsibility like it was theirs to nurture, protect, and love you. Visit them regularly, bring them care packages, and schedule virtual visits. Every time you are passionately involved in a seniors’ life, you teach your children or siblings, the importance of family staying connected. Make an effort, and don’t give up on your family.

If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, shelter in place and stay away from others or busy areas. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

OurSeniors.org is on a mission to reach out to isolated seniors in the local community. Help bring joy to their lives by donating or volunteering to visit a facility. A little mindfulness can go a long way. We hope you enjoy this winter season from our team at OurSeniors.org.

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How to Stay Active When Sad

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, staying motivated is becoming harder. Remaining positive when our future looks bleak can be delusional. But regardless of the events around you staying motivated and active is the key to living a healthy and happy life. We cannot let the days pass us by in a blur. Get up and switch up your routine by introducing some fresh new activities to your day-to-day.

A perfect way of getting started is by setting short achievable goals or snack-sized goals! A snack-size goal can be like dancing for 20 minutes in your room three times a week while watching your favorite YouTube videos. If 20 minutes seems like too long, then break it down even further. Whatever goal you set is up to you, make sure you’re doing something you love, that you write it down and place it somewhere as a daily reminder. According to neuroscience, writing down your goals will make you even more likely to achieve them!

If you want to make the new plan stick, find an accountability partner nearby, like a nurse or a friend! By having someone who cares about you holding you accountable, you’re even more likely to succeed. Remember that regardless of what you do or how you do it, the most critical part about goal setting is your discipline and sense of growth. If you miss a day, do not throw in the towel, start again tomorrow. So, take some time for self-care and reward yourself whenever you reach a milestone, it will keep you healthy, happy, and full of joy.

If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call your nearest medical facility and seek care immediately. If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, shelter in place and stay away from others or busy areas. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

OurSeniors.org is on a mission to reach out to isolated seniors in the local community. Help bring joy to their lives by donating or volunteering to visit a facility. A little mindfulness can go a long way. We hope you enjoy this winter season from our team at OurSeniors.org.

Stay in Touch

The number of COVID-19 cases in Florida is rising. If you have a loved one living in a long-term care facility, staying connected now is more important than ever. Please make time to connect. There are plenty of ways of staying in touch with a senior through applications like FaceTime, Houseparty, and Zoom. You can call your loved one and connect them to other family members and people they love. Make it a goal to figure out new ways to reach out. Brighten your loved one’s day by showing effort and being creative.

Below is a list to help you get started.

  • Have a video chat movie night through Netflix Party.
  • Record a read-aloud for seniors who have trouble reading (extra points if the whole family helps read-aloud the story).
  • Have a virtual craft day together and mail each other the results.
  • Make them a playlist on Spotify or Apple Music with all of their favorite songs.
  • Send them greeting cards from every new place you visit.
  • Make a greeting card keepsake book and mail it.

There are so many creative ways to stay in touch. I hope this list inspires you to give at least one of them a try. Though physical restrictions should be strictly enforced, staying connected is just as important. Do not forget about your senior! Stay in touch and fill their life with never-ending love. Take care.

If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call your nearest medical facility and seek care immediately. If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, shelter in place and stay away from others or busy areas. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

OurSeniors.org is on a mission to reach out to isolated seniors in the local community. Help bring joy to their lives by donating or volunteering to visit a facility. A little mindfulness can go a long way. We hope you enjoy this winter season from our team at OurSeniors.org.

There’s a Resurgence

The number of COVID-19 cases in Florida is higher than ever! If you have a loved one living in a long-term care facility, it will be a while before you can visit them in-person. Though a barrier and a pandemic are between you, there are still plenty of ways to connect. Brighten your loved one’s day by showing effort and searching for creative ways to connect.

Below are a few suggestions to help you get your creative juices flowing:

  • Create a physical or virtual photobook to update your loved one the family’s recent activities (click here to create a free photobook).
  • Schedule a window visit by setting up a time with the facility, where you will “meet” and stand outside the facility’s window while your loved one stands/sits safely on the other side of that window).
  • Send handwritten cards through the mail from everyone in your family (click here for a short example).
  • Chat through apps like Facebook Messenger, House Party, or Zoom.
  • Drop off a care-package (include items like a Netflix/Amazon/Disney+ movie subscription, personal hygiene items, or books/magazines).
  • Call them regularly or even set up a chain call (a call with a group of family members all on the same line).

These are only a few of the countless things you can try to keep an active connection between you and your loved one. Remember, physical restrictions should be strictly enforced to save hundreds of seniors’ lives, but do not forget about your senior! Continue practicing social distancing and remain emotionally close to the people you love. Take care.

Readers, if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call your nearest medical facility and seek care immediately. If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, shelter in place and stay away from others or busy areas, for the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

OurSeniors.org is on a mission to reach out to isolated seniors in the local community. Help bring joy to their lives by donating or volunteering to visit a facility. A little mindfulness can go a long way. We hope you enjoy this winter season from our team at OurSeniors.org.