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Our Hearts Are Heavy – Let’s Creatively Connect

We are certainly living in strange times with the situation being uniquely different for each of us. We have never experienced the cancellation of so much of regular engagements with our family and friends.  The days of quarantine have affected us all but none more than our seniors whom we shelter from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The experiences seniors have endured are varied but we hear about feelings of boredom and loneliness.  

“What am I to do with myself?” 

“I can’t see my family.  Talking on the phone is not like seeing them in person.” 

“I don’t like living like this.”

Although AgeWise has lost direct contact with some of our clients due to the CDC guidelines for senior communities, we believe that connection is more important than ever!

According to the National Institute on Aging, “social isolation and loneliness in older people poses health risks.  We are social creatures and connection to others enables us to survive and thrive.” 

Creative thinking is needed! We must use it to our advantage! Consider these “connection” projects/activities:

  • Organize and schedule regular phone calls from family members and friends – make sure to have upbeat, meaningful topics to engage your senior – recall fond memories, relay “good news” stories from the community or inform them of upcoming interesting TV shows to watch. If equipped, use FaceTime or Zoom calls to personalize the contact.
  • Send or drop off reading materials and music – books, magazines, audio books, CDs. Alexa/Siri voice activated technology for music/books may be an option.
  • Write letters, send cards – ask friends and family to write letters or send cards (they can be handmade!). If your loved one(s) have a special day coming up, think about organizing a “Card Party” for them.
  • Drop off or have delivered a special snack, dessert or favorite meal (comfort food and home cooking – what a delight!!!)
  • Visit the resident’s window, with permission, and do an activity together – stretching, yoga, art project, reading a book, playing cards (dealer can run the show)…

Our hope is that through creative connection, we will add a little bit of “umph” to our loved one’s day.

As long as there is life there is happiness. There is a great deal, a great deal still to come. – Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

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“AgeWise staff have been a delight to work with for a number of years. They have been integral team members in caring for four senior adults in my family. They have dealt with difficult situations with intelligence and sensitivity. We know we can count on them to assess needs ranging from Alzheimer's care to end of life issues and help provide compassionate solutions. AgeWise staff have gone above and beyond to assist my family.”
2015-08-30T22:42:03+00:00
“AgeWise staff have been a delight to work with for a number of years. They have been integral team members in caring for four senior adults in my family. They have dealt with difficult situations with intelligence and sensitivity. We know we can count on them to assess needs ranging from Alzheimer's care to end of life issues and help provide compassionate solutions. AgeWise staff have gone above and beyond to assist my family.”
“… is very competent, goes the extra mile and very dependable which is hard to find.”
2015-08-30T22:39:44+00:00
“… is very competent, goes the extra mile and very dependable which is hard to find.”
“AgeWise was a godsend. They are very knowledgeable and skilled in working with people with mental health issues. She did a super job holding my family member's and my hand throughout the process. She was very sensitive to managing the cost of her services and at the same time delivered excellent value. AgeWise exceeded my expectations.”
2015-08-30T22:40:16+00:00
“AgeWise was a godsend. They are very knowledgeable and skilled in working with people with mental health issues. She did a super job holding my family member's and my hand throughout the process. She was very sensitive to managing the cost of her services and at the same time delivered excellent value. AgeWise exceeded my expectations.”
“I’ve worked closely with the AgeWise team in my role as private duty care manager/Apartment nurse at a retirement community. Because of the competent and compassionate service they provide, I highly recommend them to you and would personally use them if my family member needed care management.”
2015-08-30T22:42:39+00:00
“I’ve worked closely with the AgeWise team in my role as private duty care manager/Apartment nurse at a retirement community. Because of the competent and compassionate service they provide, I highly recommend them to you and would personally use them if my family member needed care management.”
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2015-08-30T22:43:12+00:00
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“AgeWise has the gift of striking just the correct and proper balance between caring, being your client's advocate, and yet effecting change in a professional manner for the children who live at a distance.“
2015-08-30T22:40:53+00:00
“AgeWise has the gift of striking just the correct and proper balance between caring, being your client's advocate, and yet effecting change in a professional manner for the children who live at a distance.“
“Again, I am so impressed with the services you are offering and the way you impact lives. You have a calming, caring, confident, and very real spirit that makes the difficult conversations easier. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
2015-08-30T22:44:59+00:00
“Again, I am so impressed with the services you are offering and the way you impact lives. You have a calming, caring, confident, and very real spirit that makes the difficult conversations easier. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
“I highly respect her for her kindness, diligence, intelligence, resourcefulness, courage, and just plain hard work. I do not know where I would be without her. I would recommend AgeWise with high honors.”
2015-08-30T22:41:24+00:00
“I highly respect her for her kindness, diligence, intelligence, resourcefulness, courage, and just plain hard work. I do not know where I would be without her. I would recommend AgeWise with high honors.”