It is no secret that since 2020, it has been a tough year for our residents and staff. We have spent countless hours cleaning, screening, and delivering meals to keep everyone safe. Virtual visits with families and friends have been commonplace. I am extremely proud of our COVID free status in the building.
Aging can be a difficult topic to address, not least because it is rife with personal fears and uncertainties about losing independence and loved ones while growing more isolated or lonely. As with most challenging topics, however, the best solution is to confront it head-on with openness and optimism.
Sometimes you need to consult with a healthcare provider, but there are barriers that prevent you from meeting them in-person. Maybe you don’t have a means of transportation or you simply don’t have the time and money to spend on traveling to the hospital or doctor’s office for a perfunctory visit.
It can be hard to muster much enthusiasm for cooking when you’re making meals for one. Why go to the trouble and expense of a three-course meal when a can of soup will do? It’s 6 p.m. and nothing sounds good, so you might as well settle for a cheese sandwich and a cookie – the same thing you had the night before.
Occasional loneliness is a natural part of the human condition and a common challenge of aging. You can expect it to hit you every now and then before fading away without leaving any sort of mark. Pervasive and chronic loneliness, however, can take a significant toll on your mental, emotional, and physical health and diminish your quality of life over time.
Many a wall hanging has been embroidered with the words, “Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, and dance like nobody’s watching.” Well, there is another expressive, creative activity that anyone can do, and it also will boost your spirits: writing.