Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Dollar Tree is Worth the Risk!

 


A couple of months ago, I took care of my grandchildren while their parents celebrated their Anniversary. Reneya, my 8-year-old granddaughter and I share a favorite tradition: Going to Dollar Tree!

When Reneya asked me to take her, I was very hesitant because I've been ultra-careful about social distancing.  I hadn't even been stepping foot in a grocery store. (Online Shopping is awesome!) In fact, I was even a little tentative about babysitting, but we all have to weigh the risks of catching the virus and when it comes to helping my kids and grandkids, I'm going to take the risk.  But, I was not crazy about taking the risk to go to Dollar Tree.

Still, Reneya told me she'd pay with her own money and she really, really, really, wanted to get some things so she could make some miniature knick-knacks for her dolls.  We got our masks and safely made the trip and we were all very happy.  

I'd completely forgotten that Reneya had said she'd pay for what she bought until I babysat again last weekend and she gave me a Thank You note with a $5 bill. The note was so cute!

I told her how thoughtful and generous it was of her to write me the thank you note and pay me back from her allowance and how my own Grandma used to tell me when you are generous and give to someone else, it always comes back to you two-fold.  Then, to prove it, I said we could go to Dollar Tree and she could get $10 worth of goodies!

Wow! Was she ever grateful! She said  'Thank you' SO many times and she was so excited by the loot we found.  We even stopped to have lunch at Panera and got some delicious bundlets to celebrate both kids' birthdays. Other than the masks, the world seemed somewhat normal again. Actually, it was better than normal. 

It's true, that I took a little more risk than usual, but we all do that when we get into the car and drive every day (especially me, since I'm not exactly a super-confident driver.)  I tend to be an overly-cautious rule-follower, but my Agile training has helped me recognize that you have to ask why the rule is there and look at the specific context.  Each person's situation will be different.

In my case, I'm very healthy and unlikely to die if I catch the virus. I know I can comfortably self-isolate after a weekend with my Grandkids, so I can feel confident that I won't spread it.

As I've started re-emerging in the world, I'm figuring out my boundaries..  where I'll go, who I'll socialize with, how I'll behave. It's hard to be with groups of more than a couple of people because it seems like people start loosening up with the distancing guidelines.  It feels very awkward to be the only person of a group of family and friends wearing a mask and not touching or hugging.  I was in this situation at my Grandson's birthday party last month, when I was the only one wearing a mask.  It felt like I was at a High School party and I was the only Goody Two Shoes that wasn't drinking beer. (Yes, I WAS that person in High School.)  It was very tempting to give into the familiar feeling of wanting to go along with group norms and take off the mask and join in the hugs...  but there were several people older and more vulnerable than me at that party so I awkwardly resisted. (However, it helped that I have a really cool light-up mask.)

Others are making their own decisions based on their health, the people they're seeing, their jobs, their families, etc. What works for us might not work for others. Another behavior that I'm trying to live by is to not judge others and to not worry what they might be thinking about my choices, as long as I'm good with them.

I get that it might not be true for everyone, but for me, a Dollar Tree date with my grandkids is totally worth the risk! (They really do have amazing stuff there for only a dollar!)







Saturday, July 25, 2020

AARP Movie Night: Lives Well Lived


Last night I was inspired, and, for once, almost excited, about getting older, by the movie Lives Well Lived, put on by AARP's Movie for Grownups series.

Watching the stories of these elders made me realize what an easy life I've had. I know we're in the midst of a pandemic, but hearing stories of people who were impacted by Hitler and Stalin and the challenges that they and their families endured makes me feel so grateful that the biggest challenge in my life right now is the inconveniences of self-isolation.

Seeing the energy and hearing the stories from these upbeat seniors is a good reminder that life can be wonderful, and also difficult, at every age. One woman talked about moving to France after her kids were grown and that gave me renewed excitement about the extended traveling abroad I want to do when I can!  In the mean time, it's fun to plan! (And learn Spanish!)

All of the seniors offered up words of wisdom about living life fully, with kindness and grace.. messages we all hear often and wonder if we'll still be able to do that as our bodies and minds start to decline. It certainly gave me hope and renewed motivation to keep practicing all of those healthy habits.

There was one couple who talked about finding each other... I think in their 70's. I know I go back and forth about whether or not I want to find another partner, and have often thought that I'm happier single.  But in the movie, the woman talked about how happy it made her to share life's joys with a partner and I did think: Yeah...  I really do miss that.

Sharing life's joys and challenges... that's so important for a happy life. And there's nothing better than sharing those with an intimate partner..  after all, that's what creates intimacy, right? But if you don't have an intimate partner, then we can still share those ups and downs with our friends, family, and people in our lives.  But yeah, I'm really missing those face-to-face connections right now.

How about social media? I keep reading it actually makes us lonelier, but I love having a place to share things that make me happy and reading about what's happening with others.

So  I'm going to try and get back into the habit of sharing more happy things every day.. and hope to follow the wisdom from these sages about how to live well each day.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Love in the Time of Corona



This is not my typical blog post. I normally don’t talk about my love life anymore. Granted, that’s because I don’t have much of a love life. But sometimes, life throws you a curveball.. Or a corona-virus.. And the unexpected happens.

My last blog post ended with a cliff-hanger! After safely sheltering in Sarasota (my snowbird sweet-spot), I was preparing for a road trip back home to Colorado, to be taken with a man I’d never met!

I can understand why taking a 4-day road trip with a man who I’d only virtually met (from an online dating site, no less!) during a pandemic would raise some eyebrows.

First of all, there’s the question of why I was even on match.com when I really hate online dating.  Here’s the answer: In my 17 years post-divorce, some of my best friends are guys who I originally met from online dating.  “Though romance is a nice fantasy,” I put on my profile, “friends with possibilities is much more likely.”

Once the lockdown began, the last thing on my mind was dating, and I was happy to have the excuse to not meet anyone because of the pandemic. In “normal” times, there’s always the annoying voice in my head pressuring me to “get out there,” but thanks to Corona, I was able to stay home, indulging my inner-nerd with virtual happy hours and Netflix.

However, Gregg charmed me with his wit and playful emails, and I admit, I’m a sucker for a skillful writer with a good sense of humor. I insisted that I was only interested in friendship, and Gregg agreed to be my “virtual man friend” rather than “boyfriend.” (We both thought “boyfriend” was a ridiculous term for people of our age, anyway!)

There were so many reasons we could not be in a romantic relationship…  We lived in different states, he was nowhere close to retiring, and there was a pandemic going on. We probably wouldn’t even be able to meet in real life! Gregg also hadn’t even dated since his divorce, one of the many “red flags” in my book.  And yes, I know I have plenty of my own red flags which I won’t mention, because I like to give the illusion that I’m perfect.

Once romance was off the table, it was a little easier to share all the stuff we normally wouldn’t put on a match.com profile. Gregg bought my book, “The Laptop Dancer Diaries” (Oh dear, very embarrassing!) and he sent me and Becky CDs of music he’d written and had published in his younger days (Impressively talented! - Now that’s something he should share on his profile!) 

Becky and I listening to Gregg's music

Gregg teased me that I had a lot to learn about romance and I teased him that he had a lot to learn about technology… seriously, he couldn’t get his camera working on our first zoom call? Suspiciously “convenient”..  Luckily he figured it out or that would have been the final red flag! 

Gregg wanted to meet (take a socially distanced walk?) but I did not want a meeting to “assess chemistry.” I get that it’s important to do that, if you’re going to “date” but what’s the point of assessing chemistry if you know you’re not going to date? I hate that judgmental part of dating, and honestly, my chemicals are not reacting much to anyone these days. It was a relief to not worry about whether or not he was physically attracted to me, either.

There was one virtual call where I did dress up, though. I was taking part in the GISH Scavenger Hunt, and one of the missions was to dress to the nines and have a virtual kiss on a zoom video call! I quickly grabbed that mission and Gregg agreed to help me achieve the goal! He even sang one of his songs for me and I have to admit, the whole experience was sweet and endearing, romantic and nerdy all at the same time. Despite myself, I was starting to get hooked.



When it was getting close to the day I needed to drive home to Colorado, Gregg was frustrated that we might never meet. I told him if he were retired, maybe he could drive with me, and he surprised me then by saying he could get off work and help me drive home, if I wanted him to.

Though I had a lot of mixed feelings about this, I decided to take Gregg up on his generous offer. I’m a nervous driver and it’s about a 30-hour drive.  By this time, Gregg and I had talked for hours and he knew about my weird idiosyncrasies (he read my book, after all) and I trusted him completely. But this would mean stepping out of the “safety” of a virtual relationship. There was both the potential of being exposed to the coronavirus and even more worrisome for me, there were risks of the heart.

I am SO glad I said, ‘yes,’ to this offer.  Despite my typical overly-cautious self, especially with anything related to dating, I decided to live by the mantra I’m always touting: Seize the Day. (Actually almost a week!)  What would have been an extremely stressful, long, lonely, scary drive turned out to be one of the most enchanting adventures I’ve ever had.

I worried about the first meeting, not wanting there to be any awkward disappointment if we were different than imagined. I asked Gregg if we could wear costumes or masks and I’d video the “big reveal.” It turns out he looked Super HOT! (Who wouldn’t be in this getup?)


There was no awkwardness. Gregg looks better in person than on zoom calls. And we never ran out of things to talk about! We probably shared more in those four days of driving than we’ve ever shared with anyone else. I wouldn’t normally reveal all of my weirdnesses. But it was OK, because Gregg was sharing, too. (And, again, we’d already shared a lot back when we thought we’d never meet.) 

We’ve both been through a lot  -  deaths, heartbreaks, problems with health, finances, family, jobs, rejections, disappointments.  We talked about good stuff, too. Love, pride in our children, overcoming hardships.  We agreed that we each have lived a full, good life. A full life is going to come with “baggage,” but maybe that’s not such a bad thing. We’ve learned from all of those experiences.

Since we both like to write, we talked about co-writing a sequel to my book. It would be sort of a When Harry Met Sally in their 60’s,  post-divorce and in the midst of a pandemic. (I’m very hesitant about this because one embarrassing book is enough.)

Whether we write any more about it or not, though, it is the stuff of fairy tales and romcoms. Gregg drove almost the whole way without complaint. (He kind of insisted after he’d experienced a couple of hours of my driving..) This was such a relief since there was a lot of heavy rain which totally freaks me out, so he may have literally saved my life.

Entering Colorado!


He also brought wine, cheese, fruit, and music for our evening Happy Hours and one evening gave me a necklace with “Y” and Pi Symbol charms - another example of his thoughtful catering to my geeky personality. After we got to my house, he went out to get food and came back with roses.

Gregg’s sweet protection, his thoughtfulness, and his vulnerability opened up my heart after all. (He IS a master at romance!) Little by little, I realized that behind all of those red flags and barriers that I put up, we’re just two people who want to be loved. Life is short and I don’t want to spend what’s left of it protecting myself from heartbreak.

In the Epilogue of The Laptop Dancer Diaries I’d written in the last paragraph:

“Love like a child that’s never been hurt. Reach out your arms and give of your heart. Trust that whether it lasts for a minute or for a lifetime, it will be worth it.”


Totally worth it.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Something Good: My safe haven and my "Earth Angel" friend, Becky



About 3 months ago, I headed out from my home in Colorado to continue my "Snowbird Experiments" which included spending March and April in Sarasota, Florida.  Admittedly, this was an escape.. not just from the Colorado cold, but from some family problems I was having at home.

Never had I imagined that I'd be "hunkered down" with my new friend, Becky, during a "lockdown."  We'd just met last summer and I wouldn't really want anyone to feel stuck with me as a 24x7 visitor! And, let's face it, I'm very independent, so there aren't too many people who I can think of who I'd want to be sequestered with! But Becky turned out to be my own personal "Earth Angel" (Read on...)

Becky's townhouse became my new cozy home and Becky, her little dog, Jack, and gender-confused parrot, PacoPita, became my new little family. Becky's "zoom friends" became my "zoom friends" and mine became hers as we hosted virtual dance parties, birthday parties, and get togethers.

Becky and I have a lot in common..  an interest in language, communication, writing, and coaching. I was thrilled when Becky agreed to be my "guinea pig" for my "Agile in Every Day Life Experiments." 

Our 8 weeks of coaching one another on the goals we set each week worked out better than I could have imagined.  We each made great progress on our respective personal projects, learning, reflecting, and adapting over time.

But probably most helpful for me were the long walks we had, often around sunset. Becky is an awesome listener and a wise yogi.  She'd listen as I'd ramble on about my day, challenging me or commending me for my coaching of her. We both learned and grew as coaches and friends. 

During my time in Florida, I also met a new "virtual male friend," Gregg, who agreed to help me with the drive back to Colorado.  Yeah.. that's right, I'll be driving home with someone I never met face-to-face, and yeah, I've had a lot of anxiety about that, and yeah, Becky and I (and Gregg and I) have had way too many "therapy" sessions about this. But, in my overly-cautious way, I have gotten to know Gregg well enough that I trust him and feel grateful to him for helping me get back home.

I know this is one of those 'woo-woo' things to say, but I think that God sends me the right people at the right time of my life.  I read this book once called "Earth Angels" and I don't really remember what the book said... and I'm not talking about "literal angels"..  But I do thank God for putting certain people in my life at just the right time. In this case, I can't think of anyone else who could have helped to give me understanding without judgment, bring me joy, and help me grow during this confusing time of life.  

Being in the midst of beautiful surroundings, sunny days and breezy nights, sweet puppy dog snuggles, and a wise and loving friend - oh! And let's not forget a place where virtual parties are all the rage --  It's as though I've been living in my personal nerdy version of heaven. Is it any wonder why I think of Becky as an Earth Angel?

But while I've been thriving in this beautiful, secluded bubble, I know so many people are struggling, worrying about their businesses and their health or their families. So many people are mad..  mad at the government, mad at having to wear a mask, mad at people who don't wear masks, mad at people who don't stay home, mad at people who are mad at people (ok... I sort of fit into that last category.)

As I prepare to head out of this safe little haven, I'll try and not let the anger and judgment in the world get to me, but instead, embrace the wonderful acts of kindness I see. I'll keep my inspirational angel in my thoughts as I navigate the road back home and who knows, maybe Gregg will be my next Earth Angel.

Saturday, May 02, 2020

Team Carpe Diem takes the GISH 2020 Challenge!

I love games and perhaps one of my favorite types of party games is the good old-fashioned scavenger hunt.  I discovered GISH in 2016 and played it first with a group of new friends I'd met in Minnesota.   Since then, I've been an avid fan of the game for its creativity, silliness, and wide range of bizarre challenges. 

The hunts are usually held in early August and a week long, but this year a mini-one-day GISH hunt was hosted, specifically geared to be a game which would "Connect, Inspire, and Support COVID Relief."  

One aspect of the hunt that I particularly enjoy is that your teammates can be all over the world and you need to collaborate.  Since one of my work-life interests was fostering teamwork, even when you're physically separated, GISH has always appealed to me.  This year, more than ever, it's helping to show that just because we're separated, it doesn't mean we can't connect and work together.

Teams are composed of 9-15 people, but you can get your friends to help (in fact, sometimes that's needed in order to accomplish a challenge.) Here's a sampling of the pictures and videos from some of the mini-hunt's 54 challenges that Team Carpe Diem accomplished:

#4 Let your pet do something she's not normally allowed to do. (This is Scotty's chicken sharing in his DQ sundae!)


#23 The Most Organized Refrigerator - "Wrap it in White" by Rebecca Burns, Inspired by Christo & Jean Claude

#25 Take a Nap (Jack got into the action with Becky on this one.)

#27 Photoshop yourself into a post card

#38 Animal sculpture out of toilet paper tubes

#40 Side-by-side drawing of your big toe next to photo of your big toe


#51 Make a Message of support for LGBTQ+ Community


#50 Paperclip Jewelry


#6 Romantic Virtual Date

#13 Friend to keep you company (like Wilson from Castaway)


#14 Frozen Dinner next to how it's marketed

#54. Haiku about Covid-19

#43 Paint a picture in the mirror of a celebrity with toothpaste. (Nancie paints Einstein!)

#15 Balance something on your chin for at least 20 seconds

Team Carpe Diem is in the midst of making a presentation and slideshow with all of our submissions, but I wanted to post enough so you could see the variety and types of things that were on the list.




What worked well
  • This was the first time that everyone on the team were friends and family of either me or Becky so we didn't have to try and coordinate with people we didn't know.
  • There's an option to play "for fun" (vs. "in it to win it") which I like so that there's no feelings of pressure to perform well.
  • It was great to do this with some friends who I hadn't talked to in awhile, like Shirley from San Francisco and Beth from Omaha.
  • I had a lot of fun, especially with some of the silly videos like trying to sing "Don't Stand So Close to Me" or creating a Zombie Movie or the Virtual Date
  • It's nice that Becky (who I'm in 'isolation' with) was such an active and funny participant!
  • Nice that so many of my friends and family participated.
What could have been better
  • Difficult and time-consuming to coordinate media and communication from so many different technology sources
  • My video-editing skills leave a lot to be desired.
  • I was especially frustrated with myself for messing up my video-recording of my virtual date!
  • We didn't have any families with kids on our team and there were quite a few items that required kids.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Boomers Zoomers!

I've heard a lot of people ask: "Do you see any good coming from the changes that are happening due to the Corona virus."  I've actually seen a lot of good including an increased interest many families are taking in communicating with seniors.   Not only that, many seniors are taking a new look at using technology for distance communication!

#BoomerZoomer - Mom's First Zoom


One non-profit that is helping to facilitate this change is Seniors With Skills.

I've been working with the organization to help promote their Online Buddy Program. They especially need help with getting the word out to senior centers or any isolated seniors.  See below for how you can help.

Technically, Mom is in the "Silent Generation" which is the generation before Baby Boomers, but "Boomer Zoomer" sounds much better than "Silent Zoomer" or "Senior Zoomer" or heaven forbid, "Older Zoomers."  So, I'm going to just stick with "Boomer Zoomer" to mean any person of any age who is doing a little Ba,ba,ba,zooming!

Do you have a fun picture of your favorite Boomer Zoomer? I was thinking of starting a #BoomerZoomer campaign for Seniors With Skills.  Since many people are taking advantage of the free version of Zoom, maybe donate $1 per "Boomer Zoom"?

But whether you have a #BoomerZoomer picture or not, there are plenty of ways you can help:

Join the Online Buddy Program
Isolated Seniors:
Do you know anyone who is facing social isolation who might want to join the Online Buddy Program?  Please have them contact SWS at volunteering@seniorswithskills.org.

Senior Facilities:
Do you know of a senior facility that houses seniors who would benefit from receiving video chats and might want to be part of the Online Buddy Program. Please have them contact SWS at volunteering@seniorswithskills.org.

Volunteer:
Do you want to volunteer to be an Online Buddy?  Fill out this form.

Spread the word
Do you know anyone (news, blog, social media?)  who might be interested in featuring this story to raise awareness of this cause, and encourage more seniors living at home who are facing social isolation to join the Online Buddy Program?

Please share this post with your network
Contact volunteering@seniorswithskills.org for a news story or blog post.

Social Media
Follow Seniors With Skills on:
Twitter: @seniorswskills

Donate

GoFundMe to help provide iPads to senior facilities.


Bridging the Age Divide - Students Helping Seniors

One of the non-profits that I've been working a lot with during this Corona-virus lockdown has been Seniors with Skills.  It's especially heart-warming to see students reaching out to help isolated seniors via the Online Buddy Program.

The non-profit has plenty of volunteers who are trained and ready to chat, but is having more trouble getting senior centers signed up to take advantage of these willing volunteers.

I hope to make a better movie once we get more footage, but here's a little movie I made of a video-chat session with a senior.


Do you want to help? Here's how!

Join the Online Buddy Program
Isolated Seniors:
Do you know anyone who is facing social isolation who might want to join the Online Buddy Program?  Please have them contact SWS at volunteering@seniorswithskills.org.

Senior Facilities:
Do you know of a senior facility that houses seniors who would benefit from receiving video chats and might want to be part of the Online Buddy Program. Please have them contact SWS at volunteering@seniorswithskills.org.

Volunteer:
Do you want to volunteer to be an Online Buddy?  Fill out this form.

Spread the word
Do you know anyone (news, blog, social media?)  who might be interested in featuring this story to raise awareness of this cause, and encourage more seniors living at home who are facing social isolation to join the Online Buddy Program?

Please share this post with your network
Contact volunteering@seniorswithskills.org for a news story or blog post.

Social Media
Follow Seniors With Skills on:
Twitter: @seniorswskills

Donate

GoFundMe to help provide iPads to senior facilities.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Seniors With Skills - You Can Help!

As a tech-geek, I have been quite enamored with this age of social media and collaborative team tools.  My mother, on the other hand, and many others in her generation have not been so quick to embrace new technologies.

However, due to our current situation, my mother decided to put aside her resistance and give Zoom a try.  The result meant she was able to see all her children and great-grandchildren together for the first time in an extended family Easter party hosted on Zoom.





Jaya Manjunath is helping to make this scenario a reality for seniors everywhere.  She's the founder of Seniors with Skills (https://www.seniorswithskills.org/), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the social isolation of senior citizens in North America.


Manjunath, a university student with a passion for helping the elderly, founded her nonprofit in 2018 with various programs including those to teach seniors how to use smartphones, computers, and technologies allowing them to be able to communicate with loved ones even when they aren't physically present.

With the onset of Covid-19 and physical distancing, Manjunath is focusing on the Online Buddy program allowing seniors to engage in video-chats with volunteers.

The organization has had an influx of volunteers and continues to get more people who are eager to help; however, at this point, there are more volunteers than there are seniors who are signed up for the program.

SWS's Online Buddy program includes any isolated seniors - whether they are in residential facilities or living on their own. We need your help in spreading the word!


Here's how you can help:

Join the Online Buddy Program
Isolated Seniors:
Do you know anyone who is facing social isolation who might want to join the Online Buddy Program?  Please have them contact SWS at volunteering@seniorswithskills.org.

Senior Facilities:
Do you know of a senior facility that houses seniors who would benefit from receiving video chats and might want to be part of the Online Buddy Program. Please have them contact SWS at volunteering@seniorswithskills.org.

Volunteer:
Do you want to volunteer to be an Online Buddy?  Fill out this form.

Spread the word
Do you know anyone (news, blog, social media?)  who might be interested in featuring this story to raise awareness of this cause, and encourage more seniors living at home who are facing social isolation to join the Online Buddy Program?

Please share this post with your network
Contact volunteering@seniorswithskills.org for a news story or blog post.

Social Media
Twitter: @seniorswskills

Donate

GoFundMe to help provide iPads to senior facilities.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Happy National Healthcare Decisions Day!

As the new recipient of National Carpe Diem Day, I feel it's my responsibility to properly "seize" and celebrate every day, and that includes today, which is, among other things: National Healthcare Decisions Day! 



NHDD is about being prepared with healthcare decisions and having crucial conversations with your loved ones. You can check out the variety of resources available on the site and check out this blog post for ways to connect and celebrate National Healthcare Decisions Day.

I'm inspired to write this blog post because I stumbled upon a Fitbit Community blog today, asking readers to "Share Joy."  Responses included quotidian things like:
  • Daffodils blooming
  • Clean kitchen drawers
  • Snuggling pups
  • Birds singing
just to name a few. Many of the responses noted (often quite poetically) having more time for creativity,  relaxation, bonding, and connectedness.

Inspired by this blog, I found Fitbit's Community Blog Program with April's theme being none other than National Healthcare Decisions Day and "hard healthcare decisions":

You may know that National Healthcare Decisions Day is in April. We all face tough healthcare decisions in our life, whether it's for ourselves or someone else we love. What have you faced? How did you make the decision? What data did you use? What support did you need - and how did it change your life? 

My tough decision was this: About a year and a half ago, I was told I had two degenerative back problems (severe scoliosis and osteoporosis). One doctor sounded so dire that it sounded as though I needed to prepare myself for a life of pain.

After talking to my kids about it, my daughter suggested I get a second opinion and that doctor was much more optimistic.

However, given the uncertainty of my future, I decided to retire a bit early, and make my health a priority. Most doctors agreed I should stop running, but, instead I did more weightlifting, walking, and dancing, avoiding anything that would compress my spine.

I've never felt healthier and happier since making these changes. I miss my work and running, but giving those things up have allowed me to have more time to travel and pursue other hobbies. I enjoyed a wonderful 60-weeks-until-60 project, having a different adventure every week. 

I know that many people are suffering from hardships associated with the coronavirus, but I've been lucky. My friends and family are healthy and most are able to work from home.

So for me, similar to giving up running and my job, the changes due to the coronavirus have brought unexpected benefits. I actually have found more connection than ever with so many opportunities to help, to learn and to connect online. It's heartwarming to see the world unite and work to collectively and creatively find ways to help one another.

Thinking about a future of pain or even thinking about death is scary, but facing those fears and making some decisions may help us cope better and feel more prepared should our worst fears be realized.

Let's take today to be grateful for all the joys in our life, with renewed commitment to live each day fully (and at ease with our healthcare decisions)!

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

A Message to the Tech Giants: How You Can Help Isolated Seniors!

Here's a message for the TechGiants out there: Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon:

As a tech-geek, I have loved your products! But the generation older than me...the ones who are suffering the most during the pandemic..have often been intimidated and may not even be able to use a computer at all. 

A wonderful non-profit, Seniors With Skills, had been distributing iPads, and are currently setting up video-chats with isolated seniors, but they need help!

Let's get your voice-activated smart devices into the senior centers so isolated seniors can easily get visits from their loved ones, even when all the restrictions end!

How about a competition to see who can get the most senior centers equipped and communicating with their loved ones the quickest?

I don't know if these are the best products, but offer up your solutions and let's get the seniors connected to their loved ones!

Facebook Portal+
Google Nest Hub Max
Amazon Echo Show
Apple Homepod