The Coronavirus fills the news with warnings, updates and cautionary notes – especially for the elderly and those with other medical challenges. What does that mean for me and my fellow residents living in a senior independent living community?Living independently is key for many of us because we can choose how we want to spend our days. We enjoy shopping, exercising, socializing and learning new hobbies on our own, with family or in neighborly groups. It is the ultimate reward for retiring from the many years of working and/or raising a family. In society’s attempt to keep us safe, the activities that provide joy between doctor’s appointments have been confiscated. The new rule is to shelter-in-place.
But we are the older generation. We have made it through many storms.
The song, "For Every Mountain," expresses our gratefulness for all the mountains and valleys from which God has brought us. My neighbors and I have found ways to assist and support those who find it difficult to leave their home without assistance.
Yes, we miss bingo and card games. Yes, we miss exercise and yoga classes. Yes, we miss in-house bible study and entertainment from outside agencies. But we know, the good Lord willing, this too shall pass.
Beverly Rogers is a GTTS SOUL Stirrer for Health and Wellness. As a village elder and the senior most member of our team, she occasionally writes blog posts to share sage perspectives not widely circulated on the world wide web.
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