Have yourself a Merry covid-style Christmas

The holiday season is nearly upon us and I think it is fair to say we’re all a bit confused about how to safely celebrate this year. As much as we want to be with our loved ones at Christmastime or Chanukah, no one wants to bring the “gift” of COVID-19 along with them!

We all need to keep protecting those who are most vulnerable and still find safe ways to feel connected. The National Institute on Aging is currently offering a free online tool to help you make an informed choice in these matters. Check out the COVID-19 Visit Risk Decision Aid.  Your personalized results may lead you to consider alternative ways to gather the family together this December.

If you decide to go virtual but still need some help feeling at ease with Zoom, we have a solution! Join us on December 1 for a timely outreach session entitled: Getting More Comfy with Zoom starting at 10:00 a.m. If you have a handle on technology but are searching for fun ways to spread holiday cheer with senior loved ones during a pandemic that keeps dragging on consider yourself invited to this whimsical and festive session happening the evening of  December 7 at our virtual  Caregivers’ Café: Spreading Holiday Cheer – Better Visits with Aging Loved Ones.

However you opt to celebrate this season, stay focused on the awe and wonder of  simple acts of kindness and selflessness in the world around you. Say a prayer for those doing extra long shifts in our hospitals and nursing homes, the other health care professionals working in an over-taxed system, the teachers and daycare workers  educating and encouraging young minds in less than ideal conditions; the frontline store clerks and delivery people and all those who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic.

Let us overflow with appreciation for all the good people in our lives!  I, for one, am very thankful for all of you.

Jan Anderson, Community Organizer

Peace & Joy,

Jan

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