Surprising Findings Around CCRC Residents’ Pandemic Stress, Resilience

As the COVID-19 pandemic now stretches into its third year, we are closing in on a staggering 1 million American deaths. Throughout this ordeal, older people have been most severely hit by the illness. But in a cruelly ironic twist, many seniors also suffered as a result of some of the measures put in place [...]

By |2023-08-05T18:07:25-04:00April 19th, 2022|

Is the Pandemic’s “Severely Lonely” Senior Living Resident a Myth?

As I’m sure you’re aware, COVID-19 cases are surging as a result of the Delta variant. In many areas, hospitals are exceeding capacity as more and more people — especially the unvaccinated — fall seriously ill. It is easy to feel forlorn reading headlines about another round of potential restrictions, remembering the isolation and loneliness [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:51:26-04:00August 16th, 2021|

Using Our Resources: An Innovative Remote Learning Tutoring Program

Reading the news lately, it can be difficult to find much cause for optimism. Dominating the headlines: rising COVID-19 hospitalization, political turmoil, and economic uncertainty, to name just a few of the world’s current woes. Yet there are glimmers of hope amid the gloom. One example is a story I read last week in The [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:31:55-04:00January 4th, 2021|

When Will Independent-Living CCRC Residents Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Our nation has experienced an agonizing nine months as millions of people have been infected with COVID-19 and hundreds of thousands have died. So, it was an emotional moment this past week as we watched the first Americans receive the highly anticipated COVID-19 vaccine. As I wrote recently, it is also welcome news that healthcare [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:31:56-04:00December 21st, 2020|

Long-Term Care Tops the COVID-19 Vaccine Recipient List

Finally: Some good news on the COVID-19 front! The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which shows a 95 percent efficacy rate, as well as the Moderna vaccine with its 94 percent efficacy, are both being fast-tracked by the FDA for emergency use. There is optimism that they will receive approval in the U.S. any day now, and initial [...]

By |2024-03-27T15:11:44-04:00December 7th, 2020|

CCRC Residents Share Their Thanksgiving Gratitude

It has been a trying year for nearly everyone. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought anxiety, loneliness, and sorrow, yet we’ve also seen countless examples of people lifting each other up and embracing (figuratively) what truly matters most in life. With this in mind, and as we celebrate Thanksgiving, I asked residents of several continuing care [...]

By |2024-03-27T15:21:38-04:00November 23rd, 2020|

How the Pandemic Has Impacted Thoughts About Senior Living

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of life with many people becoming sick, losing loved ones, losing jobs, and/or struggling with childcare. Throughout all of this, I have been mindful of how the pandemic is affecting people mentally, especially seniors who are in the highest-risk category for the virus. And I’ve also wondered [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:32:16-04:00October 5th, 2020|

Is It Safe for Seniors to Travel?

Many older Americans worked hard for decades, rarely taking time off. This is why one of the activities that people often look forward to with their retirement is having the freedom to travel. So that raises the question: Is it safe for seniors to be travelling right now? Or should seniors hit the breaks on [...]

By |2024-01-19T00:43:54-05:00September 14th, 2020|

CCRC Life Enrichment Programs Add Extra Value During Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had countless negative consequences. Over 150,000 Americans have lost their lives, and millions of others have become sick. Many people have lost their jobs and thousands are on the brink of losing their homes. It’s a stressful time for almost everyone. Caring for CCRC residents, physically and emotionally This has been [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:32:19-04:00August 3rd, 2020|

Who Gets the Ventilator? Age Shouldn’t Be the Deciding Factor

In recent days, states across the U.S. have shattered their previous COVID-19 infection and hospitalization numbers. Startling data reveals that more than half of the country is experiencing a significant increase in COVID-19 patients, with numerous cities approaching full capacity in their hospitals’ ICUs. In some areas, the positivity rate for tests is in the [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:40:57-04:00July 6th, 2020|
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