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Posts about COVID-19:

My Favorite Video-Calling Activities to Do with Grandchildren

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Mary Nov 30, 2020 11:03:18 AM
My Favorite Video-Calling Activities to Do with Grandchildren

Whether you live with your grandchildren or are visiting via Zoom or other virtual meeting tools, there are many fun and engaging things that can be done with your grandchildren. These activities can be teaching experiences in many ways. Even the youngest grandchild will do well listening to your voice as you tell stories or read to them. To help get you started, here are some of my favorite activities to do with grandchildren, even if we are not in the same room:

7 Tips to Find the Best Online Holiday Shopping Deals

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Cantissimo Senior Living Nov 20, 2020 9:54:57 AM
7 Tips to Find the Best Online Holiday Shopping Deals

The holidays are coming up! For many of us, that means it's time to shop and get everyone the perfect gifts. With the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing restrictions, this year, shopping online is the way to go! Don't worry; you can still save money! In fact, shopping online provides many unique opportunities to ensure you are getting the best possible price. Read on to learn about seven different ways you can squeeze every penny out of your online shopping experience.

     7. Use Coupon-Finding Browser Extensions

Coupons exist online in the form of promo codes that you can use at checkout. Sites often have dozens of active discount codes, but it can take some digging to find them. Many discount codes can be found if you search around online, but these code-collecting websites are not always up-to-date. It can be frustrating when you have to spend time testing your luck with a lot of expired codes.

The solution? Browser extensions like Honey find all of the relevant coupon codes for you and apply them with just a click of the mouse. It will attempt a collection of codes and automatically apply the best discount. To install Honey (for free), make an account on their website (https://www.joinhoney.com/), and download the browser extension.

Crisis Leadership - Lessons from San Francisco’s COVID-19 Management

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Paul Ablack Oct 14, 2020 12:03:23 PM
Crisis Leadership - Lessons from San Francisco’s COVID-19 Management

The importance of leadership in organizations has been promoted in best-selling books for decades. Notable examples are “Good to Great” by James Collins and “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Steven Covey. 

In the age of COVID-19, leadership principles have been put to the test.

In a new White Paper, I share my observations about leadership excellence in the face of a global pandemic. 

Zooming Along – How to Join a Video Call With Family or Friends

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Pete Keers Aug 12, 2020 12:25:34 PM
Zooming Along – How to Join a Video Call With Family or Friends

Video conferencing has exploded since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Also known as video calling, this technology uses your computer or smartphone to see the people you talk to and hear them. If you have not started using this method to communicate with your loved ones, this blog will give you the basics for joining a Zoom (the most popular type) video call.

Change in Travel Plans: Fascinating Explorations in Your Own Community

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Pete Keers Jul 28, 2020 11:03:38 AM
Change in Travel Plans: Fascinating Explorations in Your Own Community

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered travel plans by air, train, bus, or ship. Transportation by automobile has become the only option for most people. The result: get ready for some road trips, short or long.

This presents an excellent opportunity for exploring new local destinations. Travelers willing to do a little research will find fun attractions hiding in plain sight.

Staying at Home May Be Riskier Than You Think

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Pete Keers Jul 23, 2020 1:57:02 PM
Staying at Home May Be Riskier Than You Think

A fall, not eating right, missing medications. Independent seniors and their families know of the risks lurking around the house, especially if an older adult lives alone. As these and other problems start to occur with higher frequency, moving to an assisted living arrangement becomes more urgent. Yet, in the era of COVID-19, families have been more reluctant to consider this alternative.

What Does Normal After COVID-19 Look Like for Older Adults?

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Pete Keers Jul 20, 2020 10:22:20 AM
What Does Normal After COVID-19 Look Like for Older Adults?

COVID-19 has turned the entire world upside-down, and no group has been more affected than those over 55. With the higher risk of complications and death, older adults have a greater stake in this crisis than nearly all other groups. Many seniors have been forced to take stringent quarantine measures and other protective actions to avoid getting sick.

These efforts to avoid disease have created their own problems like feelings of anxiety, boredom, and possibly even depression. As a result, many want to know; how long will the current crisis last? Will it be over when an effective vaccine arrives? When will that occur? Some experts say one might be available in late 2020. Others are less optimistic.

Whenever this storm passes, we'll get back to normal. Or will we? Opinions vary about what "normal" will look like after the pandemic. Some are predicting a "new normal." What might that look like for older adults?

Positive Ways to Cope with COVID-19 Isolation: Part 3– Making a Memoir

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Pete Keers Jul 14, 2020 11:51:05 AM
Positive Ways to Cope with COVID-19 Isolation: Part 3– Making a Memoir

Prolonged sheltering in place for seniors has been taking an emotional toll. Separated from loved ones, loneliness and boredom become an everyday threat to health and well-being.

Yet this shut-in time can be an opportunity to create a priceless family heirloom: a personal memoir.

Children, grandchildren, and generations beyond want to know about their ancestors. How many times has each of us had questions we wish our dearly departed were still around to answer? Leaving a legacy of words about who you are and what happened in your life will be treasured.

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Positive Ways to Cope with COVID-19 Isolation: Part 2 - Family Photo Archive

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Pete Keers Jul 8, 2020 11:24:12 AM
Positive Ways to Cope with COVID-19 Isolation: Part 2 - Family Photo Archive

Sheltering in place because of COVID-19 can provide an opportunity to finally catalog those years of photos. Too often, photos handed down to the next generation are discarded because there is no information about people and places.

These days, photo storage is a combination of physical and digital. Each type of photo storage has its own process for adding information about an image.

Positive Ways to Cope with COVID-19 Isolation: Pt. 1- Technology Boost

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Pete Keers Jul 1, 2020 9:27:51 AM
Positive Ways to Cope with COVID-19 Isolation: Pt. 1- Technology Boost

The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly difficult for seniors as they shelter in place. It is crucial for those 65+ to do everything they can to protect themselves from contracting the virus. Yet, there is also the danger of boredom and social isolation, which could lead to mental health suffering.

One way for seniors and their families to ease the stress brought on by prolonged physical separation from family and friends is to better leverage the conveniences of modern technology.