May 2020 Blog
May is Older American Month. While this is a difficult time for everyone, it is extremely hard on all of us who are at high risk of serious complications or death from this insidious virus. It was good to hear that the federal government is focusing on nursing homes quality control and systems of care – long overdue in many of our minds. Additionally, there has been an enormous amount of money for meals on wheels, transportation – although I am not sure what that is targeted to fund – and in home health services. But, I was sorry not to hear concern for Senior Centers, Adult Day Programs, Assisted Living facilities along with millions of vulnerable seniors who are not attached to a formal system of care.
For those of us at the Neuro Vitality Center, we realize that the COVID-19 crisis has thrown out a challenge to the health and well being of those who have depended upon us for help and hope. We understand the restrictive orders we are under. We listen to the medical profession and the scientists and understand that our strokes, our diabetes, our heart problems along with the other health issues we add to the burden of getting older put us at a higher risk for infection. We also know that we do not want to infect any of our NVC friends, the staff and our great volunteers if we are unlucky enough to have been infected ourselves. But, on the other hand, this is our extended family and we miss all being together and even though we fight and complain, we also laugh and relax together.
The question you all ask is when are we going to open again. I can’t answer that because I really do not know. There is no benchmark I can share to have you track and say once we reach “xyz”, we will open the next day. We do know that we are constant contact with the Department of Aging who is working diligently with the State government and they are keeping us as up to date as is possible. But – and this is speculation on my part – I do not see us opening for many months in the future.
But we are a group who fights, who doesn’t give up, who has not just sat at home and won’t give up on each other. We are working hard to put together programs that you can join using your phones, your laptops or your computers. We will have group activities, therapies, counselling and education where you can join in and talk to your friends as well as interact with all of us. We can’t replicate the gym, but we will have Bootsie to lead us in some exercise and even work one on one with those of your who need it. Let us know if you don’t have a cell phone or a lap top, a tablet or computer. Also if your computer monitor doesn’t have a camera. We can help. Our supporters want to help each of you to have the opportunity to keep up the good work and to stay together as we stay safe.
I am here at the center and you know you can call me anytime. Ann and Elsa and Bootsie are also here. Mike is not here all the time but we can always find him at end of his phone. Nancy is our new nurse and is here to help as well ( By the way – Ashley and John welcomed their little girl in April – mom and baby doing fine). We will be working hard in May to get you all up and running and joining in to our new Virtual Clinic and look forward to seeing you all again soon. And – just one more thing – yes we do all need haircuts except for Joe.