Staying Connected in Meaningful Ways
As we have continued to adapt to Covid19 I have been seeking out information regarding how seniors are managing. April 24, John Leland published a thought provoking article in the New York Times titled, “I like It, Actually: Why So Many Older People Thrive in Lockdown.” Leland goes on to say “… the corona virus has been especially punishing for older people, isolating them in their homes or killing them at disproportionate rate…Yet many New Yorkers in this age group are thriving during this catastrophe -skilled at being alone, not fearful about their career prospects, emotionally more experienced at managing the great disruption of everyday life that is affecting everyone….they offer a counter narrative of resourcefulness and perseverance.”
The article goes on to say, research has shown that as a group older adults have a positivity bias, or tendency to see the good side of situations, said, Gary M. Kennedy director of geriatric psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Centre and professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He said, “Their pessimism and anxiety tend to abate with age. They’re no longer striving for material achievements.”
As a senior can you relate to some of the sentiments expressed in Leland’s article? Each of us is experiencing the dramatic adjustments to our day to day lives as we practice physical distancing, and make choices that contribute to the well being of British Columbia as shared by Dr. Bonnie Henry. What are some examples of your resourcefulness and tips for perseverance during these times? We would love to hear from you and share them with others.
Attitude can be such a powerful factor in how we experience life’s events. In the 1800’s Emile Coue a French pharmacist experimented with what he called optimistic autosuggestion by placing the following instructions in half of the orders, ‘every day in every way I am getting better and better.’ He was curious if belief could influence outcome. In following up with the patients he indeed discovered those who followed the mantra reported increased feelings of wellness compared to the group that did not receive the mantra. A great example of a resource available when we focus on the potential power of our own attitude.
As physical distancing remains the best way to protect everyone’s health BSOSS is no longer able to offer the many face to face programs we specialize in. We want to continue to connect with you using email, telephone or virtually platforms.
Faryar and I are looking forward to talking with you to learn more about how you are managing as well as how to offer meaningful supports to you as seniors, family caregivers, and those wishing to live well in our dementia friendly community.
Dorothy and Faryar