Covid-19: Staying Hopeful During These Challenging Times

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”- Martin Luther King Jr.

These are tough and heartbreaking times for everyone with the escalation of the Coronarivus globally. I’m sure many of you feel as I do and are struggling and feel overwhelmed emotionally.

Fortunately people from all around the globe have shared messages, videos, poems and photos of hope and inspiration that have helped lift my spirits amid the tragic Coronavirus outbreak.

Matthew McConaughey shared a personal video message of hope. I encourage you to click below, watch the video and be inspired to embrace our common values of fairness, kindness, accountability, resilience, respect and courage to help overcome this common enemy.

SEE VIDEO 

The words below are a combination of sentiments I’d like to share with you from author Cameron Belim, a poem by Laura Kelly Fanucci and messages from friends that have given me comfort.

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May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

May we who have to cancel our trips remember those that have no safe place to go.

May we who are losing gains in the stock market remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home.

As fear grips our country let us choose love and kindness towards our neighbors.

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When this is over, may we never again take for granted:

A handshake with a stranger

Full shelves at the store

Conversations with neighbors

A crowded theatre

Friday night out

The taste of Communion

A Routine Checkup

The school rush each morning

Coffee with a friend

The stadium roaring

Each deep breath

A boring Tuesday

Life itself

When this ends, may we find that we have become more like the people we wanted to be, we were called to be, we hoped to be, and may we stay that way — better for each other because of what we’ve gone through.

– Laura Kelly Fanucci

We can Reset, Remember and all Pull Together, One Nation under God. Indivisible. AMEN! 

 

VR Delivering Benefits for Seniors

“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” – John Barrymore

When you think of early technology adopters, most likely millennials and the younger generation comes to mind. However with Virtual Reality (VR), seniors appear to be among those taking advantage of this cutting-edge technology to better their lives.

VR is now being used around the globe to help seniors feel less lonely and provide them with emotional, cognitive and social benefits.

A recent Forbes article featured examples of the ways this immersive technology is positively impacting the lives of seniors. I’ve highlighted a few of my favorites below.

VR Can Counteract Feelings of Loneliness 

Tokyo researcher, Kenta Toshima, is using VR to help nursing home residents visit places from their pasts and tick off spots around the globe from their bucket lists. He is accomplishing this by capturing made-to-order VR experiences with an 8K 360 camera.

“By supplementing their physical handicap with technology, the VR travel experiences can help improve the elderly’s motivation for rehabilitation and improve their quality of life. The VR experience makes them feel like they are out of the nursing home and can help ease their anxiety and loneliness.” Kenta Toshima

Be sure to check out the videos of the elderly patients experiencing new places in virtual reality on Toshima’s social media.

VR Can Be Used for Travel and Time Travel

Two retirement communities in Tucson are the launch pads for a program designed to see how virtual reality technology can help senior citizens with cognition, dementia, loneliness and other issues.

Facebook’s standalone VR device, Oculus Quest, has enabled the residents to ride on a roller coaster, visit the Egyptian Pyramids and even go back to places from their past for a little trip down memory lane.

VR Can Help Tackle Social Isolation

Studies have found that isolation and loneliness are more detrimental to one’s health than obesity or smoking, especially for those over 50.

Knowing this, AARP Innovation Labs built Alcove, a VR app focused on family and social connection.

The aim of Alcove is to bridge the physical distance between family members and empower people to experience new places and things that they typically would not be able to either due to the cost, time required or mobility constraints.

The immersive ecosystem that AARP has built lets users enter and navigate on their own, or explore in multiplayer with their family and friends.

It was developed in collaboration with Rendever, a startup with a virtual reality platform that provides cognitive stimulation and socialization to seniors.

SEE THE FULL FORBES ARTICLE