Covid Benefits--Part 1

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Adapting to the challenges of the Covid pandemic, we are the first entirely virtual Longevity Explorers group. While the original IRL (in real life) Explorers have also taken their meetings online, the members of our circle aren’t in a specific geographic location, but span the country from coast to coast. Circle members are getting to know each other as they explore how to use the online medium to build connections and continue leveraging technology to maintain our quality of life.

 

Searching for “Silver Linings” in the Covid Pandemic--Part 1

Covid brought many challenges to everyone's lives, and in this meeting, members explored the positive experiences they discovered while sheltering at home. Even as a community particularly at risk, members are finding a wide variety of ways to enjoy their time and learn new behaviors or ways of thinking.

Explorers found many different “silver linings”. Among them four general themes emerged in our July discussion.

Explorers:

  • made positive connections with friends, family, and activities,
  • used the time at home to regularly try new technologies
  • developed a greater awareness of their community or the wider world
  • worked to maintain positive mindsets.

In the first part of our July meeting, individual members describe how they have more time to reactivate previous interests.  They, also, discussed their ability, not always accredited to older people, to adapt to change, especially the change required by the pandemic crisis. Not surprisingly, the group felt they used their prior experiences and creativity to move beyond what might have been only a negative time in their lives.

 

 

 

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