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Beacon Senior News

Have you experienced window visits?

Jun 30, 2020 09:45AM ● By Cloie Sandlin

 Susie Keysor

From Zoom to window visits, seniors have gotten creative during quarantine

Despite the relatively low number of cases of infection on the Western Slope, COVID is affecting each and every one of us. For some, it’s an infuriating inconvenience that spoiled our summer plans. Others have experienced the virus’s merciless cruelty, with financial struggles and job loss being just the tip of the iceberg.

While many of us are enjoying our post-quarantine sovereignty by resuming activities and reconnecting with friends and family, these freedoms aren’t available to everyone.

You may be quick to say, “If they’re scared, then that’s their choice!” But that’s not the case for residents in senior living facilities, who’ve been isolated since the outbreak out of concern for their safety. Some are fighting loneliness and depression, as they haven’t seen or been able to hug their loved ones in months.

If that’s you, then please hang in there, because it’s about to change!

Colorado leaders are piecing together a plan called the Lifeline Pass, which will allow limited outdoor visits at nursing homes with relatives who test negative for COVID-19, have no known exposure and don’t have any coronavirus symptoms. While they’re still hashing out the details, I want to commend care facility workers for doing all they can to ensure the mental wellbeing of their residents through engaging activities and facilitating window visits and video calls.

Do you have a heartfelt story or opinion to share about how you’ve stayed connected with loved ones during isolation? Experienced window visits? Please let us know! We’d love to share it in August’s BEACON.

Back-to-Back BeaconFests?

That’s our plan! We’re looking forward to seeing you at Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction on Wednesday, August 19, and at the Montrose Pavilion on Thursday, September 17.

Please know that your safety is our top priority. While this year’s fair may operate differently, there will still be live music, food, information and more! Bring a friend. Admission is FREE!

Volunteer of the Year voting ends July 31

Even in the midst of all that’s going on in the world, we haven’t forgotten about the outstanding volunteers nominated for this year’s Grand Junction Volunteer of the Year award! Make your vote count by voting online.

Whether in print or online, our work to keep you enlightened, entertained and encouraged won’t stop. Thank you for reading the BEACON!

Congrats to our Facemask Selfie winner, Susie Keysor!

Susie Keysor
 Susie Keysor

Susie won a $50 gift card to Rib City Grill.

Thanks to all who entered in their selfies. We loved seeing your creativity!

Letters from our readers

Regarding Volunteer of the Year voting:

“It’s SOOOOOOOOOO hard to vote for just one as all the volunteers do such a good job.”

- Anthony T.

“I enjoy your publication and would like to start receiving the next issue online. Please let me know what you need from me.”

- Louise H.

Cloie: Thanks, Louise, but you don’t need a subscription. You can visit our website and download the latest BEACON Senior News for free. You can also sign up for our e-newsletter, which you’ll receive when the new issue is out! Just send us your email to get started.

“Thanks for the BEACON. Love reading it!”

- Mary Jo W.

“The BEACON is really valuable and so informative in so many ways. It’s really the greatest thing. It informs seniors about things going on that they don’t normally hear about in the news or on TV. It’s really valuable.”

- Linda

“Not a lot has changed for us [because of COVID]. My husband and I are fine. We both work mostly from home and have family locally who did not stop visiting! In the past five weeks, we’ve flown to Illinois to visit my husband’s ailing mother, and also traveled to Wyoming. We did have to wear face coverings in the airports and on the plane flights, but it was nice that the bar in the St. Louis Airport was open for lunch. We’ve been hiking and biking here in Grand Junction, enjoying the fresh air. One of our favorite hikes is Mica Mine/Rough Canyon. These are newer for us, as we can take our puppy, Georgia, on those trails. At the end of the month, we will be taking our new RV to Bryce for our yearly birthday trip. We typically stay at the Bryce Canyon Pines Motel and bike into the park or hike on one of the many trails. That motel is older and has the best pie on the planet! Of course, I took my camera everywhere. All the best to everyone for health and happiness this summer!”

- Donna F.