Getting Creative in QuarantineMay 14, 2020
In light of COVID-19 and the Shelter-in-Place mandates across the country, more and more of us are finding new ways to be creative and express ourselves.
Here at Blue Harbor Senior Living, we’ve been so moved by all the beautiful ways that residents and staff have found new creative outlets. This poem written by Barkley Place Senior Living resident Dory (during quarantine!) sums it up so well:
For months you could hear me whine
About never having enough time--
For doing art and
Sewing a hem and
Organizing my shelves and
Writing a new play and
Making my whole place really okay.
But all that will have to wait
For some other later date,
I guess, because there is too much stress!
In order to chase the blues,
Here is what I really "dooze":
Sudoku, crosswords, solitaire,
Binge TV, reading my favorite book of maps,
Now that I do have time,
I just wrote this silly rhyme.
We are so lucky to have each other, finding ways to inspire one another to create joy and love in the world. In this edition of the True Blue blog, let’s take a look at some of the ways residents have been creative during quarantine!
Positivity Boards and Collages!
Arbour Square at West Chester staff used old magazines to cut out nice pictures (beaches, lakes, mountains, food, drinks, etc.) and positive words (home, family, beautiful, summer, etc.). Residents can make “Positivity Boards,” looking through pictures and words, picking the ones they like, and creating a collage board! They can hang these boards in their apartments, too. We love it!
Our lovely community Desert Flower Senior Living wanted to show first responders, families, and staff just how much we appreciate them! Look at this beautiful display of gratitude and inspiration they created!
A beautiful way to express creativity while staying active is through gardening. Our lovely residents at Chateau Brickyard Senior Living safely celebrated Gardening Week, and we loved seeing them so happy!
Writing Letters & Postcards
We love seeing snail mail getting a comeback! Pen Pal Programs have been a real hit, as have letter writing with friends and family. This sweet resident from Pine Rock Manor loved receiving a letter from her family and friends.
We love seeing residents create art during quarantine. At Chateau Brickyard, for example, we hosted a 7-day art contest. Just look at the incredible art that came from our residents; bravo!
Share Your Stories
How have you been staying creative during quarantine? We’d love to know! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and share your stories. We are sending love and light to all; stay healthy, safe, and please let us know how we can assist. Want to add a bit of extra light to a senior’s life during this time? Consider our Adopt-a-Grandparent Program.
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