The Last of my Blasts!
This has been an incredible journey! I have sent 79 email blasts over the past 17 months and it is time for me to transition back into my role as the Supportive Day Coordinator / Respite Coordinator at the Franklin Senior Center. I have enjoyed finding interesting, strange, intriguing, funny and helpful information to share with you all and I hope each one of you has enjoyed my 'informational tidbits' as well.
We have hit highs and lows; had moments of isolation and fear but also kindness and connections. Technology helped us combat social isolation and bridge the gap to access the world. Doors were opened to new friendships with sites like zoom and what's app. People shared their talents, Colleges and Universities opened up to free learning; Museums, Aquariums, Churches and more opened their doors virtually and allowed us to explore. Musicians held free concerts and groups of strangers, from around the world, came together to create beautiful, harmonious music together. Basically anything you have on your bucket list became available (usually for free) right at your fingertips.
We were not limited by distance and had the chance to explore Natural Parks, Underwater marvels, travel to foreign countries and fly over, through and around some of the most beautiful places in the world. What truly matters, the human connection, blossomed and we saw multi generational cross over with children writing cards to seniors and seniors sharing knowledge with the younger generations. There was less division as people reached out to help and make sure nobody was alone. During this time of unprecedented chaos and uncertainty we rediscovered kindness and compassion.
My hope moving forward is that those lessons and kindness remain and we continue to foster, encourage and share them. We have an opportunity to take the positive things we learned, the connections we made and the kindness we showed strangers and step forward, bringing it all with us. COVID isn't over yet and hopefully neither are all the positives that came from the past year and a half of LIVING through a pandemic.
Stay safe, stay kind, we are all in this together. And remember to tell people what they mean to you, that you love them and that you are grateful to have them in your life.
HUGE virtual hugs to you all,
Nantucket Harbor at Sunrise July 2021
Supportive Day Program "Sunshine Club" update
We are excited to announce that our Supportive Day Program will be reopening in September! "Sunshine Club" is a social day program for seniors with mild to moderate cognitive loss, dementia or Alzheimer's. We are finishing up work on the enrollment packets and will be calling those on our waitlist to schedule our assessment interviews. If you have a loved one or know someone who might be interested in learning more about Sunshine Club or attending please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Companion Care Update
The Companion Care Program provides regularly scheduled, in-home respite for caregivers. If you are a caregiver and would like to know more about this program please email email@example.com. We hope to have this program up and running in mid-September.
Link to the Senior Center - https://www.franklinma.gov/fsc
Link to the Senior Center Calendar https://www.franklinma.gov/node/39/events/day
Link to the Town's webpage - https://www.franklinma.gov/
Link to the Franklin Observer - https://franklinobserver.town.news/
Link to Mass.Gov COVID - https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information
Senior Gardening Tips - keeping it easy and safe
Robocalls - We all get them and hate them. Here are tips to stop them!
50 countries unite and sing Amazing Grace
500 greatest love songs of all times (according to someone)
10 oldest musical discoveries
Just for Fun
16 satisfying art techniques from around the world
The truth behind Italy's $1 homes
An experiment in gratitude / The science of Happiness
How COVID changed our world
Weird things caught on security camera
25 Knock Knock jokes
Dad jokes - HAHAHA These are HYSTERICAL. I challenge you not to laugh
Coming together by staying apart - The kindness of COVID (a commercial with a good message)
Foster Kid gets his fairytale ending
Son of a fallen Deputy bids on his Fathers car at auction
Children and Seniors come together
Don't put people in boxes - no matter what you believe this is a wonderful message
Please see the attached calendar for August. You can always check out website (link above) or request a copy of the newsletter digitally or hard copy.
Attached you will find:
FRIDAY FOODFEST flyer
August Calendar of Events for the Senior Center
Donna's fun filled activity pages
I am going to miss doing these blasts but hope to see you in person at the Franklin Senior Center! Here is a photo of me so you know what I look like! :-)