By this time - two months now of this pandemic crisis – are you experiencing some … Loneliness? Boredom? Frustration? Feelings of helplessness? Here are some things to consider.
SeniorsPlus has solutions to a number of concerns. See their flyer, attached.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
Get outside and enjoy the spring that is finally really emerging. Listen to the birds and frogs. Watch for budding flowers and trees.
Move around. There are many new online programs that feature creative ways of working out – even using your pet as a piece of equipment. Here are two workout videos:
Ten-minute balance and energy workout (https://videos.aarp.org/detail/video/6149320470001/10-minute-balance-and-energy-workout-with-kathy-smith?)
Ten-minute indoor walking workout (https://videos.aarp.org/detail/video/6144690942001/10-minute-indoor-walking-workout-with-denise-austin).
To just hear a friendly voice, call a friend or family member or request a call from a BANR-19 volunteer (see below). To talk with a semi-professional volunteer (1-866-771-WARM). To speak with a professional, contact 211: call 2-1-1 or 207-874-2211 - toll-Free 877-463-6207 or text your zip code to 898-211.
GET HELP IF YOU NEED IT -
AND LET OTHERS KNOW ABOUT AVAILABLE SERVICESThe Bethel Area Neighborhood Response Team can have a volunteer call you or pick up groceries and necessary supplies. (bethelanr19@gmail, 207-370-2520).
The Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce lists other area services (https://www.bethelmaine.com/covid19).
Regularly the Sun Journal lists area farms selling local food. Here are a few relatively close to home; be sure to call ahead. Middle Intervale Farm, Bethel (890-1559); Stoneheart Farm, Paris (890-8350); Smedberg’s Farm, Oxford (743-6723; Thunder Hill Farm, Waterford (461-2686).
AARP Maine has compiled a list of statewide grocery and food resources (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hOMbq-FfddGEg3xK7FaREuAD66U7hkYqZx234ogrMsk/edit#gid=0).
STAY INFORMED - BUT DON’T BE CONSUMED BY NEWS REPORTS
AARP has held a series of virtual town halls with a variety of information about the Coronavirus. You may access the archived transcriptions (https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2020/tele-town-hall-coronavirus.html?)
The CDC has suggested the following good practices when grocery shopping. Our local Bethel Foodliner has accommodated all of these, and BANR-19 volunteers can shop for, and distribute, groceries.
A huge thanks to the Bethel sewers who have contributed more than 1,400 cloth masks to help protect frontline workers - which does not Include those that were made for family and friends.
Worried about loved ones or friends during this crisis? Read “Seven Ways to Boost Your Loved One's Morale During the Coronavirus Epidemic” (https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/health/info-2020/boost-morale-during-coronavirus.html).
The Repants project has started up again, and you may request the catalogue of totes currently available (contact through FaceBook). 100% of your donation goes directly to the Bethel Area District Exchange and Food Pantry, which has been working with others in our area to feed hundreds of children and families during the pandemic. These are beautiful totes that make great gifts!FIND SOME GOOD PROJECTS FOR HOME CONFINEMENT
There are lots of options besides puzzles and binge-Netflix. You may not want to go this far, but it’s a great story about the teacher in New Hampshire who ran a marathon in laps around his backyard (https://www.fosters.com/news/20200326/backyard-marathon-dover-teacherrsquos-creative-coronavirus-response).
A fun family project is the Getty Museum Challenge: stage a replication of a famous painting. Our son’s family has done 2; here’s one. "The Birth of Venus" painting and their interpretation:
On the more mundane level – and very important (but not time-consuming): complete your Census 2020 information. The government suggests that “Participating in the census is required by law, even if you recently completed another survey from the Census Bureau. A complete and accurate count is critical for you and your community, because the results of the 2020 Census will affect community funding, congressional representation, and more.” There are several ways to respond (https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond.html). Note that due to COVID-19, the Census Bureau has just issued the following updates: field operations have been extended to June 1, 2020. The new response deadline is October 31, 2020.
LOOK TOWARD THE FUTURE
It’s been suggested that this could be a time of “Re-imagining.” Perhaps we’re developing new insights that will be valuable as we – some day – enter our “New Reality.” More people may now realize that teachers are way under-valued, for instance. I hope we’re learning to: find as many ways of helping each other as we can; appreciate the real-life heroes all around us; enjoy the clean air. Did you know that Los Angeles has, in the past month, turned into one of the cleanest-air cities? And other cities that have markedly improved airquality are Phoenix, Paris, New Delhi, and Beijing.