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Summer Reflections on Staying Safe

The situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing rapidly. Here is the latest advice from public health experts about the best way to protect yourself and to reduce the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

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Congress invests in most pressing needs, but budget restrictions remain

House appropriators are acting quickly to move FY21 funding bills through the committee process and floor debate. They aim to have all twelve pieces of legislation approved by the end of July. While COVID-19 relief legislation is taking up the country’s attention, these funding bills also have high stakes. We have advice for advocates who want to make sure older adults are supported.

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Village Connector Experience: Reaffirming, Rebuilding, and Rejecting Social Isolation

The pandemic has heightened everyone’s sense of isolation to unparalleled levels, due to required physical distancing. If we don’t address this need differently, then loneliness will deepen, especially in older adults, impacting their mental and physical health.

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Simple Ways to Check In and Show Up for Yourself

As we navigate these difficult times, you might feel depleted and tired like the Rose of Jericho—but you, too, can spring back. In these trying times, it can be easy to wear ourselves out when trying to support those around us. Take 5 minutes to check in on yourself with these questions.

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Fighting Isolation With Video Visits

With the separation necessary during COVID-19, it seems like anything we can do to help each other feel connected and loved is worth it. It might be a simple thing recording a little message, but in individual homes, in senior care facilities, and nursing homes we are hearing more and more how much people appreciate these thoughtful endeavors.

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