We recognize that many seniors in our community are living with trauma and other adverse childhood experiences from their growing up years and even into adulthood. They have survived but still live with the impact of those experiences. Add the isolation our seniors are living with currently due to COVID-19 may be stirring up the pain from those past experiences.
Our seniors living in independent apartments and condominium buildings, and those living in long term care facilities, need connection more than ever. While some are fluent in technology, others don’t use computers, don’t use Facetime, and can’t participate in “zoom” events to stay connected.
Dec 2020: SRQ Strong’s Committee on Aging, Trauma, & Resilience and Church of the Redeemer partnered for an afternoon of caroling - an initiative to bring some joy to isolated communities during the holidays. On Friday, December 18th, 2020, four singers led by Choirmaster Sam Nelson from downtown Sarasota’s Church of the Redeemer, performed an assortment of favorite Christmas music, including “Ding Dong! Merrily on high,” “I saw three ships,” and others, for residents at three Sarasota communities: United Church Homes’ Sunshine Village, Casa Santa Marta I & II, and McCown Towers. The singers include Allison Lubas, Thea Lobo, Zachary Stockman, and Daniel Cartlidge. View some of their performance on our Facebook, HERE.
Feb 2021: Aging, Trauma, and Resilience committee members, along with surprise help from students at Palmetto Charter School, created over 230 Valentines' Day cards that were distributed to residents at Casa Santa Marta, McCown Towers, and Holy Cross. In a time where our aging community members living in independent apartments, condominium buildings, and long-term care facilities are still experiencing isolation due to the pandemic, staying connected is one of the committee's main goals.
SRQ Strong appreciates the efforts of all the volunteers who contribute to these issues, including Antoinette Johnson and Andrea Routh - as well as Cinthia Pena, Grecia Corredor, Tania Corredor, and Maria "Chua" Zapata for the Spanish translation.
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