In the past, I worked out and about in the community where I developed programs and events for municipalities, libraries, seniors centres, retirement homes, art galleries and museums. Now, like many others, I’m grounded and working from home.
New normal: track pants and plaid shirts.
Looking back to March 17th, 2020 we knew we could expect some significant changes when the Ontario Government declared a COVID-19 State of Emergency. In the short term, the pandemic crisis landed most non-essential workers at home.
Our recent consultations with our older adults 50+ clients and program participants indicated they are:
- worried about finances and hoping/needing to continue some type of paid work (20%)
- seeking creative ideas to maintain positive mental health while dealing with personal stress, feelings of loss and uncertainty (38%)
- needing help to learn more about technology to stay connected and engaged with the community (42%)
So yes, it’s also a great opportunity to learn and adjust while we create new spaces and places at home and on the web. The art studio is getting a new look.