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With a wee bit of Irish luck, we were given our first vaccinations at Beaverton Lodge on St. Patrick's Day. Never before have we looked forward to a shot with such anticipation. Is it any wonder the Roaring 20s followed the 1917 Pandemic? We are now just weeks away from re-entering the world knowing we are safe.

Especially for seniors, the level of uncertainty during the Covid-19 pandemic has been anxiety-provoking and people became habituated to a new way of living primarily indoors and away from others. They controlled their activities and surroundings to remain safe and it's not surprising that the upcoming re-entry changes are unsettling. And while we are excited to visit with friends and family, go shopping, visit care providers and be amongst people again, there is a morsel of anxiety after a year in relative seclusion. So how can we make our transition easy?

Start slow. There's no need to overwhelm yourself in the beginning. Understand that your anxieties are natural, and others feel them too. Simple mindfulness and staying present will help you recognize when you are overstimulated. Many of us have felt a disconnect from joyful social interactions so take the opportunity to rebuild emotional foundations with your friends. And remember, there will always be seniors with different comfort levels from Janet dancing on the tables to Phil feeling tense with too many people talking around him. All responses are expected.

At Beaverton Lodge, the care and well-being of our beloved seniors is our first priority, both physically and emotionally. If you are interested in taking a tour of Beaverton Lodge, give us a call today and let us schedule a time when our doors are fully open.

Beaverton Lodge

503-646-0635

12900 S.W. Ninth Street

Beaverton, Oregon, 97005

www.beavertonlodge.com

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