What the older generations can teach us about coping during the coronavirus pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world as we know it. Society has been required to adapt to a new way of living, in order to minimise the virus that has now become the focal point of every news outlet and conversation globally.
For younger generations, it’s hard to comprehend, having not lived through anything quite so globally catastrophic. Those amongst us from older generations have the life experience to help others come to terms with what is happening, to look for some positives in this present experience.
Fortunately, we have some SwanCare Bentley Park residents which fit perfectly into this category! We spoke to them to find out how they were adapting to life during the pandemic, and asked if they had any advice for those looking for some reassuring words of wisdom…
“Jot jobs and ideas down on a list and cross them off as you go. If all else fails, make yourself a cup of tea, cut yourself some slack and relax if you need to! My favourite thing to do is make joke sketches. Overall, keep in contact with those you love, stay positive, have a laugh, and see the funny side of things if you can!”
“This is a time for reflection and being thankful for all that you have! It reminds me of my childhood through WW2, I just can’t help but think how fortunate we are with all the technology and food that we have available at our fingertips. I was a six-year-old child when WW2 started, I lived with my grandparents, there were seven of us in a three-bedroom home. Back then we had no TV, no toys, one hour of radio for children, and can remember we queued in a long line for plain biscuits, only to find out there were none left when we got to front! We got one orange and one apple per year!
I advise you to switch off the TV or choose programs that don’t have anything to do with COVID-19, because you can easily become overwhelmed with the amount that the media report. Have a plan for your day – that has really helped me. Eat fruit and vegetables every day, keep in touch with family and friends, and get out for a walk!”
“When you talk about surviving things, I’ve survived WW2 and the Polio Epidemic. This epidemic doesn’t come close to what people went through back then. It will pass, all we have to do is be patient and do the right thing…your attitude is everything, no help being upset over the situation. Birds are still singing, flowers are still flowering, and the sun is still coming up. Life could be a lot worse!”
“If your family is happy and healthy, you have so much to be thankful for! There is always someone worse off than you, so choose positivity every day and be grateful. Find some good friends if you don’t have family to rely on, or if you don’t then make friends with the people around you like your neighbours. We are so happy living here in the village, it’s a great environment where people are positive and still very active. Happy environments breed happy people.”
“Think of everyone else doing the same thing - stay home and be safe! If people are struggling, I would tell them to give positive affirmations a go. My current affirmation at the moment is “I’m safe and I am as well as I can be.”
“Akora Apartments is generally a happy place with happy people. I look outside and I enjoy it from the inside! Life is a beautiful thing, and you have to accept the fact that physically you can’t do everything, but you can find other things to do. We’re still here, be grateful for that and don’t take it for granted. Positive thoughts will take you a long way.
I’m usually very active (swimming, bowling, golf), but my wife and I are enjoying our time together playing cards and chatting.”
“I remember sugar coming off rations when I was about six years old – It was the best day when you could buy lollies without stamps! We’ve been through some rough things in our lifetime and we’ll get through this one too.”
“Take one day at a time, tomorrow is another new day. Don’t sit and think what’s going to happen in the future – being scared doesn’t help anyone. Do something that makes you happy. If you walk past someone give them a quick smile to acknowledge them - it doesn’t cost a thing and feels so good for everyone involved!”
“Keep the happy memories going and all the laughs, and remember this will be over soon then you can continue having laughs in person with your loved ones. We are all in this together. I think that the SwanCare Village is the best place on earth to live as I have friends all around me and we look out for each other. We all get down, but you need to pick yourself up. Life can get too serious - the best way to live life is to laugh through it!
Covid-19 has no doubt taken its toll on much of society, but we hope that the positive outlook adopted by our lovely residents will shine a light on what has been a turbulent and uncertain time. We’re looking forward to enjoying the freedoms afforded to us before the coronavirus and seeing our residents once again socialise and spend time with loved ones.