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The following podcast is provided by pinnacles senior placements LLC and answers for elders radio. And Welcome back to everyone to answers for elders radio and we are here again with Daffy Davis and she I have to say, definitely you’ve been such a joy to have on the show today because I know that there’s a lot of families that are struggling not only with, you know, senior loved ones, but with their own lives, and a lot of families that are listening have children at home and they’re trying to figure out like what to do with their kids. And you know, I’ve been hearing a lot of things going on in our community and so what I wanted to do with you, and thank you so much for humoring me, is I really want to talk about all the positive things that are going on in neighborhoods and I would love you and I to kind of be a catalyst that maybe there’s some families out there that are listening that are trying to figure out what to do with their kids and and you know, there might be some opportunities there for us to to help them make a difference in the seniors in their world. I think that’s a great idea and I have some fun things to share with you and and many of you are going to know some of them. But one that just tickled my heart and that’s just happened this week. I was out in my yard and I was doing some yard work and I have a dry river bed in my front yard with just some stones and rocks, Footnot, and I was brushing out the leaves and you know whatever, and I look down and there’s a rock that has the painting of a leaf on it that was done in black and white, and so this little rock blended in a lot with my dry river bed and I was just tickled because I know there are some kids in our neighborhood that are doing painting rocks and they’re hiding them in the neighborhood and I know that such joy to just find this little rock. I also had, and this was I don’t even know who did this one, but at Easter time it was an Easter plaque and it was just an probably a leftover tile that someone did on a ring model and they painted on this tile and it said Happy Easter on there and it had it was probably like an eight, nine, ten year old. I could tell by the drowning, but they paint on of a picture on there and it was just one of my heart and was sitting next to my front door where I have some flowers, and it was just a delightful surprise. So little things like that can definitely be done. The good part of that playing your children’s giving of themselves. They’re learning how to bring lay to someone else’s life and I just love that. That was one like that. To what can we do? I’m part of an APP called next door. I don’t even know if you know about that APP, Daphne, do? Yeah, okay, good. Well, next door in you know, I live in uncle t o, so I get all the things that are going on in my neighborhood. You know, people are talking about you know, like restaurants that are doing special things or you know, are one of the things that I’ve really noticed that every neighborhood’s coming together as if a rest arets really struggling. That’s a local location. I’ve seen somebody make a post about it and then everybody goes there and orders from that restaurant, which I think is so cool. It’s happening, but one of the thing that also been going on is I it’s broken my heart, but it’s touched my heart at the same time. I’ve had a couple of seniors. Seen a couple of posts where seniors have said, you know, I’m in a apartment here at harbor point and I not the retirement community, but in just an independent apartment. And you know my my family, they live on the East Coast and my I am just I am lonely and I don’t know how to necessarily, you know, do this. But first of all it had to take enormous courage for that senior to post something like that. But then I saw the most amazing thing I come about. I saw seniors that said, you know, Mary, let’s talk on the phone. Mary, DO YOU HAVE A tablet? I will teach you how to use zoom and we could talk. All of a sudden Mary’s got like twelve friends from the neighborhood that are going to see her, and that spurred on some more things. Somebody else posted their picture of a lawn chair out in her driveway and it says coming to your driveway another day soon, and then she posted it in was I’m going to come and visit you and your driveway if you want, if you want company. And so then a couple of these other neighbors did the same thing. Say, and so now it’s just an empty lawn chair. But say now they somebody said, well, I have a big backyard, a big backyard, we can all sit six feet apart, we can wear masks and we can all visit. And so now they’re doing and I think it’s Tuesday afternoons at two o’clock or it’s Thursdays in my neighborhood, they’re going to this woman’s yard and this is another senior that’s alone and they’re actually coming in social distancing and having having a dialog, being separate from each other outside, and I think this is a stuff that really is been amazing, where people as a community are coming together, and that is exciting thing to see. The painted rocks are amazing and I love that these things are happening in our neighborhoods and I know in my neighborhoods these things are happening, but they’ve got to be happening all over the place and of course we would love answers for elders. If you go to answers for elderscom and share your story of what’s going on in your neighborhood. We would love to start, you know, talking about these things right now. ME. Yes, you know, then you’re thinking along the same lines I was in terms of there’s an easy way to get a hold of me at my website. But if you would share the creative ideas that Pinnacle Senior Placementscom or answers for others, the same thing, because let us know, what are the creative ideas that are? You know, keep it simple, because we’re just regular folk out here. It does not be all extravagant. Just the simplest of things can really make a difference. I’m going to share another one. In my sister’s neighborhood, somebody built a book library in their neighborhood. Now what those have been around for a while, right, and they went to their community facebook page. They have a private facebook page, right, and they let everybody know this is our new book exchange. You know, if you’re tired of reading your books or if you would like to conversation about books, here we go. Let’s read the same book. SORGE. Put them in there and rotate them or put puzzles in there. And we can rotate the jigsaw puzzles and but little things that kind of have a connectedness out of that. My sister was telling me that two neighbors didn’t know that they had same, similar backgrounds and they became friends and they didn’t have love. So I love that silver lining out of this covid nineteen of having a slower piece of life that allows us to connect with people connect. That’s really as the thing. I think that is we talked about silver linings. You know, in the we’re city olden days, when I was a child growing up in the S, you know, as in early S, before we had internet and all these things, we actually dialog with our neighbors. We actually went out and actually got together with our neighborhoods, you know, and had block parties and we did things like that. And some way fromhow the world’s change that everybody’s so busy and they are, you know, they have their own virtual world, but they don’t necessarily step outside their door. And this is I think we’ve happening with this, you know, this sheltering in place scenario, because we’re able now to walk out on our yards and, you know, go on a social distance walk and we’re able to say hello to our neighbors that are doing the same thing and we’re actually learning to connect, and I think that’s, yeah, one of the great things that have come from this, which is important. Yeah, it really is important. There, when we put our mind to it, as Americans, we can do anything, we can figure it out, we can make things just come together and find that the goodness and something reach out. At the very beginning of this hour, I was talking about, you know, having patient, keeping your smile, giving yourself grace, grace for other people, peace, and I think if we just hang on to that will be okay. In the second part, second segment, we were talking about a little bit of giving of yourself. And you know, how could I do this, even the smallest of things, to be able to get rid of that box of cards that you thought that you would have sent up long time ago? Make it happen, set yourself a goal, to make it happen that you’re going to write out a card and mail it to somebody if you need someone to mail it for you. You know, if you’re already savvy and you know what next door is or you have a community page, let somebody know that I’ve got some mail that I need to get to the post office, you know where, or venture out and go to your mail box and dare to put that flag up and say yes, Mr Mailman, I’ve got some mail to go out it. Yes, whatever it takes the s step out and courage and step out and, in the heart of love for someone else, have a little bit of ripple effect. Yes, and I think too, through the next door APP, which has been kind of cool, is I’ve been able to match up some of our people in our neighborhood with the senior living places in my neighborhood. And so just by me making a phone called, everready know me professionally. So it’s that’s been a great I felt really good about being a bridge for these. A lot of these things to happen with seniors who are inside a senior living and that’s an exciting thing too. Is You know, maybe if you have a neighborhood and you would like to connect with the senior living community, contact dat me and say this is you know. Definitely, I’m sure you would love to get phone calls like that from people saying I live in Renton or live in Newcastle and if anybody knows these communities. It’s Daphanie. You know them right? Yeah, yeah, or if I don’t, I’ll certainly know somebody that dies. Yeah, we can definitely network. Yes, so we are excited now. And and you know, one last thing before we go, and I think this is a really exciting thing, is that I got a request and I was actually going to ask you, so I’m going to put you on the spot here. I got a request from one of our communities. They would like to have the Seahawk cars do a parade at their senior living community. I have a link to this, the lesion of the wheels of boom the Seahawk, you know, decorated cars, and to do some sort of a parade like that. I would love to create a caravan that would start it’s the homish county and go all the way down and end in Pierce County. I was going to call you and see a pinnacle with kind of like to help we put that together with the senior living communities, because you know what their layouts are and if there would be a possibility we could do some fun things over father’s Day weekend for our senior, you know, our senior fathers. That are in senior living and you know, there might be a real opportunity for us to bring some light with answers for Elders and Pinnacle. Yeah, you never know. That sounds like a possibility for sure. At least it sounds fun. Yeah, so in the meantime, Japan, how do we reach you? You can reach out to at Pinnacle senior placements at eight hundred and fifty five, seven thirty four, fifteen hundred. If I don’t answer the phone right away, like my phone has been ringing right now and I haven’t been able to answer it because I’m on my somebody else is getting here. We will get to you as soon as possible. At eight hundred and fifty five, seven thirty four. It’s teen hundred, and you can always leave a note as a place for you to email me on our website at Pinnacle Senior Placementscom wonderful and so definitely I’m wishing you the best this week and we’re looking forward to getting through this covid nineteen and with people like you, I’m so grateful you’re there for our families. Well, I’m glad I’m here because it gives me a great joy. So please don’t ever hesitate to give us a call. All Right, guys? Well, thank you so much, Daphne, and we will again talk food. Sounds Great. Thank you so much. Thank you, and I would like to thank everyone here who have listened to the show today. I want everyone to know to stay safe, stay home, know that we are all in this together. We got the Seattle all of those things, and make sure you go to answers for elderscom. There’s lots of information we have on coronavirus, on covid nineteen, how to get through things and some inspirational stories too. So in the meantime, that everyone be good to each other. The preceding podcast was provided by pinnacles senior placements LLC and answers for elders radio. To contact pinnacles senior placements, go to Pinnacle Senior Placementscom.
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