COVID-19 The Great ResetSeptember 29, 2021 2:24 am
It’s hard to believe we are heading toward the end of our second year of the COVID Pandemic and still experiencing snap lockdowns with the recent Delta strain outbreak.
As a result of COVID-19 the way we live our lives has changed dramatically. We are spending more time at home, paying attention to our home and our gardens and appreciating a simpler life.
Throughout history all of the big disruptions have reset the way we live. The Black Plague, a medieval European pandemic, killed approximately 200 million people, but it paved the way for our modern sanitation systems. The Spanish flu pandemic 1918 revolutionised the way we manage immunisation and set new standards of infection control precautions. Closer to home, Australia’s Black Saturday fires in 2009 changed our building codes forever.
The COVID-19 pandemic will have a lasting impact on all of us. We are already seeing this in our workplaces and in our shopping habits. Real estate is booming in rural and regional areas, technology has kept us connected in our workplace and with our families.
All generations are using, for example, Google Home/Siri to voice control the temperature of our homes and home lighting.
New apartment developments targeting people who are 65-75 years ‘young’ are providing more ‘community’ plus support offerings like concierge services and active lifestyle programs.
Electric vehicles will eventually become the norm for us and right now we are seeing all generations using e-bikes particularly the 65-75 year generations who want to make the most of these bikes for both transport and staying active.
COVID-19 has forced us to assess not only our work/life business practices but also how we want to live. The great reset has allowed us to focus on what really matters and building genuine connections.
Digital technologies have given many of us a lifeline during lockdown, but also provide an illusion of connection.
Our new challenge will be to find ways for technology to make deeper, more meaningful connections with each other.
People Don’t See Age as a Number
October is Ageism Awareness month. The Every AGE Counts campaign looks at how changing the way we talk about being older can change our attitudes, and help us address ageism.
Most of us in Australia will live longer, healthier lives than any generation before us. This presents enormous opportunities for us as individuals, for our communities and for our nation. Yet as a society we are not taking the opportunity to realise this potential. We need to remove the barriers that prevent full participation of people over 65. At the heart of these barriers are ageist norms and negative attitudes towards our senior community.
Short Term Restorative Care program (STRC)
McLean Care has been successful as an approved STRC provider in July 2021.
The STRC Program provides early intervention services to older people to reverse or slow ‘functional decline’ in older people. ‘Functional decline’ is when a person is having difficulty performing their day-to-day activities.
These services are tailored for each person and can involve a number of different health professionals. The STRC 8 week program aims to improve wellbeing and independence and to help older people continue living in their own home. If you’re over 65 and want to find out about eligibility, our services and costs, please contact one of our intake team members on 1300 791 660.
With the end of 2021 in sight, being flexible and adaptable will be a big part of our future, but to build a better future, we must all work together so that we all can look back at this RESET with a sense of accomplishment and pride.