In Pursuit of the Sunbeam

This page is intended as a resource for the challenges we all face during the Covid-19 pandemic or any times requiring physical, but NOT social isolation. We offer you weekly flyers, short videos and additional resources curated with care. New resources added in every category – all the time.


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Contributing to the Community Enhances Daily Life

From a visit to Perham Living in Perham, MN

For some SPRING FUN, try your hand at some of these quizzes about the Kentucky Derby from Wiser Now. CLICK HERE (More about Wiser Now further down.)

CLICK THE ARTICLE IMAGE ABOVE TO READ OR DOWNLOAD THIS ARTICLE

Read this wonderful, encouraging story from the Washington Post. Marilee Shapiro Asher works in twos: two husbands, two children. And now, two pandemics…


FAMILY FOCUS: OFFERING COMFORT & LISTENING


FAMILY FOCUS: OFFERING SUPPORT & REASSURANCE FROM A DISTANCE


FAMILY FOCUS: Sending Care Packages to maintain connection

Care packages keep residents engaged, connected with loved ones

FAMILY FOCUS: Socializing from a Distance

What to say and how to listen to spark meaningful connection on the phone



More Short Videos With Megan Hannan

Introducing the Comfort Series of video shorts

Offering Comfort Through Personal Connection

Offering Comfort Through Validation and Empathy


More Ideas & Resources

Research from the Mather Institute: GREAT EXPECTATIONS: HOW OLDER ADULTS’ EXPECTATIONS OF GENERATIVITY AFFECT WELL-BEING


Headspace has been getting a lot of attention lately, and to help support any and all of us through this time of crisis, they are offering some meditations you can listen to any time. Find a way to use these where you are!



Staff, residents and families may all find some helpful advice from astronauts and submariners in this article on the World Economic Forum website (weforum.org). If nothing else, watch Chris Hadfield’s amazing Space Oddity music video!  CLICK HERE


A ‘Sunbeam Jar’ Might Help Turn Elders’ Sadness Into Hope.

Social distancing isn’t easy for anyone. All of us are going through challenges right now. However, there are certain ways you might be able to lift spirits while also staying realistic.  Here is another idea that might click with folks. Every time you wish you could do something, go somewhere, treat yourself, see someone you love, visit a new place, invite people to visit us, etc. – write it down on a sticky note and put it in a jar. When all this is over, you’ll work your way through the jar and be more grateful than ever for the little and lovely things in our lives. Until then, enjoy watching the jar fill up with magical things to look forward to.


www.WiserNow.com is a great resource website for slide shows, activity ideas, and lots more. They also produce a free weekly newsletter – sign up for it on their website!

Wiser Now provides lighthearted and engaging programming for senior communities and classrooms, and anxiety-reducing distraction for health care waiting rooms and restaurants.”

Read a great variety of clever craft ideas from Wiser Now on their blog page “Creating Delight”


VIRTUAL GARDEN TOURS. We can’t see them in person, but here is a way to tour them from where you are: CLICK HERE


WATCH THIS HEARTWARMING VIDEO of two women in a car. One of them learns something beautiful that tranforms her. 

A RESOURCE for families of someone living with dementia from In the Moment: CLICK HERE

APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH! Try this to lift spirits. Listen to Poetry as video, playing on wall-mounted smart TV in common area. CLICK HERE


A little more humor…


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