Someone asked that question recently…. The simple, stark question sums up the unusual nature of the time we are living through. Of course, it is STILL the summer for a while longer, but so much has already been missing.
Another question we heard,,, “Is Neighbors Network still around? The answer, definitely "YES"!
We are here for sure, although group outings and community events are postponed for now and our social activities look quite different. Our Volunteers have been amazingly flexible and always so generous, as they support the mission we all share… engaging with others in the community to stay connected and active! __________________________________________________________________________
* ESSENTIAL SERVICES have continued, including rides to medical/dental appointments, various therapies, grocery shopping, pharmacy pickups and other specific essential rides.
Our Neighbors Network COVID-19 Guidelines follow the CDC and local Health Dept rules. Our Members and Volunteers appreciate the safety-conscious practices we ALWAYS follow.
Mask Production is gearing up again in mid-September, so if you have a need or would like to donate cotton fabric. narrow elastic, or your cutting-out talents, contact Dee.
*Social Distancing - Social distancing doesn't mean isolating emotionally from those who need us the most. Give your neighbor a call just to say he llo. *Find a Pen Pal - Do you remember having a pen pal? Maybe invite a young family member to be your pen pal for a while. Or a young person you know from your old neighborhood, or from a local community group. A nice touch if possible - provide a small supply of envelopes, paper, stamps... and your mailing address. *Learn to Use Online Social Platforms - This is a big one, especially if you have been avoiding this until now. Many older adults like to use videoconferencing such as Skype, FaceTime and Zoom. This allows for conversations to happen and boosts relationships - and in these times, we need to have good conversations and "think out loud" and share our lives. It can be helpful for a family member or friend (or a Neighbors Network volunteer) to teach us how to use these services and applications(apps). Access to a smart phone, iPad or computer is required. It may be awkward at first, but all of us started at zero with this technology, and it has made a big difference in connection and participation. (We would love to hear your thoughts on this topic, and how NN might be able to help).
*Choose Your News - Cutting down on constant and often upsetting news updates can be a great way to give your mind a break and avoid anxiety and depression. This doesn't mean avoiding the news altogether, but we CAN choose to monitor how much and what kind of news we're hearing and seeing .
And... CHECK OUT the Center for Health & Wellbeing below for free and informative programming throughout each month:
____________________________________________________________________ COMING in OCTOBER
Share Your Skill or Talent
Neighbors Network members and volunteers have so many skills and talents, we're starting a new program: NN's virtual Teach n Learn We are seeking Volunteers and Members who have a hobby, craft or topic they'd like to share online with other Members and Volunteers.
We will set up the Zoom class for you and someone will show you how it works, if needed.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to: cooking and sharing recipes, gardening ideas, general crafts, holiday crafts, meditation, etc..
For our first class in Oct, Sheryl is going to teach us how to bake Biscotti (known by European Jewish families as "Mandelbrot") A favorite tasty cookie-type dessert that your family & friends will be requesting from you at all gatherings!!
What skills or talents would YOU like to share via a Zoom class?
Each lesson will be up to 30 minutes with a short Q & A. We hope to hear from you!
Contact Holly: firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-914-2951
The NN Bookmobile is still rolling.....
Volunteers Sue and Gilda have added new titles and better organization to this fun experience.... so our famous Bookmobile will be rolling into your neighborhood on Mondays 9/14 and 9/28 between 11 &1.
All COVID Guidelines are followed! No due dates or fines, just reading!
For a current list of titles/authors, or to schedule a visit, contact Dee.
Have you EVER tried using INSTACART for your grocery shopping needs?
Message from a current NN member and frequent INSTACART/Publix user: "I love it! I'm very satisfied with the service and have already gotten my money's worth... I no longer "impulse buy" because I am working from my own list of 'basic purchases' plus any special menu items that I need. (cost= $99 annual membership plus tipping level of my choice). The lNSTACART app gives me a clear photo of every item I am considering, including size and any details." Annette K. A special offer for September:
If you would like some coaching help to try out or to set up INSTACART, let Dee know and we'll contact you.
Hurricane Season is only half over!
The National Hurricane Centers says this...
IN FACT September is the PEAK MONTH
Remember????? IRMA 2017 Frances....Jeanne.... Ivan.... etc... etc.... Water.... Batteries.... A plan... canned food, manual can opener... all your meds....
Shelter info.... and don't forget pet care needs!
FLU Shot? Yes!
Flu vaccination is especially important for people 65 years and older because they are at high risk of developing serious complications from flu. Flu vaccines are updated each season as needed to keep up with changing viruses. Also, immunity wanes over a year so annual vaccination is needed to ensure the best possible protection against flu. A flu vaccine protects against the flu viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Flu vaccines for 2020-2021 have been updated from last season's vaccine to better match circulating viruses. Immunity from vaccination fully sets in after about two weeks.