Michele W., Engineering
My mother and mother-in-law are both turning 80 this year, so when stay-at-home guidelines were announced, my husband, children and I set up a daily call with them on Google Hangouts. We wanted to make sure they were up, moving around and alert every day. It was a way to see how they were doing mentally and emotionally. This quickly expanded, and now we have aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters who also join the call. My mother lives alone in an over-55 complex — there’s no more going out to breakfast or lunch or even just meeting in the hall to chat.
The daily conversation goes anywhere, but we try to stay away from news about the pandemic if we can. It can be exhausting for us all to squeeze the call in each day on top of all of our other responsibilities, but we know we’re helping them stay engaged. At the end of every call, they say, “we’re doing this again tomorrow, right?”