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April 28 Updates

Happy Tuesday, Village members and volunteers! Here is your weekly dose of news, ideas, events, and humor.

Do you have ideas, funny videos, or pointers to share? Please send them to villagewwnewsletter@gmail.com so we can share with the group!

Supporting Local Small Businesses

The Stay at Home order and social distancing has impacted our local small businesses greatly over the past several weeks. You can help by purchasing from those businesses that are still open for takeout and curbside delivery.

Two local businesses that support Village Without Walls by providing space for our coffee socials could use our help now.

BJ’s Coffee Co. in Forest Grove has hot and cold beverages, sandwiches, burritos, coffee beans, and gift cards. Order online or call 503-357-0969. Open Monday to Saturday 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM (closed Sunday). Takeout or curbside pickup.

Decadent Creations Bakery in Hillsboro is still baking delicious dessert items and the newly opened Collective Market has freshly made soup, potato salad, pasta, grab-and-go sandwiches, fresh bread, and household items. Place an order online or call 503-430-7619. Takeout or curbside pickup. Open Monday – Saturday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Sunday 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Loneliness Increasing Due to COVID-19 Restrictions

Staying at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to change the way we conduct our daily lives and increased the number of people experiencing loneliness. Here are two examples:

  • Buying groceries online for pickup or delivery means we are not socially interacting with our fellow shoppers or store personnel.
  • Attending church services or meetings via Zoom allows you to see faces of friends and colleagues, but lacks the feeling of connection that you experience when sitting in the same room together.

Loneliness is not merely a feeling; it is an innate warning signal to seek out others—similar to hunger serving as a signal to search for food. This blog post from Homes.com includes suggestions for coping with loneliness.

Do you know someone experiencing isolation or loneliness?

Isolation and loneliness can be dangerous for seniors anytime, but right now the stakes are higher than ever. Please use these resources and share them with anyone you know who could use some help.

 

Oregon Senior Peer Outreach Line: 1-833-736-4676

Weekly phone-based support and connection with Community Support Solutions. This free service is available to Washington County older adults (55+) experiencing loneliness and isolation. Participants are matched with a trained Peer Support Specialist and receive scheduled weekly phone calls. Se habla español.

 

Oregon Senior Loneliness Line: 503-200-1633

Volunteer warm line available 24/7 with Lines for Life. Trained volunteers offer support and connection at any time for older adults experiencing loneliness and isolation. Available in multiple languages.

Upcoming Virtual Village Events

Village-hosted meetings use GoToMeetingTM. Please read How to Join a GoToMeeting Session.

 

Workshop: Older Adult Depression and Suicide During COVID-19

Wednesday, April 29 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM 

Visit the Oregon Gerontological Society or email oregongero@gmail.com to register. 

Pre-registration required. 

 

Virtual Village Coffee Hour

Wednesday, April 29 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Click meeting link
Meeting ID (if needed): 796-150-669
For audio only, call (571) 317-3122. 

Everyone welcome.
 

Virtual Village Happy Hour

Friday May 1 - 4:00 PM

Click meeting link
Meeting ID (if needed): 283-140-445  
For audio only, call (646) 749-3129. 

Everyone welcome.

Video of the Week:
Sarah Kay's If I Should Have a Daughter

Poet Sarah Kay recites "If I Should Have a Daughter"

From Village member and volunteer Elaine Nelson:

"This positive poem by Sarah Kay really resonates with what I want to feel right now. I think others would enjoy it. People could also check out her entire TED Talk as well."

Watch the video.

And finally... a little humor for our times.

Kay Pruitt demonstrates how to make a face mask in this DIY video gone wrong.

Kay Pruitt's love of posting DIY videos exceeds her actual skill in this comedic tutorial gone wrong. Thanks to Village member Kathryn Warrior for sharing!

Watch the video.

Comic: I need to get out of this bed! I'm late for the couch!
Dogs wondering why all the humans are wearing muzzles
If you thought toilet paper was crazy... just wait until 300 million people all want a haircut appointment
Thank you to Village volunteer Maureen O'Rourke for sharing!

That's it for this week. Stay home, stay healthy!

And don't forget: send your favorite videos, classes, articles, and practical tips to us at villagewwnewsletter@gmail.com.

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Village Without Walls
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Hillsboro 97124
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