For some families, this will be one of the most emotional and meaningful Mother’s Days of their lives as it might be the first chance to see their mothers and grandmothers in person for more than a year. Faced with a raging pandemic that hit older adults hardest, families have been staying apart in order to keep their moms (and dads) safe. Thanks to a nationwide effort that prioritized COVID-19 vaccinations for older Americans, and the extraordinary efforts here in our community, these reunions have already begun for many families.
Even as families depended on technology to stay in touch, many moms also depended on their daily personal relationships with professional caregivers and volunteers who brought joy and companionship, who delivered meals and made well-check calls that helped stave off the depression that separation can bring. Strong bonds were forged. Many caregivers have become surrogate family members to some of our moms, and many volunteers have forged loving bonds with older residents in our community.