Why We Can’t Go Back To The Way It’s Always Been

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This pandemic has forced us to slow down and BE with one another…virtually and out in nature. We have ways to be present that perhaps we wouldn’t have thought of before. Let us take these opportunities and keep them as we GROW forward.

Michelle Olson, PHD, Gerontologist, Creative Arts Therapist, and Owner of GeroPros

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Today we speak with Michelle Olson, social gerontologist and a creative arts therapist, about digging deeper during this pandemic and creating new opportunities for our future. Michelle shares:

  • How we can instill creativity in our current virtually-connected world
  • Why this isn’t a new problem for our older adults, and what we can do about it (NOTE: this would be where we talk about not going backwards)
  • Learning mindfulness and embracing gratitude in the midst of chaos

As always, we ask our guests, “In one-year from today, what would you like the world to look like?” 

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Mavericks of Senior Living is sponsored by Serenity App, Inc. and Assured Assisted Living. This episode was produced by Katherine Wells and Francis LeGasse.   You can subscribe to Mavericks for Senior Living on Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher. You can also find us on TwitterFacebook, or via email at challenges@mavericksofseniorliving.

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