Defining “Community” In the Age Of Covid

By February 11, 2021Uncategorized
It’s now been over 9 months since Covid 19 changed everyone’s life. Lock-down is a phrase that is associated with the different world that has become the “new normal”. We know that loneliness is more than just a mental state of mind. It can contribute to declining health, particularly for the elderly. So how do we now define “community”? It encompasses many changes. The dictionary defines virtual as “existing or resulting in essence or effect though not in actual fact, form or name”. As I wrote in a previous blog, the word “virtual” has taken on broadened meaning and it is contributing to the way in which we communicate and socialize with friends, family and colleagues. “Zoom” is no longer just a description of speeding. It’s a platform that has become a critical tool in getting together with others both personally and professionally. We visit with our family members, share stories and catch up on how we are doing. We “meet” with our staff and our clients whenever possible in order to personalize our communication. In other words, we adapt so that we don’t have to exist in isolation.