It’s difficult to think about anything other than COVID-19 these days, and many other subjects seem trivial by comparison anyway.

In response to my blog last week, I heard from several readers who shared the creative actions their senior living communities are taking to keep residents healthy and active socially, physically and cognitively. You’ll be reading more in future articles, but allow me to share some videos with you now.

The Woods at Canco, a Holiday Retirement community in Portland, ME, for instance, found a way to get residents moving outside while still practicing social distancing.

And Kristin Ramirez at Country Meadows Retirement Communities created a video featuring residents with a “Do It For Me” theme to drive home the message of practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Fort Washington, PA-based Acts Retirement-Life Communities shared several videos posted to Facebook pages. At Granite Farms Estates in Media, PA, Executive Director Brian Levesque led a singalong. Residents of Azalea Trace, Pensacola, FL, are making masks for healthcare workers. And residents of Gwynedd Estates in Ambler, PA, share what makes them smile in a video.

What makes me smile is seeing communities come together, despite all of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, to find different ways to do what they always have done — try to provide a good quality of life for residents.

I hope these videos bring a smile to your face as well. Continue to send photos and links to videos to me at lois.bowers@mcknights.com, and let’s try to keep the smiles coming.