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Mental toughness during the pandemic: Keeping seniors’ spirits up

Things changed for Peter when he - like all British Columbians - was required to self-isolate due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Being completely alone at home for an extended period of time, with no clear sense of when the restrictions would be lifted, made a real impact on Peter’s health, both physical and mental.

7 ways to get the most out of spring while physical distancing

These past few months have provided some unique challenges for Canadians, and while the practice of physical distancing remains in effect, we all are eager to enjoy this upcoming season. Spring this year will certainly look different, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t take advantage of the weather while still keeping healthy habits during COVID-19. We’ve compiled a list of activity ideas to keep your spring season fun:
 

Still providing HELP during pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped Avel Juatco from going into people’s homes to set them up with wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds or lifts. It just means that the Health Equipment Loan Program technician has to wear personal protective gear like masks and gloves to ensure her own safety and that of her clients in Metro Vancouver, B.C.

For people living in conflict zones, COVID-19 presents a dangerous threat

For people living in conflict zones, the COVID-19 pandemic represents an additional dangerous threat. Learn why International Humanitarian Law is important to protecting civilians' health in these conflict zones.  

QUIZ: What Kind of Physical Distancer Are You?

Canadians across the country are  physical distancing in different ways. Take this quiz and learn what kind of distancer you are and find some resources for your physical and mental wellness.
 

Checking in to stay connected during COVID-19

During a typical disaster, Red Cross volunteers would check on how someone is coping through a face-to-face visit, however, in keeping with COVID-19 physical distancing requirements, teams are currently doing daily check-ins by phone. In Saskatchewan, volunteers have already made more than 200 wellness check phone calls to people with vulnerabilities being supported in self-isolation.

After quarantine, a letter to say thank you

After returning to Canada following their time aboard The Grand Princess Cruise ship, Linda and her husband Wray, spent 14 days at Canadian Forces Base Trenton in quarantine. Now returned home, Linda took a moment to send a letter sharing her experiences. 

Setting up our field hospital to help in COVID-19 response

With the Red Cross since 2011, Sam Dueck has deployed as a technician with the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) to far away regions like Jordan, Sierra Leone, and Ecuador. His latest posting was much closer to home. He went to Vancouver to set up an alternative care site.

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