Feel Good Friday: Staying Positive During COVID-19

Staying current with news on the coronavirus (COVID-19) is an important part of thoughtful citizenship, but it’s also a little draining. So here are a few positive newsbites for your weekend…

Nursing Home Resident is USA’s Oldest COVID-19 Survivor

Bill Lapschies, a 104-year-old World War II vet, is believed to be the oldest coronavirus survivor in the United States. The world’s oldest distinction, once held by Mr. Lapschies, now goes to Cornelia Ras, a 107-year-old woman and coronavirus survivor from the Netherlands. Mr. Lapschies, a resident of the Edward C. Allworth Veterans’ Home in Lebanon, Oregon, began to show symptoms on March 5, and was put into isolation. When asked how he beat the disease, which is particularly deadly among the elderly, he replied, “I don’t know. It just went away. Sit out here and you can get rid of anything.”

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Actor Matthew McConaughey Calls Virtual Bingo for Seniors

Academy-Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey helped brighten the spirits of residents in quarantine at The Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living in Texas on Monday by leading a few rounds of virtual bingo during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Family Celebrates 90th Birthday Through Window

Friends and family threw a surprise 90th birthday party for Helen Miller, a nursing home resident in Evansville, Indiana. Due to the spread of COVID-19, nursing homes across the country have stopped visitation from family and friends. Mrs. Miller’s party was accomplished with celebrants participating via video applications and a window outside her residence at The Village at Hamilton Pointe nursing home.

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Project Helps Volunteers Connect to Isolated Seniors

StoriiTime is a free project that is looking to relieve the loneliness of isolation due to the pandemic by connecting seniors to children and their families to read them bedtime stories over Zoom calls. The initiative is lead by Storri, a software firm for senior care facilities.

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Our attorneys at Brown & Barron, LLC focus on representing nursing home residents who have been neglected or abused. We know first-hand how these facilities function, and just how vulnerable residents are to injuries. If you believe you or a family member has suffered as a result of nursing home negligence, we invite you to contact our team as soon as possible to learn more about your rights and options.

To learn more about how the coronavirus is affecting nursing homes and their residents, visit our coronavirus update blog. To contact our team, call (410) 698-1717 for a consultation.

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