While the pandemic has kept so many of us away from physical contact with our loved ones, communication has not stopped. Far from it, in fact! We’ve all grown pretty familiar with online programs that allow us to connect virtually and see each other’s faces on screen. Certainly, here at Anthem Memory Care communities we use many of these technologies to facilitate connections between our residents and family members.
However, we also have encouraged the sending and receiving of artwork and letters back and forth between our residents and families. And, as our inter-generational visits have had to be put on hold these days, many of our residents have been the happy recipients of handwritten notes and artwork from local students, many of whom have grown to love and care deeply about our residents.
Recently Grace Point Place Memory Care residents were treated to a very special mail delivery: artwork created by two amazing teens, both of whom are blind and deaf!
Twenty-year old Austin Savickas and his eighteen-year old brother, Zachary decided to give back to the Oak Lawn community by spreading some love and good cheer through artwork. Together they produced over fifty pieces of art which included words of inspiration and hope, made especially for our Grace Point Place residents. And it has brought many smiles to their faces!
The brothers’ act of kindness caught the attention of the Oak Lawn Independent newspaper and local Chicago ABC Channel 7 news. Below is the video spotlighting the Savickas brothers and some of their inspirational artwork:
Shannon Dahlman, Grace Point Place’s community relations director, was interviewed by the Oak Lawn Independent as to the value of receiving the teens’ artwork. “The artwork is very meaningful to both the teens and the residents,” she said. “It gives our seniors joy and reminds them of how much they are loved during this time that has been challenging for elders everywhere.”
If you have a loved one living on their own or in a senior living community, send them a note, photograph or some of your own artwork. Sharing in this way brings so much hope to those who may feel isolated during this holiday season!
(The cover image of this grateful Grace Point Place resident is courtesy of the Oak Lawn Independent.)