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COVID-19 Resource Recap: May 20, 2020

Posted by Erin Pietrak | Tuesday, May 19, 2020

While the Coronavirus curve continues to decline, our nursing homes and our elderly remain the most vulnerable. Protecting them is top priority. The Avila Institute of Gerontology will continue to source and share credible resources to help you navigate these challenges and keep residents and staff safe.

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The Zone, Vol 7: The State of Ambivalence

Posted by Erin Pietrak | Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The reopening across the United States is another adjustment in a long line of adjustments we’ve made throughout this Pandemic and may be triggering its own set of conflicting emotions, swinging from excitement to relief, to fear and back again. In Volume 7 of this guest series, Psychotherapist, Dr. Francis L. Battisti, and Nutritionist, Dr. Helen Battisti help us regain our equilibrium and access our strength.

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The Zone, Vol 6: Grieving in Our Own Way

Posted by Erin Pietrak | Tuesday, May 19, 2020

We’re all experiencing loss on multiple levels right now. Whether it’s loss of a loved one, loss of a job, or loss of the familiar, we’re all grieving in our own way. In Volume 6 of this guest series, Psychotherapist, Dr. Francis L. Battisti, and Nutritionist, Dr. Helen Battisti help us navigate loss and, in the process, regain personal power.

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Happy National Skilled Nursing Care Week from the Avila Institute

Posted by Erin Pietrak | Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Avila Institute of Gerontology would like to recognize the courageous healthcare workers and residents during National Skilled Nursing Care week. We know it’s been beyond hard, and we recognize and commend you. We offer this prayer to you.

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COVID-19 Resource Recap: May 14, 2020

Posted by Erin Pietrak | Wednesday, May 13, 2020

As Covid-19 continues to impact our most vulnerable – the elderly – the Avila Institute of Gerontology is committed to sharing resources and information from our most trusted sources. We’re also committed to nourishing you emotionally and spiritually with guided meditation, poetry, and practical wisdom to stay calm and steady.

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The Zone, Vol 5: Resilience and Finding New Strength

Posted by Erin Pietrak | Monday, May 11, 2020

Life, as we know it, will never be the same. That’s why resilience is an essential life skill to cultivate. In Volume 5 of this guest series, Psychotherapist, Dr. Francis L. Battisti, and Nutritionist, Dr. Helen Battisti give us mindset tips on how to cope with irreversible change despite barriers and setbacks.

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The Zone, Vol 4: Frustration and Anger

Posted by Erin Pietrak | Monday, May 11, 2020

As the effects of the pandemic accumulate, with forecasts of 12 to 18 months more of social distancing, mask wearing and hand washing, anger is a primal, normal response. But at what cost to our physical and emotional well-being? In Volume 4 of this guest series, Psychotherapist, Dr. Francis L. Battisti, and Nutritionist, Dr. Helen Battisti give us tips on how to reign in and mitigate anger’s effect our bodies and minds, while pushing us to be the best versions of ourselves.

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The Zone, Vol 2: Where are we going?

Posted by Erin Pietrak | Tuesday, May 05, 2020

What does the future hold? What is the new normal? And how can we collaborate with uncertainty to co-create the future? In Volume 2 of this ongoing guest series, Psychotherapist, Dr. Francis L. Battisti, and Nutritionist, Dr. Helen E. Battisti share their wisdom on embracing the unknown to reimagine and reinventour futures.

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COVID-19 Resource Recap: May 5, 2020

Posted by Erin Pietrak | Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Planning has begun to reopen regions throughout the country. Moving forward, we still need to remain informed and vigilant about coronavirus and how it impacts long-term health care. The Avila Institute of Gerontology is continuing to curate resources and information tailored to the emotional and spiritual needs of long-term staff, residents and families.

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The Zone, Vol 3: Your Feelings are Valid

Posted by Erin Pietrak | Tuesday, May 05, 2020

As stay-at-home orders stretch on, you might be feeling a cascade of feelings ranging from grief, anxiety, fear, anger, and loneliness. In Volume 3 of this guest series, Psychotherapist, Dr. Francis L. Battisti, and Nutritionist, Dr. Helen Battisti guide us in honoring our feelings and using them as a path to self-discovery and healing.

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