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Updated: Nov 8, 2020

Have you ever experienced crisis in your life? What about feeling helpless? do you know that crisis creates opportunity?

For too long I have felt there is limit to human learning especially when you are old and living with mental health disorder.

In this blog, I like to show you how current pandemic has taught me that human can be resilient and adaptable irrespective of age, diagnosis and culture.

I know of a lady who lives with others but feels lonely most of the time in the crowd. She has limited education with no computer literacy. She has a long term goal of having opportunity to socialise but, limited by her mental health condition that made her to be disconnected with her children and other family members. Following a recent global restrictions due to COVID-19, I encouraged families and friends to connect with their loved ones in my care using electronic means such as Skype and zoom. I had preconceived idea that this lady would not buy the idea of connecting with family using this means. I spoke with her in the most gentle manner about zoom usage, she refused, yet a part of her like to socialise. In consultation with one of my colleagues who is very vast in diversional therapy, we decided to gradually introduce an activity called "google it". This gave this lady opportunity to search things on google and gradually her mindset started to shift. When more opportunities to engage with others in the community using zoom platform emerged, this lady continue to pick interest and started learning new engagement skills. Over the last 6 months, I have witnessed increased resilience and adaptability in the aged care sector. This particular lady who speaks minimally has had moments of speaking out rationally and it was amazing knowing how much knowledge she could share when she became empowered. This shows that in crisis such as the COVID-19 Pandemic, we found opportunity to learn new skills and change with the enforced change because there is no limit to learning in life.

I now put it to you out there, what will you do to make a difference in someone's life? This is my story, what is yours?

My name is Bosede Adetifa, a keynote speaker and Speakers Institute Global Ambassador.

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