Advocates for high risk groups say holidays during COVID may have to go virtual

VOYCE in St. Louis offering free webinar for virtual gathering ideas
Holiday get-togethers may have to be virtual during pandemic
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ST. LOUIS, MO (KMOX) - Family and friends are hoping to be together for the holidays, but with COVID cases rising again, some loved ones may have to remain isolated.

One organization is hoping to help people connect.

"We're trying to think of other ways to make the holidays merry and bright for our loved ones and that's going to be a challenge so I think a lot of it is going to have to be virtual," explains Marjorie Moore, Executive Director of VOYCE, an advocacy group for long-term care residents.

Moore says one of the easiest ways to gather as a group is by video calls over the internet.  But she says you have to start planning now. "It's not something that you can decide, 'hey I'm going to call Grandma now', because a lot of times that means that calling someone on Zoom in a long-term care facility looks like actually setting up a time with a staff person who can bring the tablet to them, set it up, and maybe even hold it for them."

Moore also points out, it's not enough to have a loved-one on video call during a meal if you're not including and engaging them to make the time meaningful. She suggests brainstorming ways to make them a real part of the holiday celebration.

VOYCE will have other ideas for virtual holiday celebrations this week in a free webinar.  Creating Holiday Joy in the Shadow of a Pandemic and will be on Zoom, November 12, 1 - 2:00 pm. Click here to register.

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