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We are all in this Together

Date: May 1, 2020

Hosts: Bryan Reynolds & Kristin Davenport

Guests: Residents Annie Brown & Weezie Walker

Update from President & CEO Laura Lamb

For our second episode, we touch base with residents, Annie Brown at St. Paul Village an Affordable Living by ERS Community, and Weezie Walker at Dudley Square Patio Homes at Episcopal Church Homes in Louisville, KY. Plus we hear from President and CEO, Laura Lamb.

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Episode 2 Transcript


Bryan Reynolds [00:00:00] Hello, hello. Welcome to our second episode of Linkage podcast. I'm Bryan Reynolds Vice President of Marketing with Episcopal Retirement Services, and I'm here with Kristin Davenport, our Director of Communications for ERS and one of our executive producers.

Bryan Reynolds [00:00:17] How are you doing, Kristin?

Kristin Davenport [00:00:18] Hey, Bryan, I'm great. It's good to talk with you today.

Bryan Reynolds [00:00:21] Yeah. Good to talk to you. We're working in different locations, but at least we get to stay in regular contact with each other and get to do this new venture together.

Kristin Davenport [00:00:34] Yes. Technology has been our friend during this whole pandemic, for sure.

Bryan Reynolds [00:00:39] Absolutely. Well, we're excited for our second podcast. We've had a great launch of our first podcast. A lot of listeners have tuned in. So, excited to bring another episode out to our listeners.

Kristin Davenport [00:00:54] Yes, Bryan, today for our guests, we have resident Annie Brown. She lives at St. Paul Village, which is one of our Affordable Living communities in Madisonville, which is a neighborhood of Cincinnati. We'll also check in with our CEO Laura Lamb. Laura's got some great stories for us about things that are continuing to happen during this time that are just really positive and show that we're all pulling together and we're gonna make it through all this. And our last guest is Weezie Walker. Weezie lives with us at Dudley Square, which is independent living patio homes in Louisville, Kentucky, which is part of our Episcopal Church Home community there. And Weezie has had some interesting surprises lately, social share about that.

Bryan Reynolds [00:01:49] Well, that's great. I think we've got a great show lined up this week, and we're excited to hear from some more residents about how they're getting through this Covid 19 time and how they're living better lives. So with that being said, I think we'll launch into our first segment. You want to tell us who were interviewing first Kristin?

Kristin Davenport [00:02:11] Yes. First, with us today is Annie Brown.

Kristin Davenport [00:02:17] I'd like to welcome our first guest, Annie Brown. She is a resident at St. Paul Village, which is a neighborhood of Cincinnati, Madisonville, Ohio. Annie has lived with us at St. Paul Villag, an Affordable Living Community, for four years now. Annie is born and raised in Cincinnati on the West End. She raised her family there with her husband. She has eight children and many, many grandchildren. And welcome. Annie, thanks for joining us today.

Annie Brown [00:02:49] Thank you for having me.

Kristin Davenport [00:02:52] You are so welcome. Annie, we just wanted to check in with some of our residents. And you are one of the folks we knew about as somebody that's staying positive right now. So, Annie, how are you doing today?

Annie Brown [00:03:07] I'm doing fine so far, trying to find out what the weather is gonna be like outside so I can get out and get my walking in little exercise.

Kristin Davenport [00:03:20] Oh, that is wonderful.

Annie Brown [00:03:23] And in the house, I will do the basic things that they want us to do. Stay at home. Follow the rules and be happy. And hopefully, eventually, the virus will disappear. And we can get back to being us again with our friends and neighbors and keep my distance. And just be happy that I'm alive.

Kristin Davenport [00:03:54] That's so true and you make such a good point. You know, if we follow those rules how much quicker we're gonna be able to get back to being ourselves a little, what feels a little more like ourselves.

Annie Brown [00:04:07] Right.

Kristin Davenport [00:04:08] You mentioned trying to do some things to stay healthy. Why don't you share with everyone some of those things that you're doing to stay healthy?

Annie Brown [00:04:17] Well, like I said, I'm following the rules. Laying down the land. Be careful. Be apologetic; if you heard somebody feel and apologize for being a friend. And hope the best for them. And don't put other people down. Be a good neighbor. And think about with my children. Think about putting yourself in their place. Don't criticize everybody because we all have issues. Big, large and what have you. And think about what you say to people, and decide to be a happy, good person. And that's basically it.

Kristin Davenport [00:05:12] That is wonderful.

Annie Brown [00:05:12] At home today, I will be vacuuming, keep myself busy. ...  I don't have cable. I look at MeTV and I love the Cowboys on that. And I talk to my children practically every day because they call and check up on me. They find out What do I need. And whatever I need they will pick it up for me and that's it. Make it a happy day. It's not the best day, but I'm here to see it in here.

Kristin Davenport [00:05:51] That is so great. You know, I wondered, for folks that live independently, you probably were used to getting out on the bus and doing things. And it sounds like you are finding really positive ways to manage through this.

Annie Brown [00:06:09] Well, I'm trying. And my biggest problem is what do I fix breakfast for dinner since I only have to cook for me.

Kristin Davenport [00:06:23] Yes.

Annie Brown [00:06:24] And one day I'm going to grow up, and next month is my birthday coming in.

Kristin Davenport [00:06:36] Wow. Congratulations.

Annie Brown [00:06:38] Thank you. I'll be 85.

Kristin Davenport [00:06:42] Oh, my goodness. What a wonderful thing.

Annie Brown [00:06:44] But there are just numbers.

Kristin Davenport [00:06:48] Well, I hope you get a lot of birthday cards on your birthday, because that's a great way to celebrate. And that's one of those things that we can still can still do. Send cards, right?

Annie Brown [00:06:58] That's true.

Kristin Davenport [00:07:00] But my children they check up on me. My sons, they call me, and the other five daughters, because one is deceased. They call me and check up on me and make sure that I'm not just sitting, being idle. Be busy. So. OK, I'll do some reading. I love to do word finds. And every now and then I call some of my neighbors. But we do it over the phone, not in person because of the separation that we need to go through.

Annie Brown [00:07:38] And I miss them, because we're used to being around each other. But until things change, we do what we supposed to do.

Kristin Davenport [00:07:48] Well, it sounds like you're doing all the right things. You know, you're using your technology that you have to make phone calls and stay in touch that way. And that's a really good thing.

Kristin Davenport [00:08:00] Well, I'm trying.

Kristin Davenport [00:08:04] Well, that is wonderful, Miss Annie. I'm going to wrap up this conversation. I would like you to just share one more thing with us. And what's that thing that you are most looking forward to? Once we're, as you put it, back to being more of what ourselves are, are typically like. What is that one thing you're really looking forward to there at St. Paul Village?

Annie Brown [00:08:26] To go outside and say it's over; we're doing good. I feel bad for the people that did pass. And we'll always miss them. But I'm sure that they're there watching over us. So just try to be safe and abide by the rules.

Kristin Davenport [00:08:46] You just have the most positive attitude, miss Annie. Thank you so much for joining us today. And now you are going to hear from Bryan Reynolds and Laura Lamb with an update.

Annie Brown [00:08:59] Thank you very much.

Bryan Reynolds [00:09:04] Well, that was a great interview with Annie, Kristin. It was so, so good to hear how positive she is and how willing she is to work to get through this challenging time.

Kristin Davenport [00:09:17] Annie really had some good inspiration for all of us, just that if we can manage to follow the rules right now, we're all going to get back to being who we really are.

Bryan Reynolds [00:09:28] Well, that's wonderful. And our next segment is with president and CEO of Episcopal Retirement Services, Laura Lamb. We're doing this weekly segment to kind of talk about things going on within the ERS universe and the really neat stories that have come out of this crisis. So with that, here's my interview with Laura.

Bryan Reynolds [00:09:52] We welcome our president and CEO Laura Lamb. It's good to be back with her. Last week's segment proved to be wildly popular as we launched our first podcast. And it's good to be with you again, Laura.

Laura Lamb [00:10:08] Hey, Bryan. How are you? It's good to be with you as well.

Bryan Reynolds [00:10:11] Doing well, doing well. So I thought we'd just get right into it. You know, there's been a lot going on over the last few weeks. And, you know, this past week, the big chatter was and now the governor is starting to talk about opening up our businesses and our communities a little bit. Obviously, in a phased approach. And that doesn't necessarily mean life's going to go right back to normal. How do you see the phasing, or the opening of our communities and our businesses? And how will that affect ERS and maybe other senior living organizations? How do we do that safely?

Laura Lamb [00:10:50] Wow, that's the question of the day. It's a great question, Brian. I appreciate you asking it. And I can assure you that we're listening carefully to the public health guidelines. And we've asked our managers and specifically our risk management team to really take the guidelines and figure out just the answer to that question. What does it mean for ERS? But at a high level, I can tell you that the guidelines, if you look at them, either on a federal level or on a state level, really they're broken down into multiple parts, and three phases as it is really the generally accepted kind of approach that it seems to be emerging.

Laura Lamb [00:11:32] And one thing that I'm seeing as states start announcing their plans, and it's consistent with the national CDC guidelines, is that the three phases will be mostly for businesses that aren't serving vulnerable populations. So, for example, in the pesident's plan, he laid out three phases. And the first two phases would not change greatly what we're doing in senior living organizations. It's not till the third phase that the White House expects a lift on visitors, prohibiting visitors, in senior and living facilities and hospitals until after Phase 3. So that really puts a challenge ahead of us as an organization, because depending on how quickly the country, in particular, a region can work through their phase, as we're still talking several months before anyone's predicting that we would be in Phase 3. So our teams are really looking at, you know, what can we do incrementally based on science, based on good practices such as social distancing, hand-washing, masks, what can we do in Phase 1 and 2 and still be in support of the guidance? But it really does present an interesting challenge for us and our organizations because we are in a congregate setting. So what we can do is going to be very different from, say, you know, a retail site or manufacturing site or a restaurant because of the vulnerable population that we serve.

Bryan Reynolds [00:13:34] Yeah. So obviously we're in it for a little bit more time, and I think I've heard from you that, you know, in the past it's not necessarily a sprint, but a marathon. And, you know, we were talking about some of the challenges of having to hunker down in our homes, in our apartments or in our areas. And the challenges that can kind of play on our emotions and in mental health. And, you know, I think that that can be challenging. But I know you've got some great tips maybe for our residents and family members and staff that might be able to share with us.

[00:14:18] Yeah, I well, I appreciate that, I don't know if they're great, but I can share with you what I'm doing because I think you said it well, it is not a sprint. This is to me, it's a marathon. And what that says to me is I need to do whatever I can to make sure that I have the energy, the strength and ultimately the endurance to do a marathon. And so, you know, the way I've been approaching it is really trying to reframe my situation, and find the joy in the endurance and building the endurance. And I think it starts with self-awareness for all of us and kind of knowing ourselves and knowing when, you know, we're feeling a little anxious or a little fearful or a little overwhelmed, whatever that trigger is, and knowing ourselves to say what can we do to really kind of exercise that endurance muscle that we all have. And for me, you know, I know myself. I feel that anxiety building up with me when I don't have a creative outlet. And, you know, my family can probably identify it even earlier than I do.

Laura Lamb [00:15:41] But so I really enjoy having a creative outlet, whether that's designing something or redecorating something or, you know, you name it. My husband will tell you that I've redecorated the living room twice in the six weeks I've been home. So maybe, stop doing that Laura is what he might say to you. So I had to come up with other creative outlets, because I know that that's a need that I have and it fulfills me. And I can't do it the way I've always done it. And a non-quarantine fashion. So I've taken to producing a couple videos. And I know that sounds really funny and kind of, well, where's that coming from? But again, it's a way for me to flex that creative muscle that I really enjoy it.

Laura Lamb [00:16:36] Like I said, it fills me. And if I can make it so that it's helpful to my team, my residents, my staff or others, that it's it's a win win. So I would just encourage people to really think about what kind of fulfills them, and kind of write it down, and ask yourself, well, how can I reframe this in this new world that I'm living in? And how can I take what I used to do and what is fulfilling and do it maybe in a different way, so that I'm still getting that that emotional outlet or that charge that I need during these crazy, crazy times of quarantine and social distancing?

Bryan Reynolds [00:17:31] Yeah, I really like that idea of that creative outlet. I think, you know, if I think of myself sometimes it's that creative creativity that's really helpful. Sometimes it's even physical. Like I built a wall in my backyard here recently, something I would never have gotten to do, you know, when we're all running around with the kids and or for work or other things that we're trying to get done on when we're living that fast-paced life. So I think you're right.

Laura Lamb [00:17:59] I've seen pictures of that wall. And I think the audience should know it's not just any wall was a big wall.

Bryan Reynolds [00:18:06] Thank you.

Laura Lamb [00:18:07] Really cool.

Bryan Reynolds [00:18:08] It was some good, good, hard labor there. Yeah. Well, you know, one of the favorite things from last week, we talked about some interesting stories from around ERS with you. And you know, one thing I'm finding on a daily basis, there's no shortage of great stories coming from our staff and our residents and even family members. Can you share a couple examples of some stories that you've been hearing from our communities or even from our services?

Laura Lamb [00:18:41] So I was hoping you'd ask me that again this week. I love the stories, too. Well, the first story I want to share with you is just I'm a sucker for a love story. So two of our residents, Joe and Joy Koniak from ECH Episcopal Church Home down in Louisville, had the blessing of celebrating year 59 of marriage during a quarantine. And I love their spirit because that was not going to let them stop there, stop them from celebrating their marriage and their family go into the fun. So we have great pictures of them holding hands with, celebrating with this massive, beautiful sheet cake. And lo and behold, right outside the window down at ECH their families were enjoying the festivities. Again, very safely (with) social distancing, not coming in the building. But, you know, this generation that we're serving has gone through so many things. And I just love the spirit and the tenaciousness with that. They're not going to allow a pandemic, stop them from celebrating their fifty-nine years of love. So I love that one.

Bryan Reynolds [00:19:59] That's wonderful. How precious that is.

Laura Lamb [00:20:02] That is. And then I want to share with you a story in our Affordable Living communities. So, here in Cincinnati, Ohio, we have a lot of resources and a lot of folks donating things to us because we're a large city. And Kathy Ison-Lind does a wonderful job of kind of thinking about just not the communities that have a lot of resources, but making sure that we're sharing those resources broadly. So a local Cincinnati company called La Soupe was blessed with a large donation from Sysco, Cincinnati to make more product, their soup. And so they did that. And in a wonderful full-circle example, they donated back that finished product of soup. And in this example, some hamburger patties, to Episcopal Retirement Services. And what Kathy did is she took a look at where the donations, were coming in, and realized that our outer communities really needed those resources. So she rallied her team and her delivery process that she has and our Affordable Living Communities and was able to bless the residents in New Carlisle, Ohio, with the donation from La Soupe here down in Cincinnati. So I just love that example of really spreading the blessings that we're receiving.

Bryan Reynolds [00:21:31] Yeah, we've certainly got some great gifts. I'd be remiss if we didn't even mention that the LaRosa's also gave some meals out to some of our communities here in Cincinnati through one of the Aging Services agencies here in Cincinnati as well.

Laura Lamb [00:21:48] Wasn't that neat? That was so that was so special. And that's a great example that that was a really perishable donation that needed to be given quickly. Whereas the La Soupe donation, we had a little bit of time to make sure that we were able to transport it safely to residents that wouldn't necessarily have received something.

Bryan Reynolds [00:22:08] Well, that's wonderful.

Laura Lamb [00:22:12] Then I had a story I wanted to share with you about staff and just, you know, I've said creativity and innovation are really the words that I think of when I think about what our staff are doing each and every day.

Laura Lamb [00:22:24] And one of the biggest complaints in a pandemic in a retirement community is the fact that we've had to stop our beautician and barber services. And I can tell you personally, Brian, I know your wife, cut your hair. And I've had to pull out the scissors in the mirror and trim up my hair, which is out of control right now. But I just love this. So our staff at Marjorie P. Lee, again, trying to take the lemons and make lemonade, recruited some of the resident assistants that I've always had a talent in that area. You know, I don't know about you, but growing up, there is always one girlfriend that would trim our bangs or cut hair. And currently one of our staff members at Marjorie P. Lee was kind of the same person in her social group. But her family and lo and behold, you know, an R.A. is allowed to be there and allowed to care. So she is setting up a corner, a little beautician barbershop and making sure that our residents and, well, just our residents, at this point, but who knows? Our residents get a quick trim and a little beauty treatment. So it isn't that special that they're just leveraging the talents that we all have and bringing them bringing to bear and bringing them to serve our residents.

Bryan Reynolds [00:23:47] Well, that is wonderful. It's always so interesting to hear the creativity and you talk about the innovation that really have to think in different ways to get some things done and make our residents feel very special. So absolutely. I love these stories. And like I said, they keep coming in on a daily basis. So I'm glad we get to have a chance to share those in this in this format.

Laura Lamb [00:24:13] Absolutely.

Bryan Reynolds [00:24:14] Well, thank you so much, Laura, for joining us again this week. And obviously, we're making this a regular segment. And so we'll look forward to reaching out next week. And have a great week.

Laura Lamb [00:24:27] I'm looking forward to it as well. Thank you, Bryan.

Kristin Davenport [00:24:31] Wow. Bryan, what a great interview with Laura today. It's always so good to hear from her. It just gives us as employees and residents and family members confidence, knowing that she's got some great wisdom about how best to reopen. And we know we all, I think, know that it will be done just the smartest way possible.

Bryan Reynolds [00:24:54] Yeah, it certainly was good to catch up with Laura. She's a great leader of the organization and very obviously compassionate, but very science-driven and data-driven behind all this. So again, it was good, good to catch up with her and we'll look forward to catching up with her again next week.

Kristin Davenport [00:25:13] Yeah, for sure. That is what we need to hear right now. And I look forward to her update again next week.

Bryan Reynolds [00:25:19] Yeah. So our next segment is an interview with one of our residents. As you mentioned at the top of the show, Weezie Walker, who lives at the Dudley PatioH omes down at an Episcopal Church Home in Louisville. I had a chance to catch up with Weezie and talk about how she's doing during this time. And she's got kind of an inspirational, fun story that will share.

Bryan Reynolds [00:25:47] So I'm here with Weezie Walker. She's a resident of Dudley Square Patio Homes, which is the independent living patio homes at a fiscal church, Holleman, Louisville and Weezie. He's been a resident at Dudley Square for about 12 years. She's been very active in our time. So she's been at it. Dudley Dudley Square. She's participated in the woman's board and helped out with the gift shop. She's helped with the Bible studies that happen on the campus. And she takes part in a lot of the life enrichment programing, such as the Feet to the Fire program, which is a wonderful writing program. So we're really excited to have you Weezie, welcome.

Weezie Walker [00:26:35] Thank you so much. Thank you. I'm delighted to be here. I really am.

Bryan Reynolds [00:26:40] Yeah, well, we're really excited to launch this podcast and reach out to our residents. So we're glad to have you on one of our first podcasts that we're we're sending out into the Internet. So I thought I'd just start out a question, you know, just to see how you're doing amongst all this change and the challenge that we're seeing with Covid 19. How are you adjusting to life?

Weezie Walker [00:27:12] I am doing very well, very well, thank you. But I mean, I find so much to do that by nighttime, I'm tired. I'm ready to go to bed when of course, it takes me a long time to go to bed because I do read a little bit before I go and I don't... I'm a night person. So it's kind of late until I go to bed. But I'm enjoying doing what I want when I want to, though. That's nice.

Weezie Walker [00:27:39] Yeah. And I understand you love your reading and writing.

Weezie Walker [00:27:42] I do. I do. Yes.

Bryan Reynolds [00:27:44] Uh-Huh. So what other things have you. Oh, go ahead.

[00:27:48] Well, I'm excited. I really want to know what else I'd like to do, whatever else I was doing. And it's been a good time to do some of the things that I would not have done otherwise, such as my children, that I have decided we ought to have a book club. And now one child lives in Oregon. I have one in Birmingham, Alabama, one in Tennessee and three in Lexington. And they're scattered around, obviously. And but all the women, grandchildren and I and their mothers and of course, my children, too. The girls are going to have a book report, a book club. Oh, know I'm gonna be there. Yeah. And I'm going to be. And we'll do this through zoom, of course. Sure. And I'm to do the first one because I'm I've been in a book club longer than anybody. I've done everything more than anybody at this age. But, so I'm working on that. I'm going to report on the Indigo Girl, which takes place out of Charleston, South Carolina, which is where I was raised and, I love going over the things that happen there. So it'll be fun report.

Bryan Reynolds [00:29:06]  You can definitely identify with it.

Weezie Walker [00:29:11] Definitely. I definitely identify with it. I love it, too. It's a very good book. If anyone's looking for one. And then there's a Corona blessing, which is the name I have given the duck that has taken up residence outside my front door.

Bryan Reynolds [00:29:26] We've heard. I have.

Weezie Walker [00:29:29] Yes. And she's sitting on nine eggs.

Bryan Reynolds [00:29:32] Oh, my gosh.

Weezie Walker [00:29:34] Yes. Yes. And they should be hatching and o in the next two or three weeks. I would think at the latest. And so I've watched her every day. She sits on her eggs every day and goes off at night. I think she goes to eat. I hope she's not a lady of the night, but I think she goes mostly to eat because she's there with those eggs all day long.

Bryan Reynolds [00:30:00] Yeah. Well we've seen pictures and we've posted them up on the Episcopal Church Home Facebook page as well. So there's a number of people that have really enjoyed seeing those photos. And we'll have to take some more photos after the eggs of how they hatch.

Weezie Walker [00:30:24] Yeah. But you know, on Wednesday nights we used to have happy hour over at the church home, Dudley. Well the residents have one too, but we have a Dudley one also. And since we can't do that, we now sit on our front porch on Wednesday afternoon, 5:00 is a sit on the front porch, affect your drink of choice and walk up and down the street and talk to those who are sitting on the porch. So we can talk from the driveway or from the street.

Bryan Reynolds [00:30:56] So you're still practicing your social distancing, but getting to say hello.

Weezie Walker [00:31:00] Yeah, that's right. And we miss that. We miss being together so much because we have a wonderful group living here. It's just it is really a lot of fun to do that.

Bryan Reynolds [00:31:11] As an older adult, you've been through a lot of situations in your lives, crisis of, you know, national world proportions that you've lived through. And you've probably drawn on a lot of experiences to help cope through a current crisis like this. Is there anything in specific that kind of helps you get through these times?

Weezie Walker [00:31:34] I'm not finding these times very difficult. I mean, I. I do the same things. Are you. I found that I do have time to think. And I find I clean up. Not because somebody might drop-in, but because that's what I want to do. I want it to look nice. I don't dress to please others. I put flowers in my house because I think they're pretty. I like to read. I like to write. With their feet to the fire.

Weezie Walker [00:32:03] I write my great-grandchildren who are just learning to draw and to write. And a letter in the mail is a very unusual thing these days. So they treasure that.

Bryan Reynolds [00:32:14] That's great.

Weezie Walker [00:32:14] Yeah. And I listen to music and I have I'm enjoying the time that I have. I've taken care of two husbands and raised six children who have blessed me with 13 grand and 14 great grands. And I don't run out of things to do.

Bryan Reynolds [00:32:35] It sounds a little like it sounds like it's very, very therapeutic to do all those things.

Weezie Walker [00:32:42] Well, you know, I would recommend doing this once a year, one month, a year, and just take time to do the turn inward and find out what who you are and what you love and why you do what you do. You know, I think it's good. I do. Yeah. I must say, my turn has come and I'm enjoying it.

Bryan Reynolds [00:33:03] Well, that's great. I think there is something that just slowing down and know we're still able to communicate just in different ways. So I think that your proving that's the case, whether it's through your Zoom calls, with your book club or your letters or phone calls. That's wonderful.

Weezie Walker [00:33:21] I'll tell you another thing that I have found this iPad, which I've just gotten in the last month or two, and I've learned to do a little bit of it anyway. Is this face time with the children that I cannot see.

Bryan Reynolds [00:33:37] Yeah.

Weezie Walker [00:33:37] And my son sits in a big old relieved chair and I sit in my big old chair here and we just talk and talk and talk. And he's in Tennessee and I'm here. And when we get through, I feel like I've had a real visit. That is such a treat.

Bryan Reynolds [00:33:53] That is to have. Yeah. That's fabulous, Weezie. So I got one more question for you. You know, besides getting together for the happy hour with your fellow does Dudley residents, what are you looking forward to once this is all over? Is there something that really stands out that you're looking forward to do?

Weezie Walker [00:34:14] Three things. One is having dinner out with it and getting some food that I don't cook. You know, I love to cook. But I mean, getting something exotic. I loved good dinner and I loved it. Yes. And Bridge, I miss being with my bridge friends. I haven't tried the virtual bridge yet, but I don't think it'd be quite like being across the table and laughing and carrying on. Sure. Oh, we have a good time at bridge.

Weezie Walker [00:34:45] And the main thing that I miss more than anything is showing affection for my children, for my family, from my friends. I'm a huggy, kissy person. I liked a pat on the back and shake hands and the whole business, you know. Sure. And I missed. I really do miss that.

Bryan Reynolds [00:35:12] Well, those are. Some great things to look forward to. And I really appreciate. Really appreciate you taking the time to get on the phone in and talk with us. And, you know, I think, again, along the same lines, I'm really missing some contact and meeting people and coming down the ECH. to see all the residents. So I hope when this is all over, we can maybe I can get one of those hugs from you, so.

Weezie Walker [00:35:41] Oh, I would love to share. I am more of a positive person, which, you know, makes me feel free to say that this is going to end soon and it'll be all right with the world. Everything is going to be good. I know it will, and it won't be long. Uh-Huh.

Bryan Reynolds [00:36:01] Well, again. Again. Thank you so much for joining us, Weezie. And we'll talk again.

Bryan Reynolds [00:36:05] All right, I enjoyed talking with you. Look forward to seeing you.

Kristin Davenport [00:36:11] Bryan, what a great interview with Weezie. It was great to hear about her a special visitor, Carona blessing. And if our listeners want to see Corona, they can go to our Facebook page and search for Episcopal Church Home.

Bryan Reynolds [00:36:26] Yeah, it was certainly a lively discussion with Weezie. It was a real pleasure. You know, it's great that she has something that engages her. And also the neighbors in the Dudley Square areas, they're kind of doing their walk around the neighborhood like our residents might walk through the halls at Deupree House or in the courtyard at Marjorie P. Lee. Least they can get a nice social distance discussion with residents as they're walking by. The other thing, you know, I thought I'd mention coming out of the interview and I had this realization after I talked with her, but I talked about having a hug with her after all this is said and done. And certainly, Kristin and I think, you know, social distancing is going to be with us here, you know, for a while afterward. And while I love my hugs, I guess we'll have to wait a little bit longer.

Kristin Davenport [00:37:17] Yes, sorry. New traditions will have to be bowing and curtsying and 6-foot distance air hugs, I guess.

Bryan Reynolds [00:37:25] That's right. That's very that's very true. So with that being said, I want to thank everyone for joining us for our second episode of the Linkage podcast by Episcopal Retirement Services. For more information, you can visit us on our Web site at Episcopal Retirement dot com or we've got a lot of great content, including our Linkage blog. We've got resources where people can learn more about aging and the services we offer and so much more. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube to see what's going on within our communities and our services. And of course, if you have any questions, we want to hear from you. Even if you've got feedback, please feel free to email us at info at erslife dot org. That's info at erslife dot org. The linkage podcast is produced by Kristin Davenport and myself Bryan Reynolds, our associate producer is Feoshia Davis, and our technical director is Michelle Heyne, who's done an excellent job putting together the show. I'd like to thank our guests today, Annie Brown at St. Paul Village and Weezie Walker at Episcopal Church Home. And of course, our President and CEO Laura Lamb for joining us and always giving her great updates. On behalf of myself, Bryan Reynolds and Kristin Davenport, thanks so much for joining us and we'll look forward to having our podcast next week.

Bryan Reynolds [00:38:51] Thanks so much, Kristin.

Kristin Davenport [00:38:52] Thanks, see you again soon. 

 
Kristin Davenport
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May 01, 2020
Kristin Davenport is the Director of Communications for Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS). Kristin leads ERS’s efforts to share stories that delight and inspire through social media, online content, annual reports, magazines, newsletters, public relations, and events. Kristin earned her BFA in graphic design from Wittenberg University. She joined ERS after a 25-year career as a visual journalist and creative director in Cincinnati. Kristin is passionate about making Cincinnati a dementia-inclusive city. She is a Lead SAIDO Learning Supporter and a member of the ‘Refresh Your Soul’ conference planning team at ERS. Kristin and her husband Alex, live in Lebanon, Ohio with their 2 daughters. She also serves as a Trustee and the President of the Lebanon Food Pantry and is a board member for ArtScape Lebanon.

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