Over the past few months, I have had to miss many families and friends’ events. Babies have been born, friends have died, holidays have come on gone. As a person at risk for COVID-19, my husband and I have tried to be careful and follow the guidelines; wear a mask, wash our hands frequently, stay out of large crowds, and don’t travel out of your area.
Technology has helped up to ‘get together’ with family and friends during the pandemic. Here are some of the things I have used to ‘keep connected.’
Social Media has been my primary tool to socialize and share information that peers and colleagues can use.
I am sure you all know about Zoom, Go to Meeting, or WebEx! These tools have been great for business meetings and family gatherings, weddings, and that particular birthday party!
A new tool I was just introduced to is VidHug. This was sent to me by a friend who is wanted to involve family and friends to celebrate her husband’s birthday. She sent family and friends a link, gave us a due date, and promised to share the finished version. So what is a VidHug? A Vid Hug is a video montage of family & friends celebrating a special event with a personalized message invited guests can contribute. These montages allow people to be creative and is inexpensive. Click here to check it out
I also saw new greeting cards that explode when you open the card. It looked like fun and something to think about for Valentines’ day.
What virtual tools have you used to keep your family, friends, and colleagues together? Feel free to share in the comment section!
Have a good week
I love VidHug! Thx for sharing—I may just have to try that out for my husband’s bday!
Zoom and FaceTime have been my go to’s. I also just signed up for “Letters Against Isolation” which is a way to let seniors in all sorts of settings know they’re not forgotten—check it out, the young gals that started it are pretty amazing!
This is another alternative to FaceTime and Zoom.
From a generational perspective, I feel that in order for our older loved ones to make the most out of the “Hug” we will need to support their active participation. The same for those not technically inclined.
A Great way for staff in nursing homes and long term care facilities to brighten the lives of their residents!
Anne I just wanted to give you an update—I used VidHug for my husband’s b-day and he loved it! He was so happy to “see” all these people we haven’t been able to get together with and very touched by all their nice wishes! VidHug was super easy to use and they did a great job putting the final product together. Thx again for the rec,😊