A touching moment: Donzella Schlager, 93, a faithful Ruralite reader and longtime resident of The Dalles, Oregon, meets 5-month-old Luna Monet Hernandez, her first great-great-granddaughter from Napa, California.
Love in the time of COVID: The senior living community where Donzella lives allows weekly visits with family members. A shield of protection was no barrier to a special first encounter during the summer between Donzella and Luna, who is held by her mom, Jordan.
Connecting matters: Research verifies that keeping generations of family connected benefits everyone, fostering a sense of well-being in kids and warding off anxiety and feelings of isolation in grandparents. Window visits, care packages and video visits all can do wonders in these challenging times.