First-hand accounts of the pandemic in long-term care featured in exhibit in Mississauga
Published October 13, 2023 at 2:40 pm
An exhibit now in Mississauga shows how people in long-term care homes were impacted by COVID-19 during the height of the pandemic.
The Active Adult Centre in Mississauga is hosting the travelling exhibit called COVID in the House of Old.
The immersive experience features first-hand experiences of people who lived through COVID-19 in Canada’s residential care homes.
It remembers the thousands of Canadian care home residents and workers who died of COVID-19 or suffered through extended periods of stress and isolation.
“This exhibit amplifies the voices of people who are often unheard by our communities,” said Dr. Alexa Roggeveen, professor in Sheridan’s Social Service Worker – Gerontology program. “The values inspiring this work are the values of social service workers specializing in work with older adults. The experiences of people living in long-term care during lockdowns should not be forgotten.”
Wooden storytelling chairs sit at the heart of the exhibit, projecting powerful audio stories
of frustration, outrage, care, love, and grief that trace the fault lines that COVID-19 revealed in
our eldercare system, according a press release.
A series of context wall panels provide a broad understanding of current issues, difficult histories, and promising new ideas for future eldercare.
Toronto musician and artist Hiroki Tanaka used aggregate residential mortality statistics to create an audio-visual presentation, providing a big picture meditation on the sheer numbers of elders whom we lost.
Created by historian Megan J. Davies with help from families, staff, and residents and federal funding, the exhibit is on a national tour with stops across the Prairies, Northern Ontario, and central Canada.
Sheridan College’s Social Service Worker – Gerontology program and the Sheridan
Centre for Elder Research (CER) present this exhibit at the Active Adult Centre of Mississauga, 377 Burnhamthorpe Rd. E., suite 116 (2nd floor) from Oct. 12 to 18.
It is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
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