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WCEC-TV13: Seniors Celebrating Seniors: An Unlikely Friendship

During this time of COVID-19 and social distancing, an unlikely friendship was forged through Westminster-Canterbury's Seniors Celebrating Seniors program.  Mrs. Neola Waller and Alexandria Pezzano first met on video chat through the Birdsong Tablet.  Watch when they meet in person for the first time!

WAVY-TV10: Westminster-Canterbury's 1100 Residents and Staff All Test COVID-19 Negative

On June 2-3, 2020, Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay voluntarily accepted an offer by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to test all residents and staff for the COVID-19 virus.  All 1100 residents and staff tested negative. Chris Horne of WAVY speaks with President and CEO Ben Unkle about the challenges the senior living community faced and the protocols it took to attain this positive health outcome.

Virginia Department of Health Point of Prevalence Survey Results Show Westminster-Canterbury COVID-19 Free: More than 1100 Residents and Staff Tested

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (June 8, 2020) -- On June 2-3, 2020, Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay voluntarily accepted an offer by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to test all residents and staff for the COVID-19 virus.  None of the more than 1100 residents and staff that participated in the survey tested positive.

Because Westminster-Canterbury is a large campus of over 1100 residents and staff and has remained COVID-19 free, the VDH was extremely interested in performing this survey with our population.  The campus’ experience runs contrary to the experience of other senior living communities of similar size.

“While we are extremely thankful that our community is COVID-19 free, we will continue with the protocols that got us to this point, including social distancing and wearing masks,” said Westminster-Canterbury President and CEO J. Benjamin Unkle, Jr.

 

Good Morning America: 91-Year-Old Former Teacher Shares Best Advice for Graduating Seniors Amid COVID-19

With high school at a halt amid the COVID-19 pandemic, residents from Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay are offering life lessons to members of the 2020 graduating class from Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach.

"We know these students [will miss] graduation so we want to support them," 91-year-old Neola Waller told "Good Morning America. "I think this is exciting."
To read the full Good Morning America article and view the video, click here

KMAX: Good Day Sacramento

Birdsong CEO Ben Unkle talks to KMAX's Good Day Sacramento reporter Dina Kupner about how to keep seniors engaged and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WPVI-TV6: The Art of Aging - Staying Connected Using the Birdsong Tablet

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, many people are relying even more on technology to stay connected. For some older adults, navigating new technology can be a challenge.  Pamela Edwards of Philadelphia's WPVI-TV6's Art of Aging shares how the Birdsong Tablet makes it easier for seniors to keep boredom at bay and stay connected with loved ones and the world around them. 

WTKR TV3: CEO Ben Unkle Shares Tips for Keeping Seniors Engaged

Now more than ever, it is important to reach out to older loved ones and friends to make sure they are not feeling isolated. CEO Ben Unkle shares tips with WTKR Reporter Erica Greenway for keeping seniors engaged and connected during the COVID-19 quarantine.  

 
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A huge thank you to all the Westminster-Canterbury staff for all that they are doing for us during these challenging times! Special thank you to Catering for their off-campus pickups for us! Vera Jean Russell, Resident

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