94-year-old Assisted Living Resident Builds Friendship through Daily Quarantine Walks

In an attempt to invite more interactions into his life, an assisted living community resident began taking daily walks when the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine began in March. Oley Doty, of the Camellia Place assisted living community, walks through the streets neighboring his assisted living home daily, greeting bus drivers and kids in his town.

His walks have gained more and more attention, as locals now look out for Doty to give a wave or honk as they pass by. Some unforeseen fans of Doty are the students and bus drivers at the local elementary school, who now look out for him as they pass by each day. Some have even began to send him cards for a more direct way of interacting.

In the midst of a pandemic and social distancing, it is heartwarming to see how people make safe connection. For more, read here.

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