Immersing in isolation: Life inside a retirement home amid COVID-19

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Frank Boyle is bored. 

He lives at the Rydal Park retirement community in Montgomery County, where, because of the coronavirus pandemic, activities are canceled, dinner is no longer shared in the dining room with friends, and face-to-face meetings are not permitted. He hasn’t spent time with other residents or seen his own family, aside from FaceTime calls. 

But for 90-year-old Boyle, he truly embodies the meaning of keeping busy.

“A typical day for me,” he said, “I watch a movie each evening. We have about 1,000 selections in our library. I spend some time on crossword puzzles and other puzzles. I’m catching up on reading I’ve wanted to do since high school — I read about two hours a day. I go out to walk, maybe a half-hour to an hour a day, looking for the wildlife.”

Living amid a scenario he never could have predicted, Boyle admitted he’s not afraid of catching the virus. He’s just thankful for everything staff members are doing to keep him and his friends safe, and he looks forward to getting back to his pre-pandemic life.