The Life Lessons From COVID-19

Family togetherness during COVID-19

As we begin to see the light at the end of this very long tunnel, we can start reflecting on what the difficult reality of the novel coronavirus has taught us, and how those lessons might affect the way we look to the future.

CTV News surveyed Canadians to discover the most common takeaways from COVID-19 (CTV article). Some of them are obvious, such as a renewed respect for the value of life and a deeper appreciation for one’s family and loved ones. But others are less so. As many were suddenly cut off from cherished friends or family, their mental health and emotional well-being became vulnerable. The reach of our professional and social spheres has changed dramatically, and many are finding themselves surprisingly content with a simpler and pared-down lifestyle. Still others have used the relative isolation to seek out activities or develop hobbies that bring personal joy or nurture their creative souls.

We have all been forced to cocoon over these difficult months. In many ways we survive the isolation by hanging on to our dearest and closest connections, whether they live with us in our cocoon or are a phone call away. When the pandemic dust settles, and we can freely hug those who we have missed, we may find that our priorities have changed. And that may be one of the few blessings to come from this time.

Stay safe and healthy.

Amy Lewtas Macfarlane
Founder of RetroSparX

New to RetroSparX

We are pleased to announce the following new RetroSparX memory game units which have recently been released and can be found on our website ( We invite you to delve into the topics and tackle the memory games for seniors that comprise each unit. And we wish you happy reminiscing while you recall, relive and revel in these moments.

The Masterstroke

Memory Game for Seniors - Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer lit up the golfing world with a rare breed of skill, charisma and decency. Get a glimpse into his dynamic career. Click here for the full description of this memory game unit.

Included memory games for seniors

  • Identify some of golf’s most iconic athletes in Giants of the Green by 
finding a missing letter to complete their names. In the process one of 
the most storied golf courses in the history of the sport will be revealed.
  • Match some samples of golf’s unique jargon with their meanings in Lingo of the Links.

Glenn Gould – A Musical Wonder

Memory Game for Seniors - Glenn Gould

Glenn Gould was as much of a prodigy as he was an enigma. His talent stunned the music world. Dig a bit deeper into this mythical character and the impact he left on the classical scene. Click here for a full description of this memory game unit.

Included memory games for seniors

  • In Music Makers of the Orchestra unscramble letters to reveal many of
 the instruments that give life to classical masterpieces.
  • Revel in some of the best-known composers and their signature works 
 by matching names to classical pieces in Classical Classics. This may 
 get you humming along!

From Heiress to Terrorist – The Patty Hearst Story

Memory Game for Seniors - Patty Hearst

Let RetroSparX remind you of the Patty Hearst saga – a 19-month crime drama that began with her abduction and ended in her arrest. You will be as transfixed today as you were when you watched it unfold decades ago. Click here for a full description of this memory game unit.

Included memory games for seniors

  • In Notorious No-Goodniks unscramble letters to complete the names 
 of many iconic villains, and then rearrange some of those letters to 
 reveal a classic novel about crime.
  • Felonious Phrases invites you to complete many common phrases and 
 titles that draw on the language of crime.