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Staying Connected – Fighting the Senior Loneliness Epidemic

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Seniors, who may already have felt isolated before, are now more vulnerable to what has

been called “the loneliness epidemic.” The good news is that even though older adults have smaller social networks than younger people, quality can make up for quantity. When it comes to human interactions, every little bit helps.

Ideas for Staying Connected:

Families can find new ways to stay connected and help keep aging loved ones safe from COVID-19 while avoiding the effects of loneliness. Here are some ideas on how families can stay socially connected no matter what keeps them apart.

  • Set up regular phone calls. Scheduling regular calls gives everyone something to look forward to.
  • Discover the lost art of letter writing. Consider including a self-addressed, stamped envelope to encourage writing back.
  • Set up easy-to-use technology. A tablet, smartphone or home device will allow families to use apps to easily video conference with seniors.
  • Watch a show together — virtually. Netflix Party is a new feature that allows you to watch movies and TV shows together.
  • Discover online events and activities. Meetup is one of many online platforms where people with similar interests meet virtually.
  • Get exposed to the arts — online. A wide range of art institutions are streaming their performances, or allow you to take a Virtual Reality (VR) tour.
  • Attend virtual religious services. If you attend worship services, find out when your community streams services, or find your favorite one to attend from the comfort of your home.
  • Dust off the library card. Public libraries may be closed, but many have increased their sharing services.
  • Keep minds and bodies active. Attend a virtual exercise class — such as the ones offered and recommended by your community.
  • Visit the great outdoors. Even just a step outside onto the porch for fresh air can refresh your mind and spirit. If you’re able, go for a short walk, but be sure to follow safety recommendations and your community protocols.

For assistance with in-home care for senior adults and adults with disabilities, or for more information, please contact us at 770.343.6235.

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