As the world continues to grapple with the aftermath of COVID-19, many caregivers worry about seniors struggling with isolation. Studies show that loneliness is one of the leading causes of premature deaths among American seniors. This makes connecting with this demographic more important than ever, especially at a time when seniors feel increasingly vulnerable. Below, we reveal five easy ways Briarwood seniors can stay connected during COVID-19.
Schedule Virtual Visits to Stay Connected During COVID-19
Due to technological advancements, connecting with others is easier than ever. Seniors can use several free communication tools to catch up on the latest with their loved ones. Some commonly used mediums include Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp, and Zoom.
Regular virtual meetings with family and friends may work wonders for seniors. In these sessions, seniors can share their social distancing experiences with sympathetic listeners. These meetings may also help alleviate loneliness and increase feelings of wellbeing.
Play Online Games to Enhance Cognitive Skills
No doubt, many seniors enjoy playing cards and other board games. Thus, engaging them with their favorite games can go a long way towards meeting their needs for connection. You can schedule meetings depending on their availability (and yours, as well).
There are sites offering online card and board games. A good example is Arkadium.com, a site designed for people over the age of 35. The site offers a variety of online games to enjoy. Sharing these games together may make isolation more bearable for seniors.
Watch Live Online Concerts to Improve Mental Wellbeing
Many musicians around the world are offering free online concerts to ease the challenges of social distancing. Enjoying music with seniors is an excellent way to connect with them. Organizations such as the Seattle Symphony offer great music to listen to. Meanwhile, artists who may appeal to an older audience are also offering free concerts. They include the Dave Mathews Band, Neil Young, Michael Franti, and Flor Bromley.
The internet offers several channels for accessing live concerts. For instance, YouTube and social media sites such as Facebook are some mediums artists use to connect with their fans. An hour or two a day is more than enough to keep your loved one entertained and happy.
Form or Join a Book Club to Make New Friends
Sharing and reading your favorite books is another way to connect with seniors. For example, you can read the same books and schedule virtual meetings to discuss them.
There are also online book clubs that offer a platform for seniors to share their readings and discuss various topics. Examples include Reading Groups for Everyone, The Willoughby Book Club, and Good Housekeeping Book Room. You can help your loved ones join such clubs to keep them occupied.
Connect the Old-Fashioned Way to Create Lasting Memories
Writing letters to your loved ones is an effective way of staying connected while social distancing. So, don’t neglect to send messages of hope to your loved ones. This is particularly beneficial if they don’t have access to computers or aren’t familiar with the Internet. A simple letter can make them feel appreciated and loved.
David York Can Help Briarwood Seniors Stay Connected During COVID-19
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David York Agency Home Healthcare remains committed to providing personalized care for your loved one. If you have questions about our services, please contact us. We can help you through the difficult times and give you the break you deserve!