Defending against Loneliness in the COVID-19 Era
We’ve done everything possible to protect our loved ones from COVID-19 – especially our elders. Unfortunately, those safety measures have come with feelings of loneliness, isolation, and depression among seniors everywhere, affecting those most who cannot see their friends and family. Here, Premier Personal Care, which serves Bucks County, Pennsylvania, offers some advice for older adults combating loneliness and negative feelings through the COVID-19 era.
With social media platforms, virtual video conferences, support groups, and so much more, the World Wide Web is home to a plethora of social opportunities for those dealing with COVID-19 loneliness. However, some older people may not have the right technology or understanding about using the internet to take advantage of these beneficial modes of communication. To help yourself or an older loved one become tech-savvy and find enlightening social opportunities online, follow these steps:
- Invest in a user-friendly tablet or laptop, and set it up with only the essential apps – text messaging, Facebook, Zoom, etc. Smartphones are also a viable option, yet some older folks may have difficulty using the smaller screens.
- Review the basics of using each app so it’s easy to connect with friends and family. If you’re helping an older loved one, it might be worthwhile to send them some instructional YouTube videos on how to use messaging apps, join groups, and more.
- Be patient – learning new technology and mastering it take time, so whether you’re the one learning or teaching, be sure to take things slow and practice as needed.
Plan Regular E-Visits
Once you or your loved one has mastered technology and communication apps, make a schedule to virtually visit with friends and family on a regular basis. For example, if a grandparent is used to seeing their grandchildren on Sundays, Zoom or FaceTime can be used to continue the tradition at a safe distance. Likewise, if a senior belongs to a group or association, like a weekly bingo game, these meet-ups may likely be held virtually as well, giving elders more chances to connect with their peers from the safety of home.
Partake in Safe, Socially Distanced Activities
While it’s imperative to use extreme caution, especially for older adults, there are plenty of safe activities that elders can participate in amid the pandemic. For instance, they can go on a refreshing walk outdoors while maintaining a six-foot distance from others and wearing a mask, giving them the chance to mingle with loved ones or passersby. At Premier Personal Care, our caretakers are also committed to providing companionship and helping elders safely enjoy the activities they love, from gardening to bocce ball.
Learn More about Fighting Pandemic-Era Loneliness
We know that COVID-19 hasn’t been easy, especially for older adults. Fortunately, with these tips in mind, it’s more than possible to lead a robust social life while staying safe from COVID-19. For more advice on combating loneliness during the pandemic, contact Premier Personal Care to speak with a friendly representative today.