Older adults have a high risk of isolation and loneliness. The current COVID-19 Pandemic has intensified concerns about their mental health. The “Shelter in Place” orders are impacting people of all ages, but older adults are significantly affected given that they are in the high-risk demographic.
If you have a family member or neighbor who is facing loneliness and isolation, it can be helpful to offer a hand of support during this challenging time. Here are a few tips to consider:
- Use Technology to Connect: While technology is a great tool for staying in touch, many seniors need assistance to learn how to use these tools. Social distancing presents a good opportunity to walk the person through the step-by-step process they need to become familiar with this
- Share Information: Misinformation that’s found online can increase stress and concern, especially when someone is alone. Be proactive in sharing accurate information with your loved ones. Select resources from trustworthy doctors, the CDC, and government sources. The right information will help the person feel at ease and help them avoid misleading news stories online.
- Food and Meal Support: Many seniors are worried about leaving the house because of the potential exposure at the grocery store. Family and neighbors can lend support by picking up needed groceries and supplies. Not only does this take care of the person’s nutrition, it also provides an opportunity to talk.
- At-Home Activities: Look for ways you can help the person enjoy their time during this pandemic. For example, you might drop off a jigsaw puzzle or bring over more yarn for crocheting. Consider the person’s hobbies and look for ways to encourage them to stay busy during the day.
At Senior Safe and Sound, we hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy. Our team understands the increased risk of abuse and neglect, especially during a pandemic. Contact us any time if you need information and support: info@SeniorSafeAndSound.org or call 858-480-7551.
This information is intended to inform the public at large about this important issue. It is not intended to serve as legal or medical advice.