Most current news reports focus on COVID-19 test numbers and death counts. While these statistics are important, underlying concerns often go unaddressed. One of the biggest concerns of this pandemic is the loneliness many people are feeling. Since the aging population is at the highest risk for COVID-19 complications, many of them are isolated during this time.
That’s why it’s seldom been more essential that family and friends maintain communication in other ways.
Pen Pals: Ways to Stay Connected
People of all ages are looking for ways to stay connected. A recent story on Good Morning America shows how much people want to reach out to others. The Victorian Senior Care Community shared an update on social media about residents looking for pen pals. The invitation was simple: people from across the country can pick up pen and paper and send messages to new friends living in this senior facility.
The response was overwhelming. This post went viral, and letters have been flooding in to offer companionship, friendship, and love to the residents of the Victorian Senior Care Community.
Find a Pen Pal at a Senior Care Community
While the residents in the Victorian Senior Care Community have plenty of pen pals now, thousands of others are facing loneliness across the nation. You can be part of the solution by starting within your own family circle. Do you know any family members or friends who are isolated in a care facility? Be proactive by reaching out to them with cards, letters, and care packages.
If you don’t have someone to write, try reaching out to local care centers in your area. Another option is to connect with senior activity centers to see how you can help, especially since many regular activities are currently canceled.
A little bit of effort can bring hope and love into another person’s life. Not only will the recipient feel good about the connection, but you will also be glad you made the effort to share your interests with someone else.
At Senior Safe and Sound, we share information to support the senior community and spread information about preventing elder abuse. For additional information and support, contact us by email at 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.