How Seniors Can Stay Connected During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Author: Tim Bireley

These are scary times, but as with any type of pandemic, knowledge is power. How do you cope with COVID-19 as a senior? We have some tips for you that will leave you empowered and encouraged, so keep reading!

Everyone needs social time with loved ones, yet it seems that is exactly what we are being asked not to do these days with social distancing. While staying home is the best way to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, there are things you can do to still connect with friends and family, and combat the boredom and/or loneliness that can come with such times as we are in right now.

First of all, TAKE HEART! The Coronavirus will cycle through and it will become a thing of the past quickly if we follow the counsel of our leaders and medical experts. They know more than we do and it’s important to put our politics aside and do what will keep us well. Now is not the time to get into arguments with friends or loved ones about how things are being handled. We must work together to successfully get through this time and back to normal life!

Schedule Time with Loved Ones and Friends Through Virtual Means

We are blessed to live in a world with technology that allows us to see each other as we have a conversation in real-time! Skype, FaceTime, Messenger video-calls, and many other social media platforms allow us to stay connected! If you aren’t sure how to utilize these apps, ask a family member or friend for help. It’s easier than you might think and will help you stay connected as you stay home. Of course, a simple phone call is also great!

Play Games Online

The Internet is a wonderful way to play fun games. Whether you love card games like Solitaire or Free Cell, or perhaps you love word games, crossword puzzles, or even the online version of Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy, playing games online keeps your brain active and lets you compete with other friends online at the same time!

Consider Online Book Clubs

Do you love to read? No matter the genre, there are many book clubs that will welcome you to join the discussion of a good book! The best thing of all, no traveling is required, and you don’t have to be in a room full of people to participate!

Watch Online Entertainment

There will be many concerts and festivals that will be canceled during this time, which is unfortunate because we are in heading into the most beautiful time of year. But, musicians and bands across the globe are taking the shutdown due to COVID-19 and using it to still play great music online! There will be bands and singers of all types who will be performing live online via live stream to allow a live audience to still enjoy the performance. Platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram are just a few of the ways you can enjoy a great concert online!

Finally, pick up the phone and talk the old-fashioned way! Seniors may not be savvy with all the tech devices and gadgets, but that doesn’t mean they should feel lonely! If you are missing loved ones and friends during this time, write a letter or enjoy a phone call with those you love! The beautiful thing about that is, everyone enjoys getting something nice in the mailbox that is actually handwritten!

For more information on how to stay safe during this Coronavirus pandemic, please contact us today! Stay well, stay patient, and stay connected. We will get through it together!!

Home Helpers of Greater is a locally-owned, trusted home health care agency and offers quality, compassionate senior in-home care services in Milwaukee, WI, including home care assistance, 24-hour live-in care, personal care, companion care, respite care, Alzheimer's & dementia care, Parkinson's care as well as homemaker services. We also serve Mequon, Fox Point, Bayside, River Hills, Whitefish Bay, Cedarburg, Germantown, Grafton, Menomonee Falls, Brown Deer, Port Washington, Wauwatosa, Sussex, West Allis, Butler, Greendale, Hales Corners, Saukville, Slinger, Brookfield, Elm Grove, Greenfield, New Berlin, Shorewood, Waukesha, and Thiensville, Wisconsin.

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