Loneliness, Social Distancing & COVID-19

Imagine you are going for a walk on the beach in the early morning with some friends or playing golf, then you plan to grab lunch at the new sushi spot on the water followed up by an evening at the clubhouse for a friend’s birthday party. It truly was a great day! Then suddenly, a Pandemic hit, and almost instantly we begin living the quarantine life. It doesn’t feel natural nor does it bring joy into our lives.  

At our core, we are spiritual beings having a physical experience. It is so incredibly important for us to be connected to one another. There is something deeply rooted in us that feeds off the energy of others. It’s as if being around people energizes and restores our souls. I’m sure there are some who may think otherwise. However, my point is that we were meant to be around people, develop friendships and have meaningful relationships in our lives. 

Humans were definitely not made to be stuck in little boxes with windows 24/7. This subtle imprisonment over extended periods of time can have adverse effects on people’s physical and psychological well-being. Studies have shown that social isolation and loneliness can be as bad for our health as obesity, smoking, and even diabetes. Other studies show it increases the risk for dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease. 

That said, we believe people need connection more than any other time in their lives. Our family caregivers need to connect with other caregivers, our seniors need to connect with their friends, and our community needs to find ways to keep people connected even if they aren’t able to be together. This is one of the most important times in our history. Now is the time to find ways to keep our seniors connected with their families, friends, and loved ones using digital platforms. 

Below we have listed 5 different technologies that may help seniors stay connected with their friends and family while they are at home: 

  1. Zoom – schedule weekly phone conferences with family to stay in touch.  
  2. TeleDoc – use this service to maintain your ongoing relationship with a physician 
  3. Social Media – create a Facebook account and begin engaging with your family around the world 
  4. VR Goggles – if you haven’t tried them yet, go for it and see how much you like this new technology 
  5. Smart Home Innovations – items like the Alexa, Echo, Google Home, or other technology devices that may inspire conversation or reading. 

If you are caring for your mom, dad, spouse, or a loved one, we are here to help! Receive a FREE copy of Florida’s 5-Step Guide to Senior Care by simply calling our senior care expert hotline at 941-676-3411. 

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