Be a Friend to a Lonely Senior

Here are five ways to interact with someone who is socially isolated.
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While COVID-19 has undoubtedly thrown a wrench in most people’s normal social activities, the pandemic may have completely isolated many older adults. According to the CDC, this isolation often leads to depression and other health issues. The good news is that you can make a positive difference in the life of a senior – from a safe distance.

Here are some tips to bring joy to a senior in isolation:

  1. Send a letter – Whether you become a pen pal to a senior with Ready to Care or write to someone you already know, letters are heartwarming and thoughtful.
  2. Pick up the phone – A short phone call can brighten the day – or week – of someone who rarely hears from anyone.
  3. Leave a surprise at their door – Candy and other small gifts are easy ways to let someone know they are cared about.
  4. Interact outside – Keeping a 6-foot distance on a porch or in another outside setting, make a social engagement date.
  5. Start a book or movie club – Find an interesting title you both like and discuss your thoughts through phone or video chat.

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David
3 Kind Acts Completed

I have a Auntie that’s 93 years old and so I thought why not send her something. So we got her sizes , smock and house shoes and sent them too her.

Joyce
18 Kind Acts Completed

I called an old friend & mentor 2 times last week. She told me about cooking a dish & burning it so I fixed her the same dish & took to her. She has been a wonderful example of a widow, mother , grand& great grandmother, friend, & citizen. Our church, school, & community could never repay her for all the good she has done these past 88 years of her life.

Graceann
1 Kind Act Completed

I have been working for this senior for almost 2 years now …..so on her 92 birthday I surprise her with a very beautiful flower and a birthday card at 7am in the morning….and that day was my off day…..she was so happy…..and I was happy I was able to put a smile on her face that day..

Rosita
4 Kind Acts Completed

Good Morning I’m fortunate to have you as my friend. What a Blessing. Did U watch the Super Bowl, it was a game. I enjoy plenty of sports. I never knew how to play or I never gave a few a chance I did play Basketball, KickBall. When I was young I never went a day without being by my dad. I was his son he never had. He taught me how to work on cars. I enjoyed them times. He bought me a horse also showed me how to care for it. I would brush her mane braided it. Appaloosa of a horse, all white with yellow birth mark. Still to this day I reminisce on my times . I love to send letters to loved ones. It’s a pleasure to share my life with U. I look forward to writing more. Happy Valentines. Know that U are loved plus with much Respect thank U for being a huge part of my life.

Gwen
0 Kind Acts Completed

To a retired teacher- I sent her a surprise package – battery timer flicker candles so they would come on every evening and also cozy sock slippers with grip bottoms so they are safe to wear. I followed up with a call that lasted about 30 minutes.
It felt great to do something.

Cherl
2 Kind Acts Completed

I’ve sent pen pal letters 🔤 with no response from anyone..🙄🙄

Elizabeth Cooper
2 Kind Acts Completed

I put in music “Yanni” for my client to listen too today.

Sue
32 Kind Acts Completed

I have prepared Valentine’s cards to mail out this week to the widows, widowers and shut-ins at our church. We had to suspend in person services for a couple of weeks, so our plans had to change accordingly. Normally, we would have the children decorate bags, the congregation would fill them with cards and candy and then the children would distribute the bags.

Melanie
1 Kind Act Completed

Called an old friend!!!

Lisa
1 Kind Act Completed

Made a call to my 90 year old great Aunt

Lisa
1 Kind Act Completed

Made a call to my 90 year old great aunt. Let her know I’ve been thinking about her. We had a nice conversation

Julie
49 Kind Acts Completed

I go by and visit them and give them hugs, which they sorely need! Human beings are social creatures and this whole thing about social distancing is killing them one by one the more it remains allowable and in place! Why doesn’t anyone do any research on their own and use DuckDuckGo.com as their search engine and look up what all this does to our elderly people? It’s set in place by a lot of people who will make a lot of money off of the whole thing and also give them what they want a lower population of elderly humans on this planet! Wake up people and see the truth for yourself, the vaxx will send tiny nano bots into anyone’s body who is uninformed enough to take it and whenever any part of the elderly people’s bodies get compromised it will go after whatever is compromised and not stop until organ failure! These people are evil who came up with this whole thing and it is set up to wipe out humanity and most are rushing out to get in line to take the shot, never realizing that it is designed to kill them! That’s my thoughts on it all and I am a child of God who directly downloads all of my information from Jesus Christ Himself! So please look into what I am saying and at the very least check out the VAERS website and know that only 1% of the people who have had adverse reactions or death from the shot are all that put anything on that site or report it at all out of much much more that go unreported! And there is no recourse to sue these creators of the shot if your loved one dies from it! It’s all experimental and won’t stop the spread of the disease nor allow the ones who take it to stop wearing a mask or social distance & these elderly are the guinea pigs that are taking it to their own demise… whether it happens immediately or a year down the road! Appalling, and they are straight murderers!

Andrea
2 Kind Acts Completed

I talked to my 91 year grandfather on the phone last night and let him how we were doing and checked how he was doing since we lost my grandma last year due to dimisea

Cheryl
5 Kind Acts Completed

I love to send beautiful cards to. All my friends! They make a big positive impression!!

Shelby
1 Kind Act Completed

Logging her old dishes and glassware and selling them
On market place for her

Amanda
1 Kind Act Completed

I do home health my passion is to take care of the elder until I know longer can it means a lot too them just knowing they have someone

Dottie
2 Kind Acts Completed

I went & visited a friend of mine that is in assisted living. Was a nice visit

Janet
2 Kind Acts Completed

Hi this is Janet. How are you?

Debbie
1 Kind Act Completed

Call a friend who is 80, and has some brain damage. Lives alone.

Erica
1 Kind Act Completed

I speak to all seniors I see outside. I offer assistance if I see they need help.

Sheila
11 Kind Acts Completed

I sent a note to an elderly person to let them know they are thought absolutely it

Tanya
14 Kind Acts Completed

I have been calling my senior friends and getting treats

Lily
1 Kind Act Completed

I called my grandmother today and caught up a little. It was so nice to hear her voice!

Dr.N.R.Nirmala
0 Kind Acts Completed

I cooked some food to 78 years single widow, spent sometime talking to her.
She was soooooo happy.
Thank God for giving me this opportunity.

Jean
1 Kind Act Completed

I sit with this very sweet 90 year old woman a few times a week. She told me she appreciated me spending time with her.

Linette
0 Kind Acts Completed

I’m trying to get involved. How would I go about talking to a senior on the telephone???? I have the gift too gab.

Sheila
4 Kind Acts Completed

When I was 21, going out to clubs was very boring and I always wanted to leave. I love to cook. So I had plenty of seniors that lived in my condo village. So I decided to invite them to dinner and a movie. That was the best feeling that I had an realized that I was an old soul. We did that until I moved. Great memories.

Nazbin Wadud
0 Kind Acts Completed

Hi! I am nazbin.Actually I always keep in my mind that every human being has their own choice,wish and freedom. They are also as same as the little ones like our children. So I prefer that we always respect them, respond their actions or activities. Observing them all the way around them. Before died I had helped my mom to took her shower because she had high fever, had breakfast. I wanted to work for them but I have a family, children so sometimes I didn’t manage but I always want those who has parents please don’t hesitate to do work for them. I love ❤️ my parents.

Janet jjones
2 Kind Acts Completed

I took jewelry that I sell to my Aunt to wear everyday.She was so excited.I love her.

Sherral Burt-Bobb
1 Kind Act Completed

I have a 95 year old great Aunt of whom I feel gets lonely based on her conversations, so I check up on her by calling her & sometimes do errands for her. I do have a busy schedule, but God lays her on my mind. Sometimes we may have a different opinion on certain topics that is inspirational & have to do with grace for others as God given us, but dis-spite m of those difficult moments, I do love her enough to get past the differences in the generational gap. There is always a lot one can learn from the older generation. I also believe in giving grace as God has offered me, so that I do not get to be very judgemental. After all, we are all humans & fall short at times, but there is a time to take a stand, & a time for grace & forgiveness.

JUNE
1 Kind Act Completed

Im lookiog to be a caregiver in rutledge tn

Andrea
2 Kind Acts Completed

I invited our old senior neighbour over for dinner ! Picking her up and driving her back home

Marcia
18 Kind Acts Completed

I wrote a letter to a senior and a card.

Sue
6 Kind Acts Completed

I am in a BibleStudy class on Zoom. We are studying Genesis this year. Since we cannot meet face to face today after our lesson we girls ( all seniors) had an hour fellowship and talked on zoom.

Kim
17 Kind Acts Completed

I always call a wonderful woman who is like an honarary aunt to make sure she is ok …unfortunately she has a family who doesn’t really bother …so I check up with her on a regular basis

Diane
3 Kind Acts Completed

During the pandemic I’m checking in on my elderly neighbors when I walk my dogs. I make meals and bake bread. I stop in just to chat. I’m actually enjoying it a lot.

Annette
9 Kind Acts Completed

Sent my friend some encouraging words via WhatsApp.

Fred
4 Kind Acts Completed

Dear,Senior
I want to say hello,and be friends. I worked several times taking people in a
Weel chair,helping them.and they love to be with me,because my Sensor humor. Till they die.

Sadaf
0 Kind Acts Completed

I dont know any senior it would be good if you could give us keads

Fred
4 Kind Acts Completed

To whom may concern,
I just send this message to say hello, i dont know
To whom I might be talking to. I got a message.just tell
Me whats the best way to talk to someone.
Fretz.

Mary
1 Kind Act Completed

We mailed valentines to my mom, aunt and uncles, as well as several elderly in our parish community.

Lisa
2 Kind Acts Completed

Hi was ok walking my dog and saw a fellow dog owner out walking and said hello how is your day.

Fred
4 Kind Acts Completed

I also looking for friends that i can talk to and have a
Regular combertation,
And make real friends. If someone one get
To read this message.answer
Back,I like all kind of music, and dance.

Fred
4 Kind Acts Completed

Hi! I had written several messages
To your people,but never got respond ,what is the deal to get respond.
Fretz.❤😋

Jeanie
0 Kind Acts Completed

I love writting so I do a little newsletter for Hoildays! Put little “goodies” inside! I just completed Valentine cards, newsletter etc. Now I have st. Patrick, Easter ready to start sending out with Newsletter! Gid, Blessing others! [email protected]

Lisa
2 Kind Acts Completed

Made a phone call.to an old cleint i used to do home care for made her day

Fred
4 Kind Acts Completed

To whom may concern,
I had send several messages, several times and never got respond. How the System works?