Be a Friend to a Lonely SeniorHere are five ways to interact with someone who is socially isolated.
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:
- 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.
- Pick up the phone – A short phone call can brighten the day – or week – of someone who rarely hears from anyone.
- Leave a surprise at their door – Candy and other small gifts are easy ways to let someone know they are cared about.
- Interact outside – Keeping a 6-foot distance on a porch or in another outside setting, make a social engagement date.
- 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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