Are you a senior aged citizen who is feeling more lonely than usual? Do you feel as though your voice is not being heard through all of the chaos happening in the world? Do you feel as though you are lacking community due to self-isolation? Unfortunately for many seniors, the answer to these questions is yes. Furthermore, due to the coronavirus pandemic, these feelings of lonesomeness within the senior community are only on the rise. Many older adults are staying inside to avoid catching the virus, which prevents them from spending valuable time with friends and family. While self-isolating may be difficult, it is important to remember that this pandemic will not last forever and self -isolation is only temporary. Although in the meantime, there are a few ways you can occupy your time and maintain relationships with close friends and family.
Connect with Others
During this time of self-isolation, perhaps one of the most important things you can do is spend time with friends and family through non-traditional methods of communication. Even though you may not be able to spend time with them face-to-face, there are many other ways you can communicate with them. It is important to stay connected and let others know how you are feeling during this time. Remember that your thoughts and feelings are important and they should be expressed to those close to you. If you feel comfortable using the Internet, there are many ways you can stay connected with others through social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Although, if you do not feel comfortable using social media sites and would prefer to use other methods of communication, here are a few ideas for you:
Send a handwritten letter or postcard
Ask to be pen-pals with a family member or friend
Make scheduled phone calls to friends and family members
Make a call using a video-chat service like Facetime or Zoom
Stay in touch through sending a text message to friends and family
Daily Living Assistance
Being home alone during a pandemic may be lonely and stressful. Questions such as “how am I going to get groceries without being exposed to the virus?” or “who will take care of me if I test positive for COVID-19?” may be on your mind. Thankfully At-Home Quality Care, a proud member of CareFinders Total Care, provides live-in care to COVID-19 positive clients. These caregivers can help you with the following:
Hiring a live-in caregiver during this time will put your mind at ease.
They will take care of tasks such as grocery shopping and house cleaning.
They can assist you with everyday living activities such as dressing and bathing
They will keep you company during a lonely time and will be a source of good communication and comfort
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Create Something
While staying home alone, perhaps you can occupy your time by putting your creative side to work. We all have been given talents and should express ourselves through those gifts. Moreover, not only does being creative pass time, but it can also be fun! Below are a few ways you can express your creativity:
Start a journal and write down your daily thoughts
Write short stories you have always wanted to write
Draw a picture or complete a coloring book
Start a needlework, knitting, or crochet project
Create a photo album that you can share later with others
Learn a new song on an instrument you enjoy playing
Other Fun Ideas
Below are a few other activities you can do to occupy your time during self-isolation:
Museums provide digital access to their collections including The Louver and Guggenheim. To take a virtual tour, you can click here.
Play games that involve engaging your mind such as crossword puzzles, Sudoku, cards or chess
Read a few new books
Watch a new movie or television series
Listen to music you enjoy
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