Thinking about this pandemic, our elders and even my mom, has inspired me to write this blog. I can only speak for my individual family circumstance, but I am sure many are experiencing the same or similar situations within their families. My mom is BORED! My siblings and I call her often, and she states that “she is bored and over this!”. She is also feeling lonely and wants to hug her children and grandchildren. What to do…
We are social creatures, and studies have shown that all living beings are healthier when they connect. Loneliness has been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, weakened immune systems, not to mention depression. So, how do we stay connected with our seniors, but stay healthy?
Phone calls and texting often will keep them involved with others and will connect them, however, video conferencing is even better. Seeing a person’s eyes, smile and facial expression will lead to better connection. Videoconferencing is taking off with a new app called zoom. With Zoom, you can have a large or small group together for game night, happy hour, or just family time.
Keep in mind that using technology may be intuitive for many people, but seniors may need special instruction and a lot of patience via the phone. It may take longer, but it will be worth it when you see your senior is well and they are feeling connected.
I look forward to hugging my loved ones, but for the time being, seeing their smiling face will have to do…stay healthy everyone!