Loneliness is a common struggle for seniors. As we get older, we often lose close friends and family as they move town or pass away. This often means that seniors have fewer visitors to socialize with. Some seniors may also find it difficult to leave the house due to physical limitations, making it more of a challenge to find social groups or activities.
If you or a senior family member are stuck at home, then we’ve got some tips to help you stay connected with your family and friends.
Make frequent calls
A simple phone call is a great way to stay in touch and make your loved one feel cared about. Calling each other on a regular basis will help them feel connected to others and allow you both to learn about how the other is doing. If you establish a call schedule with them, then this will give them something to look forward to if they know when to expect your calls.
If your senior family member has a PC, laptop, or smartphone, then you may also be able to make video calls. You could first call them over the phone to guide them through setting up what they need for the calls. Actually seeing each other’s faces and talking screen to screen can be an even greater way to stay connected. Seeing a familiar face can be comforting and you get to read each other’s reactions as you talk. Seeing your loved one regularly on video calls can also allow you to monitor their health based on their appearance.
Some great tools for video calling include Zoom and Skype. If you both have iPhones, then you can also use the Facetime app. If one or more of you have an Android device, then you can use the video call functions in WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger.
Send a letter
Staying connected doesn’t all have to be about tech. Sending a letter in the mail is a nice gesture that shows that you’ve taken the time and effort to reach out to someone. It’s a more personal form of communication that can really make the recipient feel special. You could write about what you’ve been doing recently and ask them questions about themselves, encouraging them to write back. If you have young children, then you could have them draw a picture to send with the letter. I’m sure they would love to hang up pictures drawn by their grandchildren or nieces and nephews.
When we’re feeling isolated, just remember that there are ways to stay connected with those you love. If you’d like to learn more about staying social in assisted or independent living communities, then contact Bermuda Village.