Many seniors rely on family, friends and social gatherings to stay connected and promote a healthy lifestyle. As we are being asked to shelter in place and hunker down during the coronavirus pandemic, let's not forget our most vulnerable and often forgotten elderly generation.
Not long ago, the COVID-19 coronavirus was not a topic of discussion. Today, the coronavirus is on the minds of nearly everyone. Social distancing caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus is very unnatural for a social society such as ours. Meanwhile, as we wait for this pandemic to remedy itself, it is forcing us to become more creative in the ways we connect socially with our elderly population and each other.
How about we switch things up a bit with some ideas on reconnecting with elder loved ones.
What Are You Doing Tonight?
Suggestion: Take a tour together.
Watch a virtual tour of a museum "together." Right now, across the world museums are streaming live tours and providing back stories to museums. All you need to do is pick one, and chat online or on a phone about the experience. The possibilities are endless!
Where Did You Go This Weekend?
Suggestion: Talk about where you've been together.
Share your stories. Remember a favorite family vacation? Get the pictures out, start a photo album and retrace your steps. Reminisce about past events and catch up on the now. Who knows, maybe you’ll start planning your next great adventure.
Did You Know?
Suggestion: Capture memories at your fingertips or a call away.
Family history can become just that if we don’t capture the memories. Research your family history online with ancestory.com or go directly to the source with a family member. The family elders often have great memories to share that are much better stories to hear from their perception.
Have A Party
Suggestion: Create a party line phone chat.
Host a party line phone chat. Set up a time and stick to it so it gives you something to look forward to. Be creative by coming up with a few topics to chat about. You can even play a trivia game over the phone.
What Do You Know?
Suggestion: Share a skill together.
Recreate the lost art of creating or recreating a family tradition such as knitting, canning, painting or scrapbooking. Perhaps you will discover you have more alike than you realized.
As we make our way through this uncertain time, the only real certainty is, we are not alone. Let’s continue to watch out for each other and put differences aside so we can reinstall the human side back into humanity.
Be well, and remember this too shall pass.
By Michelle A McAllister
Intake Specialist, Franciscan Senior Health & Wellness Dyer