The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone, but none more than the senior community. Both at higher risk for contracting the virus, but also because they are missing out on social interaction more than most. Here are a few ideas to help you support your loved ones during the pandemic.
In an era of constant communication and digital connection, it may seem like a silly gesture. However, to seniors, who spent much of their lifetime corresponding with family and friends through handwritten communication, it could be just what they need to brighten their day. Pick up a card that captures how you’re feeling or even just write a short handwritten note. Not only will they love the surprise of receiving “happy” mail, but the expectation that accompanies handwritten communication could give them something fun to look forward to.
Studies show that living with plants or flowers can actually help boost your mood and energy levels. Plantlife helps boost oxygen levels and can help purify the air which aids in their mood-boosting powers. Sending your loved ones a plant or flower arrangement will not only lift their spirits but could have longer term benefits than just the initial delivery. Besides, it’s a simple, beautiful way to show someone you care. Plants that are particularly beneficial in boosting mood include:
Depending on where you are located, an in-person traditional visit may not be an option. However, coordinating a socially distant visit can be just what everyone needs. Plan a visit to meet through a window and call on the phone. Or get the family together and do a drive-by caravan to show them you care.
Staying connected during times like this means getting creative. Have kids create a short story book with illustrations to keep their grandparents updated on their latest adventures. Send them a digital photo frame full of your latest photos to help brighten their day. And when all else fails, pick up the phone and give them a quick call.