Offering Mental Support During the Pandemic

Its vitally important to stay connected to those isolated during these challenging times. Loneliness and social isolation in older adults are serious public health risks affecting a significant population and putting them at risk for major depression and even suicide. 

People who may respond more strongly to the stress of isolation during the pandemic include:

  • People caring for family members or loved ones
  • People that have an underlying mental or physical health condition
  • Those with a lack of social support from family or friends

Ideas to help those socially isolated while helping others across generations:

  • Become pen pals, write letters, send cards
  • Easy to use mobile devices, like tablets made for seniors
    • Can view pictures
    • Play Games
    • Video Chat
    • Make phone calls
  • Set up social Video (Zoom) groups to talk with friends and family
  • Participate in groups via video conferencing
  • Church groups
  • Book clubs
  • Have story time, read to your grandchildren over the phone
  • Home visits by caregivers or phone calls
  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting

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