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5 Ways to Stay Connected to a Senior Loved One During Trying Times

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As we face the uncertainty of the days, weeks and months ahead, keeping distance from others during times of stress can feel isolating.

For seniors, this news can be especially unsettling if living alone or in a nursing home away from close family members and friends. That’s why it’s important, now more than ever, to stay connected with the people who matter most to you.

Below, we offer unique ways to keep in touch with the people you love, as we practice social distancing.

1. Schedule Virtual Visits Using Video 

Sometimes, all we need is a simple “hello” from a loved one to make our day—especially during the days of social distancing.

While a phone call will do, apps with video capabilities have the added bonus of letting you not only hear, but also see, others. These include:

During trying times, schedule virtual visits with senior loved ones. With video, you can physically see their surroundings to get a sense of how they’re handling the situation. Make a point to keep conversations light by sharing a virtual meal, telling stories or looking through family photos.

Do your best to make these check-ins as normal as possible to ease their mind.

2. Create An Online Book Club 

Is there a book you’ve wanted to read, but haven’t had a chance to start? Create an online book club with close family members and friends, and schedule check-ins after chapters using one of the videos options listed above.

Prepare discussion points to talk about the plot, as well as any characters you find interesting. Not only will you enjoy a new read, but also share time with others.

3. Play a Game 

Thanks to online technology, you can now play games online with others. From Chess to Dominos, there are hundreds of games available online from communities like:

Make the most of game night by setting up a video call to talk with family members and friends while you play.  If a senior loved one doesn’t want to play, have them join in for the conversation.

4. Write a Letter 

You don’t need modern technology to stay connected. Writing a letter is a touching way to let a senior loved one know you’re thinking of them. They will be surprised to receive a physical copy of a personal letter from someone they love.

During a time when visits are restricted, this is a great way to brighten their day.

Add a photo for a personal touch, so they can keep family close. As a reminder, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before sending a letter. Instead of licking the envelope, use tape or a wet towel to seal it.

5. Send a Gift 

Do you usually take something for your senior loved one when you visit them? If so, sending a gift is a good alternative to let them know you’re thinking of him or her while away. 

Some gift ideas include:

  • Puzzles and games, including crosswords and word searches.
  • Flowers.
  • Personalized calendar with pictures of family.
  • Photo album or scrapbook.

If you’d rather visit them at their residence, here are some unique ideas to show you care, while practicing safe social distancing:

Video courtesy of WKYC.

Make the Most of Your Conversations with Senior Loved Ones

During trying times, it’s important to make the most of your conversations with family members and friends, especially those who are older and could use the company. That’s why we created Busch’s Essential Guide to Meaningful Conversation. Packed with 25+ sample questions, you’ll be sure to engage in meaningful dialogue with the people you love.

Download our essential guide to meaningful conversation

 

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