I think we can all agree on one thing. What you are doing now is not what you anticipated you would be doing this spring. These are some challenging times. And it’s having an effect on all of us. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease and seniors are particularly vulnerable. We hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe. In some homes a sole occupant may be facing some serious loneliness. That’s why now, more than ever, we need each other. This month we offer some helpful suggestions for coping during this period of isolation as we weather the COVID-19 storm.
Just because you can’t get together, you can still get the feeling, and it has never been easier. Technology enables us to see each other virtually. FaceTime, Zoom, House Party and other social media apps have taken a new prominence in our lives. Kids, grandchildren, parents and grandparents are discovering new ways to share family events like birthdays, Sunday dinners, and game nights using these on-line applications. Get on the phone with family members and friends to keep up connections and check in with each other on a regular basis.
Seniors, especially those living at home on their own, really need to take extra good care of themselves during these unprecedented times. That means making sure to pay attention to physical and emotional health. Staying mobile with exercise – even if most of that exercise is in the home. Eating healthy foods and keeping up with hydration. When weather permits and it is safe to do so, get some fresh air and sunshine by taking a little stroll outside. Just be sure to practice social distancing and follow the protocols and recommendations of the NC DHHS.
Feed Your Mind and Soul
Maintaining a positive attitude is essential to your overall health and wellbeing. Don’t fall into the trap of spending the day sitting on the couch glued to tv news channels or endless binge-watching on Netflix.
Use this time to engage in a favourite hobby, learn a new skill, read books, organize family photos!
We have several posts on these topics in our resources section.
When its safe to do so, help others. Pick up the phone to reconnect with neighbors, friends, and family. Support the local food bank, animal shelters, or other non-profits that are important to you. Local Senior Centers offer valuable assistance during this time. Learn what is available in your area by visiting the resources for seniors link here.
We understand that this is a time of uncertainty as the events around COVID-19 continue to evolve and we join in expressing our concern for those directly impacted.
Working together, we’ll get through this. Because that’s what Americans do.
Your Companions at Golden Harmony