Social engagement for older Americans is essential for their physical and mental well-being. But the COVID-19 pandemic makes that a challenge, which becomes even harder if they reside in a nursing home, or skilled nursing facility.
Laurie Archibald-Pannone, a geriatrician at the University of Virginia offers tips for the elderly to stay connected in her article on The Conversation, re-published by PBS.
A great suggestion is learning new social technology such as Zoom, Facetime and Skype, all of which don’t require someone to be tech-savvy. Another tip is to try to remain a part of the community remotely.
“Many organizations – political parties, faith-based groups, nonprofits – rely on volunteers to make phone calls. You can do that community-based activity right at home,” says Archibald-Pannone.
John Dalli, a partner in the law firm Dalli & Marino LLP, says isolation among nursing homes residents is even more prevalent during this pandemic.
“Most nursing homes have banned visitors. If you have a parent or loved one in a skilled nursing facility, please share these tips to help them reduce their feelings of isolation. Also, encourage family and friends to check in more often to help residents feel more connected.”
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