The current state of the world has brought about the need for extra precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This often means foregoing visits with family to keep elderly loved ones at low risk.
The lack of physical connection has taken a tremendous toll on seniors. August 2020 research from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that one in four adults over the age of 64 report feelings of depression and anxiety. We can attribute some of this loneliness from the stay at home orders, and the general lack of connection many people are feeling at the moment.
While life doesn’t look the way we hoped for, we can still stay connected to one another virtually. Read on for tips to making the most of your video calls.
You can still be connected to people in your life
Research published in the Journal of the International Society for Geron Technology found that 24% of seniors fear using new technology, and over 43% of those surveyed were fearful that they would damage devices. This fear often stops seniors from attempting to navigate online video platforms like Zoom and FaceTime.
However, with the shift in our world due to COVID-19, many seniors are becoming familiar with electronic devices like never before.
Now more than ever, seniors are utilizing technology in ways they never imagined
So, how do you make the most of virtual gathering?
Tip 1 – First things first, RELAX! Watch a Tutorial
If you are new to video calls, you aren’t alone, and there are plenty of people who can show you the ropes. Reach out to family members, friends, or caretakers for a quick tutorial. Everyone is new at something at one point or another; there is no shame in this game.
Be patient with yourself and trust that your loved ones are so excited to connect with you this way. Here is an excellent tutorial from AARP to get you started.
Tip 2 – Make the meetings memorable
While you are meeting virtually, and we know this isn’t the same as a sit-down dinner, why not take the time you have and make the most of it.
- Play a family game together.
- Share a glass of wine with your loved ones.
- Go through photo albums.
- Sit at the table and eat together, yet apart.
These things may feel strange at first, but you are creating memories. Focus on this if you can.
At Victoria Landing, we believe there is always room to grow and thrive, no matter what your age. We know how important connection is and we have so many opportunities to connect with others and family members at our facility. For more information on Victoria Landing and all we have to offer, contact us today!