Because older adults have a higher risk of more serious illness from COVID-19, it’s especially important for them to stay home and limit close physical contact with people outside their household. But that doesn’t mean cutting off all contact with others. Staying connected may take some creative thinking in our new COVID-19 world but it’s worth the effort.
People who feel closely connected to others have both physical and emotional benefits.
Planning for connection
How can older adults keep close ties to community and loved ones and still follow the basic rules about socializing that we know prevent COVID-19 infection? Start by thinking about the types of interactions that bring joy. Before COVID-19, this may have included:
The next step is to make a plan to increase those connections that improve your wellbeing and to limit ones that make you feel worse. Most likely, you’ll need to be creative in modifying your favorite activities to fit the constraints of our COVID-19 world.
Tried and true ways to connect:
Express yourself creatively
Move your body to lift your spirits
Use technology to stay connected
Helping others from your home
Feeling close to others and a sense of belonging is good for all of us, no matter how old you are. Reach out to others, take care of yourself, and ask for help. We’re in this together.