Do you have older family members living alone during the Covid-19 outbreak? Here are some wonderful suggestions for decreasing social isolation among seniors while maintaining physical distance:

  • Snail mail (Write letters to children, grandkids, longtime friends or strangers in need)
  • Schedule daily or weekly phone calls, texts, email, FaceTime, Zoom, Facebook
  • GrandPad (tablet designed for seniors; a good option if people can afford it)
  • Read to grandchildren over FaceTime
  • Volunteer from home by making phone calls
  • Play your favorite games online
  • Take short neighborhood walks and wave to neighbors
  • Make artwork to hang in your windows for neighbor kids to enjoy
  • Decorate your door, outdoor plant/bush or mailbox with something colorful (change it up weekly)
  • Place a teddy bear in a front window and move it weekly
  • Gardening
  • Online book or chat groups
  • Virtual tours, museums, concerts and plays, such as those listed here and here
  • Watch live-streaming worship services and submit prayer requests online

Source: Bobbi Matchar, Director of the Duke Dementia Family Support Program