We are going through unprecedented times in our history. It is even worse if you are a senior aging at home or in an assisted living facility. Seeing faces or hearing the voices of family and friends can be truly a lifesaver.
Research has linked social isolation and loneliness to higher risks for a variety of physical and mental conditions: high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, a weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline leading to Alzheimer’s disease, and even death if seniors are left isolated and lonely. High levels of physical decline is a possible concern. Loneliness can be as deadly as obesity or smoking in seniors.
Comforts of Home hosts a monthly Senior Luncheon to connect seniors over 65 with valuable resources in the community to increase their livelihood-mentally and physically. All the resources and lunch are free, local speakers come in and talk, and the guests all get to socialize with their peers. Unfortunately, since February 2020 and at the onset of the pandemic, we have not been able to meet.
We have initiated a conference call for seniors with an easy access phone number shared though emails, social media, and our partnering agencies serving seniors including Community Assistance Center and Meals on Wheels. Our seniors appreciated the check in time as it helped them feel valuable and loved. During the time we cannot meet in person we will continue a check in conference call every 2 weeks on Wednesday.
This is a wonderful way for family members to stay connected with seniors also. Consistent phone calls at a regular time will keep everyone engaged. Other ways to stay connected are using apps of Facetime, Skype, Zoom, and the new WhatsApp. Get a free conference phone number all can use at FreeConferenceCall.com
Exercise and staying physically active every day are important even if at home isolating. At least twice a week, adults over 65 should do any activity that improves strength, balance, and flexibility. Each week should consist of at least one activity of moderate intensity for a total of 150 minutes per week. Activities could include walking, cycling, yoga, Pilates, or swimming to keep your blood flowing and improve physical, mental, and psychological well-being. Limited mobility seniors can participate in chair exercises, folding clothes, or simple arm movements to keep the blood flowing. Sunshine is always good for the soul even if just sitting by a window or on a porch. View some daily activities on our blog.
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