Ten Ways to Keep Seniors Engaged in Isolation

Published Friday, April 17, 2020

Isolation is normally deemed one of the most dangerous things for seniors.  Research proves that social isolation leads to physical and mental decline.  However, these are not normal times and in order to protect our seniors, we are forced to completely isolate them.  What to do?!  Here are some suggestions to keep them engaged and stimulated.

  1. Call every day!

  2. Have a prepared topic to discuss (It’s hard to keep up a normal conversation when we’re all stuck at home and have nothing new to report). You can talk about an interesting story you heard on the radio or read on the internet.

  3. FaceTime or Zoom with them if they can do it. It makes a big difference to see faces and gives them a reason to brush their hair and get dressed each day (the same can be said for everyone!). Click here for a tutorial for joining Zoom meetings.

  4. Encourage them not to watch the news all day. It’s very depressing!  Do some research and find a program that you think they would enjoy watching.
  5. Do a crossword puzzle over the phone or online.

  6. Visit them with your own chair and set it up in the yard while they sit on their porch.

  7. Visit museums together online.
  8. Send handwritten cards or letters. It gives them something to look forward to if they know you are writing regularly and they can reread it whenever they want.

  9. Read a book together and discuss it by the chapter.

  10. Share a virtual meal. You can even order a meal for them and have it delivered.  Make sure they know how to use their speakerphone or can set up FaceTime or Zoom.  Do it once or twice a week and it is something they can look forward to.

Have ideas that you have found helpful? Need help getting connected with a senior? Email rachel@nojcc.org.

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