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May 19, 2020

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Loneliness and social isolation have been linked to health risks. An AARP study indicates health risks associated with prolonged isolation are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day*. Caregiving in today’s COVID-19 environment has forced many to find alternatives to maintaining social connectivity during this challenging time.

For most, the telephone is an available technology and a preferred method for communication. Introducing or increasing the frequency of phone calls is an easy way to remotely socialize with those we care for. For those with cellular and wi-fi services, we can go even further with remote connectivity through virtual and video chat.

Get creative with communication. For example, set up calls during dinner time to create a virtual dining experience with your loved one or hold the phone near a speaker to play music you’ve discovered to share the experience with those you care for. Call when your favorite TV show comes on and watch “together” or set up a virtual game night to challenge each other with your go-to board or card game. Small gestures of humanity can go a long way for someone, take the time to stay connected and add a sense of normalcy with all the happenings around the world.

 

*Source: https://connect2affect.org/about-isolation/

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