The coronavirus outbreak is still in full swing across the globe, and the CDC recommends that people over the age of 60 stay home, as the odds of developing COVID-19 increase with age. The coronavirus can affect anyone no matter the age, gender, nationality.
Staying at home and avoiding crowds is necessary to prevent the spread of coronavirus, but it can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness. If you or a loved one is starting to feel the effects of being confined at home, try these suggestions for connecting with others during the outbreak.
Schedule virtual visits with friends and family
From free communication tools like Skype to smartphone apps like Facetime, there are a lot of ways to see and catch up with family and friends without having to leave your apartment. Many online communication tools provide a video feature to help you feel more connected to loved ones. When you’re looking for a simpler solution, a quick phone call can also help lift spirits.
Play your favorite games online
Whether you prefer cards or board games, it's easy to play your favorite games now online. Websites like Arkadium.com offer a variety of card and board games that you can play with others or on your own. You can also download apps on your phone to play games with others, like Words with Friends.
Join an online discussion group or book club
Discussions groups found on sites like SeniorChatters offer a way for older adults to engage in different topics online. Use these tools to meet other seniors from all over the world and discuss your favorite hobbies. If you’re a reader, consider joining an online book club. Celadon Books shares their five favorite book clubs that you can join online. You can also go to National Geographic or read.gov(library of congress).
For children, many online book clubs are free. Try scholastic watch and learn library, Tumblebooks, Highlight Kids, Kids National Geographic, virtual field trips to a museum, or another country. You can also exercise with your kids at GoNoodle and the Learning Station on youtube.
Watch live concerts online
Many people find connection and resilience through music. Organizations like the Seattle Symphony are finding new ways to share their services during these challenging times. Enjoy free live broadcasts of the symphony from the comfort of your own home. You can learn more about upcoming concerts and how to watch these live broadcasts here.
Communicate the old-fashioned way
If you don't have access to smartphones or computers, consider sending a hand-written letter or card to loved ones instead. If you like to volunteer, letter-writing can also be used to spread messages of hope. The nonprofit Letters Against Depression allows people to write hand-written letters of support to people suffering from depression. A great and simple way to connect with others and feel good in the long run.
Finding ways to stay connected with others during the coronavirus can be challenging. Try using these strategies to feel less isolated and to stay connected with loved ones and others around the world.
The best ways to reduce the risk of getting this or any viral respiratory infection DO THE FIVE:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Cover mouth and nose with a tissue or cough and sneeze into the elbow
- Avoid touching your (Face) eyes, nose, or mouth
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick (stay 3ft part)
- Stay at home away from others if you are sick
And remember, Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces in your house, car, and office.
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The ORE Team