“The National Seniors Council of Canada defines social isolation as a low quantity and quality of contact with others. A situation of social isolation involves few social contacts and few social roles, as well as the absence of mutually rewarding relationships.” Beyond face-to-face interactions, socialization and quality contact can take the form of virtual encounters with friends and family.Origin Lifestyle Communities knows the risks of loneliness and social isolation. To help counteract these issues, we are sharing ways for you and your family to avoid becoming isolated. Even when we are physically apart, we can still be connected, allowing us to have regular, meaningful contact with friends and family!
Increasing Socialization and Promoting Connectivity
“Without today’s technology, ‘social distancing’ would have meant isolation.” – Chelsea Follett, Cato At Liberty
We are fortunate to live in an era in which technology is booming, and there is always some sort of new development designed to make our lives easier. What this means for you and the individuals in your life is that you can connect virtually and remain in contact with each other. Using a tablet, smartphone, or computer to video call friends and family can help you all feel more connected even when you are physically apart!
The Written Word
Writing has long been a way for people to connect from a distance. Sending handwritten letters or cards between you and family members is a personal way to connect and decrease feelings of loneliness. Furthermore, these letters are a great way for you and your parent to document how each of you is feeling during these times may become a keepsake after social distancing is over.
Making the Most of Social Distancing
Learning Something New
Keeping the mind stimulated and active is an effective way to combat feelings of isolation and loneliness. Encourage the older adult in your life to develop a new skill or pick up a new hobby. Now is the perfect time to learn the language that you have always wanted to become fluent in or learn how to sew.
Exercise is an important aspect to our physical and mental health. In order to stay positive and healthy while social distancing, exercise can serve as a useful tool. A gym is not a requirement in order to get proper exercise, either. There are many beneficial workouts and exercises that an individual can perform in the comfort of home. You can even exercise in a group! Set up a video call and workout alongside your friends and family.
Origin Active Lifestyle Communities Transforms Loneliness into Active Living
If you are worried about your mother or father developing or experiencing social isolation, perhaps it is time for a change. Origin Active Lifestyle Communities offers retirement communities across Canada. Our years of experience in managing senior living communities has enabled us to create programs and activities that nurture the body, mind, and spirit of our community members.
As a member of one of our communities, your family member has several options for daily activities, depending on his or her unique interests. These activities provide settings of naturally occurring socialization. Some of these activities include:
- Tech Tips
- Community Outings
In addition to helping your parent or family member remain active, we encourage proper nutrition and provide comprehensive care services. To learn more about the services we offer our community members, visit our website to find an Origin community near you.
We believe caring for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of seniors is the best way to promote active living that keeps loneliness and isolation at bay.
Updated on May 1, 2020