Senior adults have endured more than most, in my opinion, during the pandemic. The sheer fact of their age makes them more susceptible to not only COVID-19 but other potential life threatening illnesses. The focus on senior adults this September issue is super important and close to my heart.
My adorable, kind and loving mother has dementia and lives nearby in a memory care facility. I have only briefly seen her several times since March. She doesn’t understand what is going on in the world or why we can’t visit her in person. Like so many seniors, she is very high risk with multiple health issues and keeping our distance from her has been for the best as difficult as it is.
There are ways to get creative though to maintain a close relationship during this time of social distancing and let them know we love and are thinking of them.
~Social distancing visits through window or outside if possible. Depending on the environment your senior loved ones live in, make the most prudent decision to visit in person but keeping 6 feet apart, through a window or gate. Even though we might not be able to hug them or spend the time we would like to with them, we are keeping them safe.
~Phone calls, Zoom or Facetime calls with our senior adults and loved ones keeps us in touch with them even if we are not able to see them face to face. We can keep up with their activities and let them know we love and miss them.
~Send care packages, cards, food or their favorite meal to let them know you are thinking of them. Sweet notes go a long way when seniors might be isolated and feeling lonely.
~Let them know that this is temporary and that you will be able to see them soon but for now it is in their best interest if you keep your distance for health reasons.
As hard as it is, the more steps we take now to make smart decisions will help to pay off in the future.