It is no secret that seniors have been affected the most by the Covid-19 pandemic. They are the ones who have been at a higher risk of facing long-term complications from Coronavirus. Most seriously, this virus has caused acute respiratory complications amongst seniors. That is why, to protect themselves from the virus, socially distancing has been so important.
However, this has left many seniors feeling isolated, and their physical and mental health has taken a toll especially since some countries have enforced quarantines. Thus, it’s critical that seniors stay connected during covid in the comfort of their own homes. Here are a few ways you, as a senior, can achieve that.
Make the Best of Technology
Social distancing is the new norm, but staying away should not result in you being lonely. Seniors may use video calling programs such as Zoom or Skype to remain in touch with their friends and family. You can also play online card games with others and have a great time without risking your health. Getting your much-needed exercise can also be possible with the help of virtual exercise classes.
Try Out Telemedicine
Doctors now are trying out the approach of attending to patient appointments remotely. You can have an online session with your doctor via skype or zoom, and they will take the necessary steps, and advise you accordingly, just like they would in an in-person meeting. This way you will be able to receive the required care by staying in the safety of your home. Things will be different, however, if you have an urgent condition, that would necessitate a visit to the doctor’s office.
Do Your Shopping Online
Online shopping has increased its reach and scope to accommodate the new normal. You can easily order medicine online and shop for everything you need nowadays. Some of the stores will also deliver products such as groceries, medicine, electrical gadgets, etc. right to your doorstep. You can also get services like maintenance and repair services from online providers as well. This way you are staying safe while purchasing all your required amenities right from your home.
Keep Yourself Occupied
Keeping yourself busy with activities is the best way to keep loneliness at bay. You can keep yourself occupied with old pastimes you enjoyed such as solving puzzles, reading books, watching a favorite TV show or movie, taking up sewing or knitting, decorating your home, or playing virtual games on your PC. this will not only keep you occupied, but you might even learn something new in the process.
Cook Something New
Staying at home during lockdown allows you to cook various food items that you have been interested in trying out. You can get a mental and physical uplift by attempting to cook nutritious and tasty meals. Planning and researching new recipes to cook can also be a fun activity.
Summing It Up
To get through the pandemic you need to protect yourself and your loved ones. This is why it’s important to follow the safety guidelines that have been implemented for your safety as a senior. These ideas will help you to keep the loneliness away and stay connected with your peers. Let’s all try to make the best of it!