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Safe, Socially Distant Ways Seniors Can Stay Socially Active

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When the coronavirus first hit the US and turned our lives upside down, no one had any idea how long it would last. As we hit the one-year mark, it’s more important than ever for high-risk seniors to stay safe. However, for older adults, restricting activities such as socializing, exercising and going out in public is taking its toll.

While it’s vital that we do everything within our power to protect our health and follow all COVID-19 protocols, it is also important they find new ways to stay socially active. And thanks to the internet, there are plenty of creative ideas out there that can help ease the feelings of isolation.

Top 5 Ways to Stay Socially Active and Safe During COVID-19

Social distancing is the new normal. That means staying home, avoiding crowds and wearing a mask are all necessary precautions to help prevent the spread of germs. Luckily, there are still ways to stay connected to friends and loved ones without putting anyone at risk.

Below are 5 ideas to help you stay socially active despite the need for social distancing:

  • Plan Virtual Get-Togethers – While it won’t be the same without all the hugs get-togethers bring, free communication tools are available online to help you stay connected no matter where you are in the world. Start a book club, eat meals together or just have regularly scheduled get-togethers through services like Skype, Facebook or Facetime.
  • Try Online Gaming – Playing card games or board games online with friends is a great way to keep the mind sharp while also getting some necessary social interaction. Plan a time to play with friends or connect with other seniors through the internet.
  • Watch Tours and Concerts Online – While it’s not traditional social interaction, learning and expanding knowledge is a great way to keep the mind sharp and it gives you something to share with friends and loved ones. There are many virtual tours available for landmarks all over the world as well as virtual concerts from some of the nation’s top artists.
  • Find a Pen Pal – Believe it or not, pen pals are back in style. Whether it’s hand-written communication or through email, writing out feelings and sharing with someone is a great way to stay social and positively impact mental health.
  • Join an Online Class – There are countless classes available on the internet. From painting to computer coding, joining a class is a great way to meet new people virtually and learn a new skill that will help keep the mind active.

The major changes brought on by COVID-19 are forcing seniors to change habits they may have had for their entire adult lives. Making the transition to a more virtual and socially distant lifestyle is challenging at any age, but for seniors, it can be an even greater burden. If you or a loved one are struggling with feelings of isolation, it’s important to ask for help and focus on the things that can be controlled.

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