Importance of Staying Socially Active for Seniors During COVID-19
Socialization brings us numerous health benefits, including benefits to mental and physical health and even a longer lifespan. But, unfortunately, it can be more difficult to stay social while you’re trying to stay physically distant and healthy.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been encouraged to socially distance to reduce the spread of this virus. While it may seem more difficult to stay connected to loved ones and the community, there are a variety of opportunities to improve your social wellness and stay socially active from a safe space. Keep reading for ideas of safe, socially distant ways seniors can stay socially active.
Safe Ways to Stay Socially Active
- Set up time to talk to family and friends through phone calls and video chats. Advancements in technology offer even more opportunities to stay social — perhaps one of the greatest benefits of technology for seniors. It’s much easier to stay connected to loved ones through texts, phone calls and even video chats, especially when staying socially distant. Video chats are the next best thing to face-to-face communication since it offers you the chance to not only talk to friends and family but to also see their faces.
- Meet for a walk outside. As long as you stay six feet apart and wear a mask when you’re not able to, Mayo Clinic lists meeting a friend or family member outside for a walk as a low-risk activity. So not only do you get to connect with others, but you’ll be getting some fresh air and exercise, too!
- Host a virtual movie night. Did you know that you’re able to stream a movie on Netflix with a loved one while both staying at home? Watch Netflix Together is a free Chrome extension that lets you watch Netflix shows with friends and loved ones in sync together. They even include a chat box so you can talk to your friends and family while all enjoying it from the comfort of your own homes.
- Bake or cook together. Sharing a meal with loved ones is one of life’s simple pleasures, and you’re still able to bake or cook together even while socially distanced. Set up a video call and work through a recipe each in the comfort of your own home. You can laugh and enjoy the process together and share how the dish turned out for each of you.
Find Ways to Improve Your Social Wellness at Springpoint
Springpoint Life Plan Communities make it easier for seniors to stay socially active. Our eight senior living communities in New Jersey and Delaware offer inviting communities with friendly neighbors, many social activities and amenities to keep you active, and a warm and engaging staff to help you settle into your new life. Through our LivWell program, you’ll be encouraged to stay physically and socially active, keeping your mind and body in shape and your spirit lifted.
Contact us today with any questions you may have or to schedule your personal tour.