The global coronavirus pandemic has pushed most of us into our homes, making connecting with others a bit more difficult than it was just a few months ago. For older adults who are living at home, this time can feel especially isolating. Fortunately, technology offers plenty of ways to combat loneliness. You just have to know where to look and what to download.
Dangers of Isolation and Loneliness
Right now, the safest thing for all of us to do is to practice social distancing. Some states are also encouraging residents to shelter in place, leaving their homes only for exercise and essential travel. However, even though it is the safest thing to do, isolation can get lonely awfully fast.
Older adults are especially vulnerable to the dangers of social isolation, even before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived. Research from the National Institute on Aging has demonstrated that socially isolated seniors are at a higher risk for conditions like anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
The good news? Though you may be at home alone or with a partner, you don’t have to be socially isolated. You can continue to connect with your friends and loved ones via phone calls, text messages, video chats, and online games. Here are a few of our favorite online games you can use to play with friends, family, and strangers that will keep your mind sharp.
If you have merely thought of turning on the news or picking up a newspaper lately,
you have undoubtedly seen tons of stories about COVID-19, the viral disease also known as the “novel coronavirus.” If you’re like me, these stories have quickly caused you to think about your family and loved ones and how this coronavirus might impact you.
For at least two decades, we’ve heard exciting promises about virtual reality. Until recently, VR technology was the exclusive domain of tech-savvy kids and a few startups making big predictions while offering little. In the past few years, virtual reality has come a long way from its humble roots. It’s not just about video games and immersive experiences anymore. A number of companies are already using virtual reality platforms to improve the lives of seniors.
This blog was published on March 16, 2017 and updated on January 15, 2020.
Forty-nine percent of seniors are concerned that they will outlive their savings, according to the United States of Aging Survey. An additional 64 percent worry that healthcare costs will increase over the next five to 10 years. Fully 40 percent of seniors have low or moderate incomes, and many live on meager savings or fixed Social Security payments. A recent Health Affairs report found that many middle income seniors will be unable to afford long-term care. With seniors living longer than ever — and desiring more meaningful and adventurous retirements than previous generations — these figures present a serious problem. What happens to seniors in senior living communities when their money runs out?
For many seniors and their families, the most difficult aspect of transitioning to senior living is deciding when to make the move. As soon as seniors move to senior living, they’re often happier and more engaged, with more chances to socialize, and support whenever and wherever they need it.
Virginia memory care supports seniors with dementia and other cognitive issues to live dignified lives filled with meaning and joy. Caring for a person with dementia requires a unique approach tailored to the needs and challenges of each senior who has it. The best Virginia memory care communities offer this personalized approach, helping seniors to achieve greater independence and a better life. Here’s what you need to know about choosing the perfect memory care community for the senior you love.
Summer is a great chance to spend some time soaking up vitamin D from the sun. Warmer weather also means a chance to get moving outside, whether you’re going for a quick jaunt around the block, or renting a boat for the weekend. Staying active can help you maintain a healthy weight, improve your mental health, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and maybe even help you live longer. But seniors also face a higher risk of heatstroke and other heat-related illnesses, so it’s important to balance healthy activity with staying cool. These senior living activities help you do both.
A few generations ago, seniors contemplating retirement had frustratingly few options. They could live at home, move in with their kids, or roll the dice and move into a nursing home, uncertain about the type of care they would receive. Today’s seniors have already changed society a lot. From protesting injustices to demanding greater equality for all groups, they’ve now turned their attention to revolutionizing the aging process. They want better senior living solutions, and increasingly, they’re getting them. Seniors retiring in Georgia now have a number of great options for senior living.
Seventy-two percent of adults say they feel stressed about money. Financial stress can erode quality of life and even lead to depression. For some people, financial stress actually undermines their ability to buckle down, make a plan, and start saving. The right plan can help you steadily work toward the retirement of your dreams. Before you devise your retirement plan, you need a realistic portrait of the expenses you can expect as you age. Here’s what to consider as you move closer to your golden years.