3 Tips to Avoid Social Isolation Despite Physical Distancing

residents taking part in a safe outdoor group painting session

These are difficult times for everyone, and you might be concerned about how to keep in touch with friends and family members while respecting physical distancing regulations. Unfortunately, social isolation is common among seniors and can seriously affect your mental health. That’s why the team at Retirement Concepts would like to remind you of three ways you can enjoy social interactions while protecting your health, especially if you live in a retirement community.

 

  1. Sign up for clubs and activities

Many retirement communities offer a wide range of clubs and activities that residents can participate in on a daily or weekly basis. Whether you want to pick up a new hobby, rekindle a passion or just have fun, there are plenty of options to keep you mentally sharp or help maintain your physical fitness. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to befriend like-minded people. Often, retirement homes also schedule regular entertainment to help strengthen the sense of community among residents and give everyone a chance to unwind.

 

  1. Adopt an animal companion

If your retirement community allows residents to have pets, a small dog or cat can make for great company. In addition to easing feelings of loneliness by giving you a creature to love and care for, having a pet around can reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Plus, you don’t have to keep your distance, and taking a pet for a walk is a good way to stay active.

 

  1. Use technology to stay connected

These days, technology makes it easy to keep in touch with friends and family members no matter where you live. If it’s not safe to visit with your loved ones in person, use a video conference platform such as Zoom, Skype or FaceTime to have a video chat. Even weekly calls can go a long way and help you feel close to the people who matter most to you. If you don’t have your own smartphone or computer, speak with one of the staff members at your retirement community. Many facilities are happy to let residents borrow an iPad or other device to stay connected.

 

Senior Living with Retirement Concepts

If you or a loved one is planning to move into a retirement community in Alberta, British Columbia or Quebec, look no further than Retirement Concepts. We offer several levels of care, and our friendly staff is committed to ensuring you feel safe and welcome in our retirement homes. Contact us today for more information.