Many people may be wondering how they can help provide emotional support for seniors while still practising physical distancing. This is a hard time for many, but it’s important to remember that some elderly neighbours may be self-isolating alone and are missing out on their usual interactions with friends and family.
Ways to support seniors
There are many things you can do to provide support to seniors from helping them pick up necessary supplies and groceries, to calling and checking in. Even a 10-minute phone call can help to provide emotional support and fight loneliness.
Practical strategies for dealing with anxiety and stress
At Northern Health, we’ve created a short document, called Emotional Support for Seniors, that includes practical strategies for dealing with anxiety and stress related to COVID-19. The document includes advice on keeping routines, eating healthy, and important financial relief information from both the provincial and federal governments.
There is also space where you can make note of updated grocery shopping hours for seniors and an area where you can record important phone numbers so your elderly loved one can still stay in contact with friends and family, as well as continue with medical appointments.