Human connection is extremely important for each and every one of us, it is fundamental to our lives. Connecting with others has been proven time and again to translate into better social, emotional, mental, and physical health outcomes. In a time of social distancing due to the Coronavirus pandemic though, it’s important to get creative with how we communicate to maintain a sense of connection with others, even when we cannot interact physically.
For seniors, staying connected is one of the most vital things that can be done to look after yourself in the current situation. As well as practicing social distancing to reduce the risk of contracting Covid-19, doctors are starting to advise that we need to counterbalance such precautions with the risk of becoming socially isolated. For seniors in particular, studies have shown that social isolation can lead to poorer health, well-being, and quality of life. Therefore, we all need to step up our virtual communications game to stay safe and well across all aspects of our health while we play our part to flatten the Coronavirus curve.
We’ve put together a list of the best ways you can stay in touch with your loved ones virtually.
- Get face to face! There are plenty of free video platforms that allow you to continue engaging in face to face conversations. FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype, and Facebook Messenger are all great options you can simply download onto your phone or computer, then just start calling.
- Spend some time on the good old fashioned telephone. Giving people a call is a tried and true way of staying in touch. Try using a free calling service such as WhatsApp for family and friends that are far away to avoid any overseas charges.
- Engage in frequent email and instant messaging. An easy way to stay in touch quickly and frequently.
- Stay up to date via social media. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are fantastic ways to stay informed on the latest with your loved ones, as well as what’s happening in the world.
- Send some snail mail! It’s nice to put pen to paper and always fun to get a letter in the mail. Writing and sending a letter is also a great way to stay busy and reduce screentime.
Social distancing does not have to mean social isolation. There are plenty of ways to creatively stay in touch with the ones that you love during Covid-19. Stay connected, stay informed, stay healthy.
Here at Audicus you can stay in touch with us via phone, email, or messaging. We are proud to provide you complete hearing healthcare from the comfort of your own home. Call our team now at (844) 383-2702 to learn more or click here.