As we respond to the Coronavirus pandemic, we must make certain that our senior citizens get the particular care that this new challenge demands. Let's keep in mind that many seniors become isolated and therefore may not know about the virus or how to respond, especially if family members are not nearby to assist them. If they do know about it, they may isolate themselves even further out of fear of becoming infected.
This is where technology can make a big difference. In fact, a Michigan State University study published in the Journal of Gerontology showed that using the internet can reduce the chances of depression by as much as one-third.
Here are several ways technology can help the seniors in your life maintain their health during the Coronavirus scare:
- Zoom, Facetime, Skype or another video software: A free account can be set up on many video calling apps.
- Amazon Echo Show or Google Hub: Good for video calls, audiobooks, podcasts, watching the news and utilizing security devices.
- Facebook: Consider forming a Facebook group that reflects the interests of the senior so those with similar interests can share thoughts, ideas, videos and photos.
- Ring, Comcast or other home security systems: See who's knocking at your door!
- Email: Send photos, links and updated news articles.
Of course, don't forget the telephone. For some seniors, that may be the preferable way to help them learn the technology mentioned above. Plus, if you can't be there in person, that time on the phone may provide the simplest, most comforting way of communicating with the senior.
If you have questions or concerns about the senior citizens in your life, please don't hesitate to contact us at Paladin Life Care.