Staying connected while staying home
June 3, 2020
The COVID-19 outbreak requires us to change our daily habits, stay indoors unless absolutely necessary and — if we have to go outside — maintain significant physical distance from other people. These restrictions may exacerbate an already growing problem for older adults: social isolation.
Social isolation can (but does not have to) lead to loneliness, and studies have shown that both isolation and loneliness can put older adults at higher risk for heart disease, dementia, mental health issues and stroke.
But limiting physical interaction does not have to mean stopping social intera...