Is there an older adult in your life? Staying connected despite social distancing can be a real challenge.
5 Tips for staying connected
Become pen pals – send a note, photo, or drawing in the mail. People love to receive “snail mail” in these days of digitally focused communication – especially older adults who were often voracious letter writers in their younger days.
Arrange a video call – whether you use FaceTime, Zoom or another tool, consider using video technology so you can see each other.
Maintain traditions – family traditions can often be modified, while still giving us the sense of staying connected (such as Sunday dinners – eaten separately). Think about creating a family or friends photo album or family tree, which can bring back fond memories and enhance connectedness to our roots.
Involve others – Group video chats are easy to set up, and seeing each other’s faces and sharing stories is a great way to stay connected.
Play together online – Popular board games, card games, and trivia can now be played online.
When it is hard to communicate
Communicating with a loved one living with dementia can be particularly challenging at times like these. If you are struggling to have a good conversation with a loved one who may be experiencing dementia, try these tips.
|Instead of this...||Try this instead|
|What did you have for lunch today?||How was lunch today?|
|What did you do today?||How's it going?|
|Do you know what time it is?||The day is really going by, isn't it?|
|Was today rough for you?||How was today, same old?|
|Do you know who I am?||Hi! I'm really glad to hear your voice.|
|You just told me that.||That's interesting.|
|I just explained that.||Let me tell you a different way.|
|I already know that.||Thanks for telling me that.|