It is no secret that Christmas time can be difficult for some. Those who are not able to be with their family for the Holiday often are led to a state of isolation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one-fourth of adults aged 65 and older experience social isolation. With the added threat of illness during the cold and flu season, gatherings are never a guarantee.
Thankfully, technology can provide opportunities that you may not have in person. Social media is a useful tool for keeping people in touch with loved ones. It also is full of groups where you can meet new friends with common interests.
Try a virtual meeting room through Facetime, Zoom, Skype, or some other virtual hub. You can have game nights, happy hour, and enjoy each other’s presence through the screen.
While phone calls are easy, it is easy to connect through video chat. This allows you to see the other person, watch their expressions, and feel their emotions, which are all great ways to help you feel less lonely.
Receive support in real-time using your telephone or computer, without the need to meet in person. Teletherapy Health Center’s Senior Life Solutions teletherapy services are private, efficient, flexible, and keep you safe in your home. If you would like more information, education, or would like to discuss support please call 319-385-6552 or visit www.hchc.org.