Social Isolation and Older Adults during Coronavirus

From Family Eldercare and A Place for Mom

Social Isolation for older adults has been an ongoing health issue before the recent coronavirus pandemic. The Center for Disease Control and local governments are recommending that older adults stay at home to protect themselves against the coronavirus. Increased social isolation will mean more seniors can have feelings of loneliness and depression.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 11 million, or 28% of people aged 65 and older, lived alone at the time of the census. As people get older, their likelihood of living alone increases. AARP reports that more and more older adults do not have children. That means that there are fewer family members to provide company and care as those adults become seniors.

What Family Eldercare is doing: To combat social isolation, Family Eldercare offers a phone-based program that can be enjoyed from the comfort of home: Lifetime Connections Without Walls (LCWW). Lifetime Connections Without Walls is a telephone activities program that provides opportunities for older adults to connect with others in their community and across the country. They offer social and educational sessions, support groups, and friendly conversation, all from the comfort of home.

In addition to social and educational sessions, they will be adding special programming on COVID-19 for seniors. LCWW is open to persons ages 55+.

For more information about the Lifetime Connections Without Walls or Family Eldercare you can contact Family Eldercare at (512) 450-0844 or visit https://www.familyeldercare.org/programs/lifetime-connections-without-walls/.

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