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You Can Make a Difference During the Lonely Days of the COVID Lockdown, Especially Among Lonely Seniors Whether They Be Friends or Family, says AMAC

AARP AMAC Sad lonely covid WASHINGTON, DC, May 22 — If you don’t have the heebie-jeebies by now, you soon will if you don’t take precautions during this new era of self-isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The anxiety most of us feel for the victims of COVID-19 is exacerbated by the loneliness of the enforced seclusion required to keep ourselves safe.

“It takes a lot of self-discipline and spiritual moxie to overcome the sadness, boredom, disquiet and agitation of solitary confinement.  It’s a far cry from those moments when you want some alone time and it can lead to bouts of depression.  Unfortunately, once again seniors are among the most susceptible,” according to Rebecca Weber, CEO of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC].

Weber cites data from the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging (NPHA).  It shows that long before the pandemic overwhelmed the U.S. in October of 2018, 34% of older Americans between the ages of 50 and 80 reported that they felt a lack of companionship.  And, she points out, the authors of that study recently noted that “as social distancing and stay-at-home orders continue in many states in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, feelings of isolation and loneliness may be amplified among older adults.”

Meanwhile, the same poll showed that individuals who engaged in social activities were less likely to feel isolated.

So what can you do about it?

According to the experts, Simply engaging an elderly friend or relative in conversation is a good way to start, says Weber.

  • Social stimulation without face-to-face contact is, indeed, possible and easy enough to do. Think about making a phone call every day or a couple of times a week to a lonely neighbor, friend or family member.  Better yet, make it a video call using your cell phone.  You may have to provide easy to follow instructions and maybe even the device, but it will be well worth it.  It’s a good and effective substitute for a physical visit.
  • And, when you are on one of your calls, you might use the occasion to explain that the lockdown doesn’t preclude getting physical by taking a walk at least once a day, for example. A trip around the block or even in the backyard or the confines of your home provides a healthy dose of fresh air and exercise, even if you have to wear a face mask.
  • If you notice a tinge of negativity in your conversation, deal with it. Reminisce about happy events in the past or talk about food, old friends and old movies– topics that provoke a smile or a laugh.  After all, the purpose of making the contact is to spread cheer.
  • Give that person a purpose by suggesting “chores” such as gathering family recipes, organizing family pictures or encouraging him or her to take up a new hobby such as jig saw puzzles.
  • Finally, you may want to suggest getting involved with a local charity. Lending a helping hand to a local charity such as a food-for-the-needy organization.  Simple tasks such as mailing solicitations for contributions and/or packaged food items can make a shut-in feel not so isolated and can give them a “helper’s high.”  In other words, helping others reinforces our sense of worth.

“It’s all about creating distractions that replace the negative thoughts that come to mind when you’ve got too much idle time on your hands, making you feel useless, all alone and in despair,” according to AMAC chief Weber.

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2 years ago

What’s with this feeling alone, useless and in despair?!? Get out and do something!! Or stay in and do something! Don’t wallow in self pity because you feel “lonely!” I never married, am only semi-close with my family, and have just a few close friends that I’m sometimes in contact with. I’m very independent and NEVER lonely! I always find something to do, or someplace to go, or something to get involved in or NOT get involved in. People need to grow a pair! The article is right: Get a hobby going; volunteer (I volunteer to drive people to their doctor appointments – which means no driving really allowed for awhile until this political covid19 krap is over with); help out a candidate running against progressives, etc. There’s always something to do.

2 years ago

I decided to volunteer for the Trump Victory Campaign and make calls from home. It’s a great way to reach out to others for social contact and help the President get the word out. Give it a try, you will be surprised how easy and uplifting it can be.

2 years ago

What pandemic hit in 2018 other than a bad flu season or that the one you are talking about?

Ivan Berry
2 years ago

It’s really hard for those who cannot stand their own company or that of their fellow captives.

Three Point Paper
2 years ago
Reply to  Ivan Berry

1. The long over due fix to the Michigan “Dictator” Governor, is well on it’s way, to and for the “Relief” of the “Residents” of Michigan!

2. So please hang in there “American Citizens” of Michigan.

3. The madam “Dictator” governor, has many “Federal Criminal Charges” being thrust her way! The “Dictator” governor shall be taken well in hand for the Lawlessness of her “ILL Gotten” actions, against “WE THE PEOPLE”, of the State of Michigan, within Our United States Of America!.

Terrie L Hartley
2 years ago

Our governor will not open our State up but she will only open part of it which is up north where she has a summer home and she is going to throw a party for her daughter up there too. she does not want any of us Michigan people come up there either which i think she needs to be out of office and get a new governor.

Joe S
2 years ago

heil whitmer! that tyrant gotta go!

Mr X
2 years ago

You need to take about fifty people to her “party” and drop-in, she will be suprised.

Three Point Paper
2 years ago

Greetings One and All,

1. The Governor of Michigan shall not be re-elected, Nor shall she be in her cozy little office much longer either! The U.S. Constitutional Rights, as well as the Civil Rights of the many Michigan residents have been fully “Violated” by the Michigan “Dictator” Governor!.

2. Michigan’s “Dictator” Governor has taken the COVID-19 Pandemic to an entirely “UN-Lawful Level”! Michigan’s “Dictator” governor, and her actions to date, are that of an exceptionally “Tyrannous” minded individual; Of whom, shall face many “Federal Criminal” charge(s) in the not too distant future!

3. Our country’s Attorney General Bill Barr has put forth the information, not more than two weeks ago; Which identifies what “Lawfully Mandated” actions shall be taken against those governor(s), who have “Trampled” all over the “Rights of Residents” within the respective (States); As it pertains to the Governor(s) “Tyrannous-Dictator” actions against the very citizenry of the State(s); In which the Governor(s) have taken “Far and Above”, too many “UN-Constitutional” steps, that have been adversely affecting the “American Citizens” within those respective States!

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