Supporting your elderly loved ones can be difficult when they live far away. It’s even harder now as they’re being protected by strict COVID-19 restrictions. They feel alone in this lockdown and need your support.

Support the elderly during the COVID-19 pandemic
Your elderly loved ones need support during the pandemic
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They’ve Lost Their Physical Activities

Experts put a lot of emphasis on making sure the elderly keep active. Most of them depend on being outside support services to get this done. With this COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve been cut off from their usual exercise venues like gyms, parks, and walking trails. Even as things open up, some of these places may remain closed.

Since the elderly are considered an at-risk group, it’s possible the lockdown will last longer for them. You can support them by guiding them to other ways to exercise while at home. While they can access exercise programs on the television or online, you can make things extra special by designing activities around their home.

They Don’t Get to be Social Anymore

Just like everyone else, the elderly need their friends’ support. By keeping social, their mental and physical health stays sharp. They’ll be less prone to issues like anxiety and depression. As this pandemic continues, seniors are having serious problems coping with the distance. Some of them describe feeling sad and hopeless.

These feelings will only worsen because they can’t see an end to the isolation. That’s where your support comes in. Make sure to call elderly loved ones regularly. If they’re tech-savvy, setting up group calls where they can see some family would be great.

They’re Worried about Everyone

One thing about this pandemic is that it’s affecting everyone. Your elderly loved one is not only worried about themselves but also about their friends and family. Apart from keeping in touch, make sure to support them by keeping things positive. Remind them about the good things that are happening. People are recovering. There’s still hope.

If possible, help elderly loved ones to connect with an even wider network of people. Most importantly, if you feel they’re at serious risk for depression and anxiety, encourage them to contact the professionals. You can even ensure continuous support by setting things up for them.