Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Reaching Out to Older Adults in Times of Isolation

As we practice safe physical distancing, this is also the time we can stay connected and help one another—especially those in need of support.

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Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian
46th Assembly District

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Reaching Out to Older Adults in Times of Isolation

While the coronavirus is having a significant impact on all areas of our lives, older adults and those with underlying conditions are among those most impacted. Directives to shelter-in-place bring danger of extreme isolation, loneliness and neglect for older adults and vulnerable populations who may be without access to food, services and medical care. This certainly is not the intention of this important public health precaution, and we know that social connections are crucial to maintain and develop during this time. We all play a critical role in ensuring our neighbors are cared for, which means reaching out, lending a hand, and staying in touch.  Here are some thoughts on what you can do to help your neighbors and loved ones:

1.   Identify five people in your community: Find five people you can regularly contact with to ensure they are doing ok and getting what they need. This could mean a daily call or a video chat- just to see how they are doing. Or, you can drop by food on a neighbor’s porch, offer to drive to an appointment or pick up something they need at the store. And, if there is a problem, you can connect your friend or loved one with the help they need.

2.   Physical distancing, not social distancing: While we have heard much about the importance of “social” distancing, what really matters is “physical” distancing and avoiding physical contact, per public health measures. This does not mean we need to cease connecting as community members, friends and family. These connections are critical not only for our mental health but also for our physical health. This is particularly true for older adults who live alone and may not have these networks established. So, please, find ways to reach out and connect – especially with those who may not have anyone else to call on. 

3.   Create technology networks: Invite your friends or family for a daily video chat using an on-line platform. If your friend or loved one does not have a computer, there are usually phone numbers that are included with a web link. This can be a fun time to share stories, laugh and brighten up the day. 

4.   If in doubt, call for help: If you haven’t heard from a loved one and you are concerned about their welfare, call for help. The Coronavirus Resource Guide for Seniors and Vulnerable Populations provides some places to go for more information.