Loneliness and Aging: An Epidemic
- Six feet social hour: Set a date, and plan to meet six feet away on your older loved one’s lawn, sidewalk or driveway. You can each bring a special drink, like lemonade, to sip while you chat. You can even bring a speaker, and play some of their favorite songs from YouTube, Spotify, Pandora or another streaming platform.
- Book club: Choose a book you’d both like to read or an audiobook you’d enjoy. Set aside some time to discuss your favorite parts over the phone, through video chat, via text or even by way of handwritten letters.
- Gift garden: Surprise your older loved one with a garden full of blooming flowers, a few potted plants or a little herb garden that they can bring indoors. Giving them something small to care for may lift their spirits.