Tips for Social-Distancing Seniors to Stay Healthy

Tips for Social-Distancing Seniors to Stay Healthy
Published Wednesday, April 1, 2020
by Feature Staff

In the current climate with the dangers of COVID-19 becoming quite real, people are advised to practice social distancing in order to stop the disease's spread. Social distancing involves keeping a distance of six feet or more from other people. This is particularly important for seniors who are at the highest risk of experiencing severe illness due to the virus. If you are an older adult, it may be wisest for you to stay in and immediately around your home. With such a spatial restriction, though, what can you do to maintain your mental and physical wellness? These tips for social-distancing seniors to stay healthy will help you answer that question.

Stay Connected Electronically

Although you cannot visit family or have them come over to your home during this time, you can still remain connected through technology. You may regularly call them over the phone each day to diminish the sense of isolation that may arise. Lots of modern technology also enables you to video chat with others, allowing you to talk to them and see their faces through the camera on your computer or smartphone. Learn how to use applications such as FaceTime on the iPhone, Skype, and Facebook video chat to do this; you'll gain an invaluable tool in maintaining a positive state of mind.

Exercise in or Near the Home

Understandably, gyms and recreation centers that you might normally visit are closed. Nevertheless, you can find ways to stay active and exercise in or near your home. There are video workout programs you can follow on websites like YouTube or via streaming platforms like Netflix. These are made to be performed indoors at your house and will guide you on all the proper movements to do. Getting some fresh air near your home can also be rejuvenating. The health benefits of walking outside are abundant. You can strengthen your muscles and heart, as well as hone your cognitive processes. Just be sure to keep that important distance of six feet or more if you see other people.

Seek Productive Entertainment

You can use the time you have at home to do productive activities to keep yourself entertained and find peace amidst the turbulent times. Think about hobbies that you enjoy or would like to learn, and set aside time each day to immerse yourself in them. To illustrate, you may want to read more, so you can pick up a book. If you're interested in a certain subject, research it through the internet or try signing up for a class online. Express yourself and get creative by making music, painting and drawing, or writing. Practical activities like tidying your house and cooking something new are also wholesome ideas.

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