How to stay connected during self-isolation

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Social distancing is an important measure for fighting the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, but it poses some challenges for seniors such as feeling connected during these unprecedented times.

Thanks to modern-day technology, it is easier now than ever before to stay in touch with your family and friends. Reach out to your loved ones, you may be physically isolated but you are not alone.

Phone calls

With many people using text messaging nowadays, a phone call may seem like a thing of the past. But sometimes nothing can cheer you up like hearing your loved one’s voice. If you are feeling lonely, pick up the phone and call a friend or family member to catch up. Don’t forget to check in with the senior in your life. They may be feeling extra lonely and isolated because of the pandemic. Now is the perfect time to give them a “ring” to see how they are doing.

Video chats

Video chats are an effective way to reach out if a phone call won't do. There are many apps available that will allow you to video chat either on your phone, tablet or computer. Try scheduling a group video chat with your family members or friends to catch up and stay connected. Google Hangouts and Facebook Messenger allow you to video chat with groups for free. Zoom is not just for virtual business meetings, you can also use it to stay in touch with your social networks.

Online board games

Board games are a great way to exercise your brain power by utilizing strategy, memory and hand-eye coordination. Don’t let self-isolation stop you from enjoying your favourite games such as Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, UNO, Scrabble and Risk. You can take your competitive skills to the virtual world by playing board games online against your friends or other online opponents.


Shared experiences help us as humans feel connected to others. There are now online apps available that allow you to sync YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and other streaming services so you can watch the same movies or television shows in real time with your family and friends.

Book club

Who says you have to meet in person to discuss your favourite books? Start a book club with other avid readers in your social circle. Pick a book that you can all read and designate a time when you can have a virtual chat to discuss the book. If you really want to amp up the book club experience, have a beverage while you discuss your book.

Group texting

Group texting is now easier than ever before. Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger or the group text on your phone are among the many options available that will allow you to keep in touch with your family and friends.

Sending an email

Emails have all but replaced handwritten letters. Sometimes a simple email can cheer a person up. Send an email to your family or friend to let them know that you are thinking about them. You will feel uplifted when you get a response back.

There are many uncertain moments during these very troubling and uncertain times. It may feel like you are isolated and alone but you are not. With the country at a virtual standstill because of COVID-19, now is the perfect time to let the ones you love know that you care.