Benefits of Virtual Activities 

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Socialization – Isolation can lead to depression. Key to combating isolation is socialization.  Each morning we offer virtual coffee hour, a majority of the daily activities are in a group setting virtually.  These virtual activities provide companionship outside of their caregivers. The benefit for the caregivers is that their loved one no longer relies on them alone for social interaction. These virtual interactions are especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic, when people are feeling more isolated than ever.
Exercise – Physical fitness is key for seniors not only physically but also mentally. Balance helps prevent falling. As we age our bones become more fragile; falling can easily break your bones. Mentally, exercise may relieve some of the symptoms of cognitive impairment such as depression and anxiety for many suffering from Dementia. It may even lower the risk of getting Dementia for people who are already suffering from cognitive issues.

Impact of Covid-19 on the Elderly

  • Shelter in place without interacting with their loved ones or social network

  • Limited Social Activities hosted by the communities – decline in social engagement

  • In the Journal of Gerontology study, due to the Coronavirus pandemic:

    • 68.8% of seniors spend less time with their loved ones

    • 78% increase in use of social media, participation in virtual activities

    • 80.6% felt their social life was negatively affected by Covid-19

Social Isolation

  • Increase in loneliness & depression

  • Higher rate of depression with individuals who are close to their social network

  • Social Isolation and Loneliness has “been calculated as being the equivalent of smoking 15 cigarettes a day.” (AARP)