13 March “Coronavirus: Information for people affected by dementia” (Alzheimer’s Society)
Keep in touch. If you can’t visit the person, then stay in contact by phone, post, email or Skype. Tell the person that you’re thinking of them and encourage others to do so as well.
16 March “Coronavirus elderly advice: How can I look after my older relatives?” (BBC)
“We are keen to encourage people to see this as an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends that we have fallen out of contact with and check in with them.”
12 March “Coronavirus is making older people even lonelier” (QZ)
As a National Academies of Sciences report on the health consequences of social isolation and loneliness in older adults emphasizes: the health effects of loneliness are underappreciated.
During this extraordinary situation, we’re all isolated, especially elderly people and already at-risk patients. When visits by children, grandchildren, friends and family are to be avoided or even prohibited due to the high risk of infection, it is more important than ever to find ways to maintain social contact. Emergency watches with a call feature are one tool to help.
Learn more about Smartwatcher® emergency call watches here.