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The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside-down. Lockdowns and social distancing measures across the nation have been aimed at protecting our most vulnerable, including residents of senior living communities, which have been hit particularly hard by the novel coronavirus.

Physical distancing can be a challenge for those living in memory care communities in Texas and their loved ones; and may even put a strain on relationships. Although things may look a little different these days, there are still plenty of ways to help your loved one stay social while staying healthy during this time. Here are a few tips to help memory care residents make the most out of this time of physical distancing but staying connected socially.

  • Phone calls from a friend or family member. This time of physical distancing may feel very lonely for residents of memory care and assisted living communities. Setting aside time each week for phone calls and FaceTime with loved ones and friends can help.
  • Encourage physical activity. Encourage your loved one to set aside time each day for physical activity. Whether that’s participating in a scheduled activity with other residents or simply going for a walk around the community. (Keep in mind that any exercise should first be cleared by your loved one’s doctor.)
  • Trying a new hobby or revisiting an old one. There are plenty of safe activities for your loved one to participate in, from playing games and doing puzzles to crafting, scrapbooking, knitting or gardening. Encourage your loved one to try something new or spend some time on their existing hobbies.

This time of social distancing is a challenge for everyone, especially senior citizens who are residents of a live-in community. It might take some creativity, but there is still plenty to do to help your loved one thrive during this time, even if face-to-face visits aren’t possible for the time being.