August 10, 2020 by jas
Hugging through a computer or your phone is not the same as a sensitive real-life connection, but it helps!
We caregivers sense the void, we even feel empty…it is evident that we need smiles and hugs—in this time of COVID-19 we hunger for socialization opportunities!
With so many caregivers, and their loved ones with memory loss respectfully and purposely ‘socially distancing’ to avoid the potential of being in contact with the COVID-19 virus, we need to take advantage of opportunities for becoming connected. Zoom, Facetime or other online apps provide solutions for those in a ‘high risk’ age group or who have ‘compromised immune systems.’ Because of the virus we are limited more than we would be in normal times. We must be creative!
Many organizations offer opportunities that support their members, clients, patients, caregivers and loved ones with online events where they can listen or watch, or be fully engaged as they listen, watch and participate.
Organization events are happening that we don’t always know about, but if we go to various local organization websites, we can search for a list of upcoming events that are open to the public. Or we might be able to become a member or subscriber and participate in those events closed to the public. Each site and organization will be different.
Don’t wait for someone to come to you — contact the organization and get involved, even in COVID-19 times…through zoom, through phone or through applicable teleconferencing.
ACCLAIM HEALTH “Strong social connections are one of the top factors in healthy aging.” Acclaim Health includes the following social supports:
- Friendly visiting
- Memory Visiting
- Wellness Support
- Art in the House
- Social Events.
The ALZHEIMER SOCIETY has offices across Canada. Make contact to determine what social-support events might be timely or appropriate for your needs. They will refer you to the most convenient office near you. Or search online under Alzheimer Society of your area.
- Alzheimer Society – Toronto – Upcoming Events List
- Alzheimer Society – Alberta and Northwest Territories – News & events
- Alzheimer Society – British Columbia – News & events
- Alzheimer Society – Manitoba – Upcoming Events
- Alzheimer Society – New Brunswick – News & events
- Alzheimer Society – Newfoundland Labrador – New & events
Toll-free: (877) 776-0608
- Alzheimer Society – Nova Scotia – News & events
Toll-free: (within NS) 1-800-611-6345
- Alzheimer Society – Ontario – News & events
Toll-free: 1-800-879-4226 (valid only in Canada)
- Alzheimer Society – Prince Edward Island – News & events
- Alzheimer Society – Federation of Quebec – News & events
- Alzheimer Society – Saskatchewan – News & Events
Toll-free: 1-800-263-3367 (valid in Saskatchewan only)
For caregivers outside of Canada, look online for the Alzheimer’s organization near your area and phone or email to see what events might be helpful for your social-support needs.
Caregiver Social-Support (c) 2020 Judith Allen Shome