Social distancing has been crucial to slowing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staying safe at home has become increasingly important for the health of our older citizens. But many people are concerned about the ways this isolation may impact the well-being of their older parents, grandparents, neighbors, and loved ones. Social distancing does not have to mean social isolation. Here are five creative ways to stay connected with the older adults in your life.


1. Make time for a virtual visit

If you aren’t already video chatting with the older adults in your life, there is no time like the present. It doesn’t have to take long, and it can do a world of good.


2. Read the same book

If you or the older adult in your life have a book on your wishlist, consider reading it together. It will give you something to think and talk about.


3. Write a letter

There is nothing like communicating the old-fashioned way. Receiving a handwritten letter always brightens up someone’s day.


4. Plan a pandemic picnic, driveby, or car meetup

If it’s possible and safe for the older adult in your life, plan to meet up somewhere, like a social distancing picnic in the park, or a drive-thru meal in neighboring parking spots. If this isn’t possible, just planning a drive-by where you can chat from your car or through a window goes a long way.


5. Send a gift

Whether it's a delivery of their favorite dessert, a bouquet of flowers, a novelty item, or a potted plant, a gift is a great way to send cheer and love.