Virtual programs help elderly combat pandemic-fueled loneliness

Elise Langan was starting to feel lonely during lockdown, so she started taking virtual line-dancing classes. “It makes me feel like I’m able to do something that I did in my everyday life,” says Langan, a 65-year-old CUNY professor who lives on her own. She used to enjoy going to the gym, playing tennis and going to the theater before…

The epidemic seniors in America were facing already

(CNN)Amid the coronavirus isolation under which most of America is living, thousands of tips continue to be exchanged in the media and online on how to deal with children at home. Humorous memes of children tied and gagged as mom worked on her computer have popped up. Virtual learning has proliferated, and parents have been inundated with dozens of options,…

Just What Older People Didn’t Need: More Isolation

The coronavirus pandemic could sharpen the health risks of loneliness. But there are ways to connect. How to help older people maintain their social connections when they’re supposed to be socially, or at least physically, distanced? Individuals and organizations around the country are proposing and trying a variety of tactics.

Social isolation can be especially painful for seniors. Here are 3 ways to help.

The new coronavirus epidemic has spurred an unprecedented level of social distancing guidelines and shelter-in-place orders that have prompted many community-based organizations to close and skilled nursing facilities and senior living organizations to ban visitors. The result? Millions of seniors across the country alone in their homes—and at an increased risk of social isolation and loneliness. App-based services like Element3…