March 21, 2020 | IFA Staff
Social distancing should not lead to social isolation.
We have been urged by our national leaders to practice social distancing, which is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19. We have also been encouraged to protect all Americans who are 65 years of age or older, by not visiting nursing homes and assisted living.
Nothing takes the place of hearing a human voice. Think of the people you know who are now isolated, and it’s not just seniors, but also people who live alone. Texts and Facebook messages are not as connecting as an actual phone call, Skype, or FaceTime.
We are asking you to call at least one other person this weekend—to connect and to care, and to offer comfort.
And when you call, don’t rush. I read recently about a woman whose mother was elderly. This woman promised herself that she would never be the one to end a phone call with her mother, knowing that her mother was nearing the end of her life. I have tried to follow this advice when I call my mother, who is 95 years old.
Let us know how it goes! Leave a comment. And share this post with others. Imagine what would happen if we all call one person. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
(Judy McDonough is IFA Communications Director.)