Updated: Sep 21, 2021
New research suggests that social isolation is more detrimental to the health of seniors than smoking, obesity, or lack of exercise. But what can be done? More and more Americans are living alone in retirement communities—a trend that will only grow as the number of retirees increases. To help combat this trend, family members should take time for engaging activities with their elderly relatives on a regular basis. This includes getting together for board games or watching movies every week while also setting up monthly phone calls to catch each other up on new events. If you're not close enough to visit on a weekly basis, there are still plenty of ways to stay connected electronically by sending postcards via snail mail or emailing photos from your latest vacation so they don't feel so alone, especially during high peeks of Covid.