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COVID-19 - Its Impact on Mental and Emotional Health

How can you make a senior smile today? Our team is making a difference by bringing joy and emotional support to clients. We have been creating and finding innovative ways to bring sunshine during these trying times. We are committed to making each day meaningful and enhancing the quality of life of seniors all over Lincoln.

“We’re hearing stories of people declining and dying literally from loneliness and feelings of abandonment,” said Lori Smetanka, executive director at the nonprofit National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care.

Roughly 100,000 people died from Alzheimer’s and dementia from February through May, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates. Although not all the extra deaths were directly caused by the coronavirus, that fatality rate is 18% higher than average for those disorders in recent years.

Emotional distress and upheaval can sometimes be brought on by stressful life eventsCovid-19 being one of these.

5 Expressions of Emotional Distress

  1. Anger: Irritated- Angry- Furious

  2. Sadness: Dissastisified- Sad- Hopeless

  3. Isolation: Missing – Lonely/Confined- Abandoned/Trapped

  4. Fear: Anxious – Scared- Terrified

  5. De-valued: Disengaged- Bored- Useless

Companionship and connection can help free someone from sadness, despair, and isolation caused by depression. When we continue to help our seniors find pleasure in living, we can play a part in them returning to a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life. By allowing seniors to embrace their everyday life we know that

Ideas from our care team:

  • Relax: Sit quietly in calm surroundings with soft lights and pleasant scents aromatherapy such as lavender, citrus, vanilla, cinnamon, peppermint, fresh cut grass

  • Read aloud: spiritual readings, poetry, inspirational readings, or one chapter of a book you like

  • Laugh and smile: watch classic comedians, Candid Camera, America’s Funniest Home

  • Videos: look at kid or animal photos, read simple/short jokes

  • Move and Stretch: front to back, side to side, and across

  • Remember the good times: record oral memories, reminisce with scrapbooks, photo journals, keepsake items

  • Play a brain game: crosswords, jigsaws, jeopardy, jumbled

  • Sing: play songs from a favorite decade and look up with YouTube karaoke so you can sing along!

  • Garden: work with plants

  • Spend time outdoors: Rock on the porch, take a walk, or sit in the sun

  • Journal: take the opportunity to “tell it like it is”

  • Pet therapy: Cuddle and pet your fur baby

A Care Partner experience is a friend visiting that provides inspiring activities so that mom or dad doesn’t feel lonely, a residence that is clean and organized, care management that checks up on mom or dad immediately when they aren't feeling well, a team and oversight that provides confidence that mom and dad are