Prevent a senior from feeling winter isolation with a simple phone callJanuary 4, 2018
Even if you don’t have something important to say, pick up the phone to make someone’s day.
“How’s the weather up there?”
It’s cold outside. Really cold. And everybody’s talking about it.
You might even be sick and tired of talking about it.
Call a senior and make their day
Minnesota winters can be tough, and it’s a time of year that can be especially isolating for seniors.
Aside from just the physical discomfort of being cold, transportation limitations and poor road conditions make leaving the house difficult.
With all these barriers keeping people huddled up inside, getting a simple phone call from a friend or loved one can make the difference between being alone and being lonely.
Don’t want to use the weather as a conversation starter? Here are some other suggestions.
Books, TV or radio interests
Read any good books lately? What are you watching on TV these days?
Did you hear they found dinosaur bones downtown yesterday?
I noticed the seed catalogs are already out, are you planning the summer garden yet?
Or you could always go with the classic story time approach. People love to share stories of years gone by. And, talking about the “good ole days” may just bring a smile to their face. Try something like this:
Does this cold remind you of winters as a kid? What did you and your friends/siblings used to do when it got this cold?
Pick up the phone
So, pick a conversation starter and call your grandmother, grandfather or any loved one who might be susceptible to social isolation. It will be good for both of you.
Getting a simple phone call from a friend or loved one can make the difference between being alone and being lonely.