These days the internet and mass media are filled with stories about protecting one another, especially our elders, from COVID-19. And many of them also warn about the unintended consequences of keeping our parents or elderly friends safe, particularly the impact of social isolation and feelings of loneliness. Almost without exception, narratives such as this one on STAT refer to the same simple solutions: talk frequently on the phone, try video, and write letters
Elderly people who survive COVID are are "dying from isolation" according to this article from NBC News. It's a pretty depressing story.
Caregivers in a variety of settings can use Meema Stories to create more meaningful connections with their spouse, parent, client, resident or patient. It sounds almost too good to be true, doesn't it? Can it really be that easy? Can anyone do it? How does that actually work in practice?
Caring for older adults, whether they are a spouse, a parent, a client or a resident, has always been hard. But now with Covid and concerns over spread of infection, face-to-face interaction has become a risky proposition and the danger of social isolation and loneliness has become even more serious. The phone is a precious tool in times like these.
But is that enough? Day after day? For years? What's a caregiver to do to change it up?
Early in November of 2019, I started to work on a Meema Story about science. I was looking for engaging stories about physics, earth science, chemistry, biology, ecology: whatever might stimulate reminiscence and conversation related to science experiences for companions in the context of caregiving. I decided to try a story on the life cycle of a frog.