According to a Pew Research study published in March 2020, 27% of adults ages 60 and older live alone. Most people appreciate being independent, and not having to rely on the assistance of others, so if, sadly, their spouse has died, they will continue to live in their own home – but now alone. These days, however, living alone is a bit more difficult than usual, since there isn’t really any visiting or shopping being done – anyone who lives alone is basically alone all the time. If you’re living on your own, or even if you just wish you’d be able to see people more, and have ways to fill your time, read on for some ideas.
Schedule a Zoom Meeting With Friends
As long as all your friends have smartphones, they’ll be able to join the fun! If you find it difficult to schedule a Zoom meeting, ask any tech savvy person you’re close to (a grandchild may be a good idea) to do it for you. All you’ll need to do is email the link and sign in info to your friends, and then you can see each other’s faces again! On the meeting, you can play remote bingo, another game, or simply use the time to catch up and chat together. Make sure you can see your friends as clearly as possible by investing in computer glasses if you need.
Exercise Your Muscles
True, you’re probably not getting as much exercise as you usually do, but you can still get some exercise in your home – use a pedal exerciser, an exercise ball, try our other options of physical therapy supplies to get a mini workout in your own home.
Exercise Your Brain
When you have spare time, you can use some of it to fuel your brain. The brain is a muscle like any other, and if it isn’t exercised, it can lose its strength. You can do a crossword puzzle, read a book, or play bananagrams. If you need, AvaCare Medical has a full selection of reading glasses and magnifiers.
Now that you’re spending so much time home alone, you want your home to be as comfortable and well-adapted as possible. Some products you may find useful in this situation are reaching aids for when you need something high up, and an emergency alerting device so you’ll have an easy way to get help in case of emergency. Stay safe, and stay healthy!