Resources for How Church Families Can Support Seniors
by Eleanor Wyatt
Church families are fantastic for keeping the community well-cared for and can be particularly helpful for keeping seniors from feeling isolated. The pandemic was particularly hard on seniors who had to be careful about contracting the virus; seniors are already more prone to feeling isolated, so the pandemic likely contributed to even more adverse mental health conditions such as depression for lonely seniors.
The following valuable resources can help church community members perform health check-ins with seniors as we come out of the pandemic.
Q1. How can I safely connect with seniors from my church experiencing isolation?
A1. Ask your church for advice on ways to connect; they may have some programs already in place. You can also call your senior friends regularly and even ask them to video chat.
● How Seniors Can Stay Connected to Loved Ones
● 6 Creative Strategies for Loving Your Senior Adults
● The Simplest Video Chat Apps for People Who Struggle With Tech
● Recite Bible Passages and Reflect on Their Meaning
Q2. What are some mental health care options for seniors and how can I help them with their mental well-being?
A2. Help them navigate their healthcare options for mental health and provide resources where needed.
● Warning Signs of Depression in a Family Member
● 10 Facts About Mental Health and Aging
● Facilitate Home’s Deep Clean by Finding Furniture Cleaning Services on Angi
● 10 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home
● Educate About Renting or Selling Their House to Pay for Healthcare or Moving
Q3. How can I do a health check-in with seniors from my church?
A3. First, reach out and ask if your senior friend or loved one is in good health, and then offer ways for them to reach out if they need help.
● Checking on the Elderly: When to be Concerned
● Check-In Services That Can Help Seniors Stay Put
● 10 Ways to Transport a Senior to the Doctor or Other Appointments
● Set Them Up With Virtual Exercise Classes
The church family is a great resource for seniors who are lonely, and as a community member, you can help seniors feel more connected by using some of these tips and resources for supporting them as we ease out of the pandemic.
About the Author
Eleanor Wyatt is a workplace wellness expert and writer. She created Remote Work Wellness to provide advice to the growing remote workforce. She thinks it’s essential that people who work remotely be proactive about their health, and that’s what her site is all about