We are living in an age where keeping in touch with people is easier than ever. It’s no longer like times of old when you’d have to send a note by post and wait for days for a reply. You can make contact with your loved ones at the touch of a button. You can make a phone call, organise a video call, send a text message, or engage with numerous direct messaging apps and instant messaging apps that are ready and available to download. But for some reason, many of us are becoming increasingly isolated and feelings of loneliness are on the rise. So, what can you do to combat this? Well, here are a few different groups of people that you might want to look out for, alongside a few pieces of advice on how to make sure that they’re feeling loved and supported at all times!
Elderly Loved Ones
If you have elderly loved ones in your life, you need to take extra measures to keep in touch with them. While there are OAPs out there who are adept with technology, many are not used to mobile devices and constant updates to software – they may find smartphones, tablets, laptops, and computers difficult to use. So, make sure to either show them how to use these devices or to make use of older means of getting in touch that they are more used to and familiar with – try calling their landline rather than sending a text message. You should also make more effort to pop in and see these loved ones on a face to face basis. Many elderly individuals worry about burdening their loved ones and will not let on to day to day difficulties that they are facing. Visiting can help you to determine whether they are living a good quality of life or not. If you find that they are struggling, you may want to organise help that can alleviate pressure on them – see FreedomCare for more information on this subject.
Long Distance Relatives and Friends
It’s difficult to check in on loved ones who live a long way away. But make sure to make the effort to figure out time differences and arrange periods of time when you can both answer one another’s calls and messages. Make sure to keep in touch during these hours – it will help to maintain more consistent communication between you. This will help to make your bonds stronger and long lasting, despite the physical distance between you! You could also arrange occasional visits – they might be annual, biannual, or even less frequent, but knowing that you will see each other again in person at some point can prove extremely comforting and can provide you with something to look forward to.
These are just a couple of groups of people who you may find it a little more difficult to look out for on a day to day basis. But hopefully, the above advice will help you to maintain communication and positive relations with them!