With the current COVID-19 pandemic going on, communication with our senior relatives and friends has become both more challenging and more important. Since seniors are considered an at-risk population, social distancing is very important.

Social distancing comes with a price. And that price is isolation. To help our senior friends and relatives avoid feeling isolated, we need to stay in close touch.

Here are a variety of ways to connect with your loved ones.

Low-Tech Ideas

For low-tech ideas, there’s the land line. Yes, the old-fashioned telephone. Call your mom or your grandpa. A lot.

Write letters. Letter writing seems to be a lost art, but everyone loves a handwritten note. Canada Post is working fine.

Some clever individuals have visited seniors with big signs they made on poster board. Use your imagination.


There are lots of high-tech solutions, but your loved one needs access to a computer, a smartphone, or a tablet and the wherewithal to use them.

Video Conferencing

There’s no shortage of methods to talk with a live video feed. You can do it with FaceTime, Zoom, and Skype, for starters. Then there’s VOXER, which is like a walkie-talkie. You can record video messages or audio messages for them.


It’s easy to talk to people on Facebook, and most geographical areas have Facebook groups devoted to them. You can start your own private family group. And it’s all free.

Instant Messaging

Instant messaging is easy and instant. You can do that through Facebook Messaging or iMessage or at least 100 other ways.

Now is a good time to explore all these different ways to communicate with your loved ones. Maybe you’ll come up with new ideas not listed here.

The Hamlets at Deer Park is an independent-living senior village in Red Deer, Alberta. With a warm and caring atmosphere based on tenets of Christianity, generous amenities, and a calendar full of activities, The Hamlets at Deer Park is the go-to independent-living community of central Alberta.

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