Looking after the physical health of yourself and your loved one is paramount during these difficult times. Equally important is being aware of the impact on emotional health for yourself and for people living with dementia.
Social isolation among our elders is an issue that is drastically increasing as the nation goes into further lockdown and more government regulations are placed on aged care facilities.
As a community we are being asked to socially distance ourselves but it is critical now, more than ever, we keep socially and emotionally connected and engaged.
That’s why we are asking everyone to get behind this campaign and show your support by connecting with our most vulnerable community members – our elders and the 41,630 Western Australians living with all types of dementia.
How can I support the cause?
Don’t forget to call
- Pick up the phone
- Skype or FaceTime a loved one
- Share a screenshot of your call and #DontForgetToCall and tag @AlzheimersWA
- Tag your family, friends, and colleagues and remind them to pick up the phone too!
- #DontForgetToCall #StayHomeStaySafe #StayConnected
Now, more than ever, we must stay connected.
If you need a hand with FaceTime and Skype, check out these short videos.
How to FaceTime
How to Skype
Alternatively visit the following pages:
- Use FaceTime with your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
- How do I get started with Skype?
- COVID-19 Phone and internet tips
Be a good neighbour
If you have a neighbour who is self isolating or may be in the high-risk category for COVID-19, drop a ‘Be a good neighbour’ card in their letterbox.
Show your ability to support them during this difficult time with essential supports such as picking up shopping, posting mail or simply organising a time to have a chat.
#NeighbourlyKindness #BeAGoodNeighbour #StayConnected
Become a pen pal
A thoughtful and meaningful gesture doesn’t need to be complicated. Becoming pen pals with someone in your community is easier than you might think. Write a letter and post it to someone at your local residential care home, a relative or a neighbour. A simple picture, message or thought could lift someone’s spirits more than you realise. Start by introducing yourself and then ask simple questions like:
- What’s your favourite childhood memory?
- What is your favourite film?
- Do you sing in the shower?
- What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
- Do you need help with anything at the moment?
Make sure you leave your return address on the envelope or in the letter so your pen pal knows how to stay in touch.
#PenPals #StayHomeStaySafe #StayConnected #BeAGoodNeighbour