Elderly and Isolated – What Can You Do?

By Sarah Lockyer


For those over the age of 70 in particular, as well as other groups identified as ‘high risk’ (pregnant women and those with underlying serious medical conditions), the current measures the UK government has set forth of ‘social distancing’ means, unfortunately, there is more time in isolation for such groups.

Whilst it may be daunting to fathom, a period of uncertainty coupled with unprecedented measures, and the reality of having to be isolated for some considerable time, there are still many things that you can do, and indeed should, to preserve both your physical and mental health.

Telephone Friendships

There are many organisation that offer ‘friendship’ services, to provide telephone conversation with those who may be lonely, and otherwise more vulnerable. In current times, these services will prove invaluable in assisting the elderly to maintain some form of contact with others, albeit via telephone conversation.

You can contact Age UK to connect with their ‘Call in Time’ service, providing a free telephone friendship service for those aged 60 and over. To sign up and find out further details please visit Age UK’s website.

You can also contact The Silver Line, which operates telephone friendship for those 55 and over. For further information please call 0800 470 8090.

What Can I Do Whilst at Home?

  • Try and get some fresh air in your garden, but try not to go out anywhere where there are lots of people. Even if it is simply opening a window, it is still better than nothing!
  • Connect with people via social media and the internet, and still stay in touch with friends and family
  • Do not continuously watch the news and panic. Be aware of what is happening through trusted sources, but do not dwell on it all day.
  • Get involved in home projects such as crafts and knitting to keep you busy
  • Do gentle exercise within your home such as stretches, walks, yoga, chair based exercises, etc. to keep your body moving
  • Get stuck in with cooking and baking
  • Read a new book or catch up on some TV

Most importantly, do not panic and become distressed, anxious or overwhelmed by the situation. There are many organisations that are able to assist, including Nockolds if you require any legal guidance.