Most grandparents enjoy to spend time with their grandchildren, whether it’s playing a game, going to the park or attending family gatherings. Unfortunately for many seniors, social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic have made those special moments fewer and farther between.

As a result, your aging parents may be feeling a little lonely and down in the dumps right now.  Fortunately, there are several creative ways to keep them connected with their grandchildren without placing anyone’s health at risk. 

Health Problems Linked to Social Isolation 

Millions of seniors live alone or take care of an ill spouse- either of which can put a damper on their social lives. Toss in a game-changer like COVID-19 and you’ve got a recipe for social isolation and loneliness.

Researchers have linked extended periods of social isolation to these health problems in the elderly:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Weakened immune system
  • Obesity
  • Cognitive decline
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Shorter life span

On the other hand, grandchildren can be a life-changing source of comfort and support for grandparents- one that also helps keep their elders active and independent. These are good reasons to look for ways for them to safely spend time with their grandparents.

Keeping the Lines of Communication Open  

Since COVID-19 is more dangerous for those aged 65+ the CDC