Isolation getting harder for older adults, could have health impact

Isolation getting harder for older adults, could have health impact
Isolation getting harder for older adults, could have health impact

HOUSTON – Social distancing has been tough for a lot of people, especially our elderly friends and family. This long period of isolation is causing more than just mental stress for some. How do you know if someone you love is suffering from depression? What can you do to help them? We are here to help.

Connecting with neighbors

From brightly colored chalk drawings to a heartfelt song from the driveway, the Darville family from Kingwood use creative ways to reach out to their homebound neighbors.

“I think a lot of the elderly are really lonely right now, so just to bring them a little joy is just, that’s what we want,” said Whitney Darville.

The family has formed a special bond with neighbors Don and Ronnie Sheera. Interacting with them really brightens their days during this time.

“They do bring a lot to me and my husband and we look forward to it when we see them,” said neighbor Ronnie Sheera, “with them they bring their youth and their energy and they get me going again.”

While Ronnie and Don have the Darville family to connect with, many seniors are suffering during these prolonged social distancing measures.

“In the last six to eight weeks, have been really, really tough,” said Dr. Carmel Dyer, UT Health. “I’ve had patients break down on phone calls. I’ve had people who have tackled previous addictions - people are saying, ‘I just can’t stand it.’"


About the Authors: