by Lorraine B. - La France | Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Canada
Goal: Reduce social isolation and promote intergenerational communication through the use of technology.
“A first lesson...I can see my son in Ohio”!
“Starting a session, I speak to my daughter every week, she lives in Winnipeg”.
“My son and I always shared moments of laughter when he lived here, now we are rekindling that practice”.
“This is a test, so that I can share every Sunday brunch with my 4 brothers using Skype. They live in various parts of the world...Japan, Thailand, Florida”.
Residing in long term care can present challenges in terms of communicating with loved ones and friends on a regular basis. In this day and age families and loved ones are mobile and may live far away. As we age, health declines and renders us more "housebound", spouses pass away and the peer network diminishes. All of these elements can contribute to an increase in social isolation. Research shows that social isolation has a negative impact on physical, psychological and emotional health.