A year of virtual operations and isolation has required senior living communities to get creative with ways to engage their residents.
A study by the Center for Disease Control showed that an estimated 20% of seniors aged 55 or older experience some form of mental health concern. The most common mental health issues include severe cognitive impairment, anxiety, and mood disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder.
Wellness has been reimagined during this time of quarantine and isolation. As many are adjusting their daily rituals, they are searching for different practices to weave into their lives. Seniors, who are particularly impacted by social isolation, are finding new ways of engaging with technology and wellness. Matthew Russell, MD, of Massachusetts General notes, “Many seniors have learned to adopt evolving technology, which they may not have prior to COVID-19.”