With lock down restrictions being eased, and life beginning to return to some kind of normality, people now understand the impact loneliness has on mental well being and the importance of communication with others.
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Niki Buskell has written for the Daily Mail community site Local People. She writes for other websites with a natural interest in technology, conservation and well being.
Scammers are even exploiting the very means we use to communicate with each other online. Zoom is a popular chat room software, as is Skype and Microsoft Teams. Hackers can also hack into these platforms that have been set up without passwords.
Theoretically it should be easier to isolate someone in a retirement community, whilst allowing the residents to maintain their quality of life.
“We have noticed that the care industry is very supportive of the virtual concept which is currently being used in 433 facilities across the world,”
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“We’ve come together as a community to support neighbours, shopping for anyone who can’t get out and being in constant contact. People are isolated, lonely and worried so good eggs reaching out, being friendly helps.”
Marie is 79 and has been widowed for 18 months and lives alone. She was recently given a smartphone and with support from staff she is now using it to join Zoom calls, virtual coffee mornings and to video call her grandchildren.
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The aim of these social distancing measures is to “flatten the curve” of the infection, shown in the green trace in figure 1 below, slowing the spread and avoiding a huge peak in the number of new infections.