Staying connected while practicing social and physical distancing

Social and physical distancing is critical in mitigating the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Social distancing practices, as defined by the Public Health Agency of Canada, are ‘approaches taken to minimize close contact with others in the community.’ Physical distancing, as defined by Toronto Public Health, means limiting the number of people you come into close contact with. By minimizing contact with others, it is possible to reduce the spread of the virus.

The good news is, while we put these measures into practice within our communities and increase our physical distance, we can remain emotionally close and stay connected using technology. Research studies suggest that social networking sites such as Facebook are a good mechanism to help reduce feelings of social isolation, especially in older adults and improve quality of life.

Caregivers can use technology to stay connected to their loved ones by using video chats, email, or through phone calls. Frequent communications can ensure that caregivers are informed about their current situation and needs and provide helpful reminders to take medication as prescribed.

We’ve compiled some of our helpful, evidence-based resources to help you and your loved ones stay connected while practicing social distancing.

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DISCLAIMER: Many of our Blog Posts were written before the COVID-19 pandemic and thus do not necessarily reflect the latest public health recommendations. While the content of these blogs identify activities that support optimal aging, it is important to defer to the most current public health recommendations such as social distancing and frequent hand washing. Some of the activities suggested within these blogs may need to be modified or avoided altogether to comply with current social distancing recommendations. To view the latest updates from the Public Health Agency of Canada, please visit their website

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