Where it’s difficult to meet friends face-to-face, we can still stay in touch by phone or by post. If you have access to the internet there are lots more ways to stay connected too.
Using a calendar can help you remember important things – such as when you plan to contact someone, special shopping hours, or when a delivery is due.
- Make a list of people to phone and plan when to call each one.
- Lots of phones have speed-dial options for numbers you call regularly, so see if someone can help you set this up.
- If you can, use a video call service like Skype to connect with family and friends.
- There are lots of people you can call for support or advice, such as the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Connect support line.
- Write letters or cards to loved ones and ask someone to post them for you.
- If you receive letters or parcels yourself, remember to wash your hands after handling or opening them.
- Emailing friends can be an easy way to stay in touch, and to share photos and videos.
- If you can get online, you could join an online group or discussion forum. There are thousands to choose, from the Alzheimer’s Society Talking Point to groups dedicated to special hobbies and interests.
- With so many people staying home, there are more ways to connect online than ever. Your friends or family might be able to help you talk to them using one of the most popular services such as WhatsApp or Skype.
In your thoughts
- Spending time thinking about important people in your life who are not there with you can make you feel close to them any time you want.
- You could look through photo albums, or make a life story book including photographs and written text.
- Try to think about good times in your life – such as remembering a happy holiday – then make and send a postcard as if you were there.
- Start a diary to express your thoughts and feelings – you could do this by hand or on the computer.
Ways to connect more widely
- You may still be able talk to people through your window, from your front door, or across the garden. As long as they stay more than two metres away, you don’t need to worry.
- You could take the opportunity to make contact with people you haven’t heard from for a while.
- Try making a cheerful display in your front window or front garden.
- Many people are putting a picture of a rainbow in their window as a symbol of hope. You could draw your own, or print or cut one out.