How Devices Can Provide Emotional Support and Engagement to Isolated Seniors

97-year-old lady with a laptop
97-year-old lady with a laptop
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated social isolation and loneliness among older adults, healthcare providers and payers are developing ways to address this growing challenge.

Editor’s note: This is the third article in a series published on McKnight’s Home Care about how loneliness and isolation are affecting seniors at home. It stems from writer Diane Eastabrook’s participation in the 2021 Age Boom Academy, a free training fellowship of the Columbia Journalism School and the Mailman School of Public Health.

Marie Reine-Corbeau and her gray and white cat, Grisette, are inseparable. Living alone in a small upstate New York apartment near the Canadian border, the 98-year-old widow makes sure her furry friend is always at her side.

“When I’m cooking, I put her on a chair near me, so she knows that she’s loved and that she’s not left alone in the living room,” Reine-Corbeau told McKnight’s Home Care Daily Pulse.

Click here to continue reading this article, and to read other articles in this series, at McKnight’s Home Care.