NORWALK, CT — Nearly one-third of older adults experience loneliness or social isolation, and that was before the coronavirus outbreak. If there has been any benefit that the elderly have derived from COVID-19, it’s that the pandemic has focused increased attention on the importance of keeping senior members of the community engaged.
St. Louis University sociologists Marla Berg-Weger and J. E. Morley, writing in “The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging”, said that,”With sheltering-in-place and stay-at-home orders, many older adults lost usual ways to connect with support networks and health and social service providers and are spending increased time alone. Many of the traditional strategies for engaging older adults have become obsolete in the new normal.”
Family & Children’s Agency, based in Norwalk, serves more than 13,000 people in Fairfield County. A good number of them are seniors, for whom FCA provides emergency alert systems, caregiver support, personal care attendants,