Getting together again

by | 8 March 2021 | Retford, Support Group, Worksop

The roll out of the COVID-19 vaccinations seems to be going well and is encouraging us to think of the time, not too far distant we hope, when we can get together again. Much as we look forward to resuming our normal lives and meeting friends and family, for some of us this may not be easy. We’ve all heard the news about how lockdown and school closures have affected children’s mental health and their social development, but no section of society escapes unscathed.
This is particularly true for the older generation, many of whom live alone, have limited mobility and may no longer drive, if they ever did. Their ability to get out and socialise is limited at the best of times but after months of isolation, loneliness and loss of confidence, it’s going to be even more difficult for them to socialise when restrictions are lifted. People in this situation tend to become apathetic and stop looking after themselves or keeping in contact with others. If this is true for you, please pick up the phone and ring a friend for a chat. Most of us would welcome that contact and it will be easier to pick up your social life again if you keep connected now. Similarly, if you know someone on their own, do try to give them a ring and ask how they are. It can be a life saver, literally.
If you care for someone with dementia or you yourself have a diagnosis, you may find help through the Wednesday (Memory) Group or the Carers’ Group. For more information about either group contact Jan on 01777 709974.