Effects of isolation on our elderly relatives and how we can help!
Human beings are social creatures, our connection to others allows us to survive and thrive. Yet, many of our elderly loved ones are more alone than ever, leaving them vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness - Physiologically, the loneliness and long-term social distancing can decrease someone’s ability to fight infection and inflammation. The stress and anxiety which loneliness causes can lead to a change in white blood cells as well as creating more issues such as cognitive decline and heart disease.
Fortunately there are ways to counteract these negative effects.
Journaling as an antidote to loneliness
It may not seem possible to-be able to write your way to better health. But Jeremey Nobel, a doctor, public health practitioner and poet, knows what the scientific data has to say about this: when people write about what’s in their hearts and minds, they feel better and get healthier. And it isn’t just that they’re getting their troubles off their chests.
Journaling provides a rewarding means of expressing and exploring feelings. It allows us to make sense of ourselves and the world we are experiencing, particularly important whilst being unable to take visits from children, grandchildren and family.
The elderly may feel like they are missing out on their loved ones life milestones such as babies, pregnancy and their grandchildren growing up. Writing can create a deeper understanding of how we think and feel - that self-knowledge provides you with a stronger connection to yourself. It’s that connection that allows you to move past negative emotions such as loneliness and instead access positive ones like optimism.
Research shows that after reviewing more than 100 Studies being done in the Healing of the Arts, it concluded that creative expression improves health by lowering depression and stress while boosting healthy emotions. So why not send your love one a journal during these lonely times and encourage them to start writing creatively, for the mind and for the body.
We’ve put together our Top 3 Journals for little ones to gift their Grand Parents during the pandemic.
Dear Grandma Journal
Our Dear Grandma Journal is designed to make it easy for every Grandma to capture her life-story, each journal includes 60 thoughtful questions to inspire Grandma to enjoy telling her story by describing the past, the present and thinking about the future.
With space for accompanying photos and memorabilia alongside her handwritten memories these classic, yet contemporary books make truly timeless keepsakes. We’ve found this timeless journal to be given as a beautiful gift from grand children or grand children to be, to be returned to our little ones much later in life. This way, Grandma can write knowing that when she is gone, the people she loved the most have a precious gift to treasure for a lifetime.
Dear Grandad Journal
Designed to make it easy for every Grand Father to capture his life-story and aspirations, each journal includes 60 thoughtful questions to inspire grandad to enjoy telling his story by describing the past, the present and thinking about the future.
With space for accompanying photos and memorabilia alongside his handwritten memories these classic, yet contemporary books make the truly timeless keepsakes. We’ve found this timeless journal to be given as a beautiful gift from Grand Children and Grand Children to be, to be returned to them much later in life. This way, Grandad can write knowing that when he is gone, the people he loved the most have a precious gift to treasure for a lifetime.
Messages for You Journal
Our Messages for You Journal would make a perfect gift for the elderly during isolation as it allows them to create special messages and letters to their loved ones during these uncertain times. Grandparents are able to use the Journal to send children, grand-children, friends and family personal notes to treasure for a lifetime, capturing a piece of history for their loved ones to treasure forever.