As we continue to social distance, isolation and loneliness can affect people’s emotional health, especially older adults. Mayo Clinic Dr. Beth Rush says social interaction and emotional health are intertwined, and during this time when social interaction can’t be something that everyone can do, we have to look for alternatives:

“Consider writing a letter, sending gifts and gift certificates to online retailers to friends and family,” says Dr. Rush. “Even helping them try to use something like FaceTime or Skype, which may or may not work, depending on whether or not they have any cognitive impairment.”

Rush says by helping others, you help yourself.