Keeping safe while staying connected this festive season

Keeping safe while staying connected this festive season

The festive season can be a lonely time for many older people. Many services shut down over this time, which can result in more time spent at home alone. Here are some ways to help older people keep connected:

1.  Bring people together if you are able, but follow advice

Festive events are a great way to reconnect with friends and family after a tough year. The Tasmanian coronavirus website has information to help everyone stay COVID-safe, along with links to the latest news updates. Before bringing people together, consider:

Keeping up to date with the latest advice will help the older people in your life to stay as safe as possible while getting all the benefits of connecting with friends and family.

2. Use technology to have face time from afar

If someone can’t travel to be with their family or friends or if they aren’t well enough to attend a gathering, technology is a great way to stay in touch. For information on how to get set up, see the Be Connected website.

3. Put a pen to paper

For those who are feeling exhausted at the thought of looking at a phone or computer screen, it could be a great time to put pen to paper. Writing a letter or card is a thoughtful way to stay connected. It’s also a simple way to start building a relationship with those you might not know that well, such as an older neighbour.

4. Encourage older people to link in with community events

There are a number of free Christmas lunches held around the state. These are a great option for people who want to make new friends or connect with others at this time of year.

  • Launceston City Community Christmas: register here.
  • Colony47 Christmas Lunch (operating on a pick-up basis in Hobart due to coronavirus restrictions): register here.
  • Salvation Army (a number of events around the state): search here