- 2021 Posts

  1. Putting Your Right Shoe Forward
  2. Caregiver Specialists: Your Personal Guide Along Care Journey Path
  3. Executive Director: Gala Postponed until Spring 2022
  4. Executive Director: Face Coverings Required Starting August 2
  5. How to Get Started Refreshing Your Home
  6. Why it's Important to Have a Will
  7. COVID-19 Vaccine Information
  8. "Senior Scams" featured in Caregiving magazine
  9. Executive Director: What you can expect at NSSC starting Jun 14
  10. The Shop at the Center: The North Shore's Best Kept Secret
  11. Bridge Phase Update: A Message from the Executive Director
  12. Do’s and Don’ts as You Re-Enter Stores
  13. Easing Their Way Back: How NSSC members are slowly returning to pre-pandemic normalcy
  14. Medicare and COVID-19
  15. Easing Your Way Back to Normal
  16. Ways Caregivers Can Strengthen Connections & Reduce Loneliness
  17. A Change in Seasons Can Bring a Change in Moods
  18. New Act Provides Relief for Pandemic Weary Individuals
  19. Something to Think About
  20. Do I Hear an Echo? Smart Home Devices Can Make Life Safer and Easier
  21. "Senior Financial Abuse" as featured in Caregiving Magazine
  22. Annual Report - FY20
  23. 2021 New Year Message from Executive Director
  24. "The U-Shaped Happiness Curve"
  25. "Everyone Has a Story to Tell. Are You Ready to Share Your Life Story?"

+ 2020 Posts

Ways Caregivers Can Strengthen Connections & Reduce Loneliness

March 31, 2021

by Caregiver Specialist Heather Resnick

One of the most consistent concerns I hear in my conversations with family caregivers is isolation. When providing care for a loved one, especially one who needs 24-hour supervision, it is common for friends and family to pull away and for caregivers to feel cut-off from people they once counted on for support. Here are a few options for strengthening connections and reducing loneliness:

  • Get comfortable being by yourself—Thinking of time alone as “solitude” rather than “loneliness” can help you live each moment to the fullest. As Vivek Murthy says in his book “Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World”: “Solitude allows us to get comfortable being with ourselves, which makes it easier to be ourselves in interactions with others. That authenticity helps build strong connections. Nature, meditation, prayer, art, music, and time spent outdoors can all be sources of solitary comfort and joy.”
  • Consider a caregiver support group—Talking with other people in your situation helps you realize you’re not alone, provides a safe place to share feelings and offer and receive support, and expand your social network. Click here for information on caregiver groups at NSSC.
  • Reach out to existing friends and family—In a perfect world, your family and friends would recognize that you need them and inundate you with offers of help and invitations. Unfortunately, it may be up to you to make the first move and let people know you would like to connect.
  • Cultivate new relationships—Volunteering at a local school or community center, joining a club or book discussion, chatting up the neighbors, or taking a class are some ways to expand your social network.
  • Take advantage of available resources—Many organizations have friendly visiting programs, volunteers who make check-in calls, home-delivered meal service and even pet therapy programs.

For information about caregiver services available through NSSC, contact Caregiver Specialist Heather Resnick or visit our website