This pandemic has led to an abrupt increase in older people, some of whom would normally have active social lives, feeling isolated. For seniors who are less active, the pandemic has cut them off from their friends and family, putting them at greater risk of elder abuse.
Read this blog post from the National Center on Elder Abuse by two sisters who founded Letters Against Isolation, an organization founded to send letters to self-isolating seniors to brighten their days. Over the past four months, the organization and its 3,000 volunteers have written 30,000 letters and cards filled with messages of love and hope. Currently, they write to 6,000 senior citizens in 20 US states and 2 Canadian provinces. They have worked with 55 nursing homes, meals on wheels programs, and senior centers.