SHORELINE, Wash. — Staying at home and away from family and friends can be lonely for seniors, for all of us, for that matter.
A Shoreline senior center has created one way to keep its members moving and thinking while at home.
With activities canceled and seniors being advised to stay at home, Shoreline Lake Forest Park Senior Center has had to adjust.
”We are seeing that isolation in itself, it creates so much loneliness but it also creates anxiety and adds to it,” said director Theresa LaCroix.
For the past two weeks, staff have called their 600 members to see how they're doing, on top of sending out weekly wellness tips.
”It gives them something for a day or two to think about to work on and then they can go back to their worries,” said LaCroix.
The wellness tips are a healthy distraction, providing jokes, quizzes, exercises, and daily challenges.
”We’re going back to the roots, we’re giving you tools to entertain yourself at home and regain that comfort,” said LaCroix.
LaCroiz said the wellness tips will continue until seniors are able to get back to their normal activities.
"Until our seniors are back in the building doing their exercise, going to lunch, singing songs, painting, learning a language until they’re back in house, we are with them all the way,” said LaCroix.
The wellness tips are posted and emailed out twice a week. Head over to the Shoreline Lake Forest Park Facebook page for more information.