How to Combat Social Isolation with Cognitive Activities

It may feel bleak to enter 2021 still with social distancing rules and regulations occurring. Many people have been feeling the effects of social isolation as they try and stay safe following local guidelines. To help stimulate your client’s brain, here are some creative ways to help your client not feel so isolated with remote cognitive activities.

1. Telehealth Sessions

Remotely meeting with your patients can help bring a little bit of joy to their days. Social interactions, even if they are via a screen, still help to stimulate your patient’s brain and combat the feeling of being alone. Check out this article about how to keep patients engaged.

2. Send them via Email or Mail Printable Cognitive Worksheets

Cognitive stimulation doesn’t haven’t to be in person. Printable worksheets, like the ones found on our site, help to engage patients without using digital technology. Everyone loves to get mail that isn’t junk mail. Sometimes just randomly sending an email or a physical piece of paper can help your patient have some instant joy at receiving something new.

3. Start an Online Support Group

Support groups are easy ways to have multiple people struggling with similar things understand that they are not alone. Aphasia patients have seen many benefits of interacting with these types of groups. Helping your patient to understand that they are not alone can help them combat the isolation they may have been feeling since the start of the pandemic.

Social isolation is tough on everyone. It can be hard to see if the end is near. By developing and offering additional support or groups you can help your patient’s day be changed. Diversity is an important element of creating a balanced life and with the current lack of diversity, it can become bleak. Help your patient stay positive and interacting by just being there for them. 

Dustin Luchmee

Dustin was HappyNeuron's Product Specialist. With research experience in stroke, Dustin learned how a stroke can change someone's life. He also learned how different kinds of therapists can work together to help a person get better. He is passionate about neuro-rehabilitation and finding the active ingredients for effective therapy.

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