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Reaching out and having a meaningful connection with children and grandchildren has never been more challenging since the novel Coronavirus spread across the globe.

Although some are continuing to travel and live their life as normal as possible, most must stay grounded either because of a lack of travel options or simply because they don’t want to put themselves at risk.

For seniors living far away from their extended family, they are feeling even more isolated with many needing to sequester in their home so they don’t get infected with the virus that is known to be exceptionally brutal to the elderly population.

But not all hope is lost. With some creativity, seniors can still bond with family in a myriad of ways that go beyond your standard Zoom call. Here are some ideas:

Review a beloved book or film via your favorite online platform

When a brief chat catching up one’s week is over, many online conversations tend to lose steam. Keep the momentum going by scheduling a call where the whole family can watch a movie or discuss a book together via an online platform. Zoom gives one the ability to share a viewer’s screen, so all parties can watch and comment on the same film together in real-time. Additionally, Netflix provides an easy way to host a communal viewing with Netflix Parties available for free via Google Chrome. There, viewers can comment and chat throughout the film in an easy to use chat window.

Or is there a book you love or have been dying to read? If so, encourage your family to buy or download the same book and schedule a weekly digital-friendly book club. Having something concrete to discuss on a consistent basis can help with keeping the connection to the family going in a fun and dynamic way.

Host a cooking class

Is there a favorite recipe that reigns supreme in your family? A creation of grandma’s that’s a winner at all family gatherings? If so, now may be the best time to divulge those secrets through a family cooking class. By setting up your laptop to broadcast from your kitchen, grandma (or grandpa) can walk their children and grandchildren through how to make these beloved concoctions.


In this era where digital media is king, sometimes it could be fun to strip all that away and return to basics. Buy a simple journal and fill the first few pages with pictures, journal your thoughts and then send the book to another member of the family to do the same. The cycle then

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