Just because we’re social distancing doesn’t mean we need to practice emotional distancing, too. In fact, it’s more important than ever for those who need to quarantine as much as possible to still feel the love. Research proves that even in normal times (and now is far from normal), one in four people feel lonely on a regular basis. And loneliness may be as detrimental for your health as smoking or obesity, scientists have found. To stay connected during stay-at-home orders, many residential facilities for seniors and individuals with mental disabilities have launched pen pal programs. The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living have launched the #CareNotCOVID movement, where you can record a video message to send support to someone in an assisted living residence or nursing home. Post your video on social media and tag it #CareNotCOVID. You can also reach out to any of our senior resident centers for their mailing address and if there is a particular person to strike up a snail mail relationship!