幸運的是，個人和家庭可以通過多種方式幫助促進老年人的社會參與和聯繫。示例包括幫助個人與家人和朋友保持聯繫，例如通過專訪、郊遊、電話和視頻通話。加入老年中心或項目也可能是有益的，因為它可以定期接觸工作人員和其他老年成員，以及參與各種活動。此外，聯繫可能提供志願者機會的當地社區組織也有助於促進社會參與和聯繫。 了解可用於在生活的社會方面提供額外幫助的資源和服務也很重要。其中包括家庭護理和輔助生活服務、臨時護理提供者以及專門為老年人提供護理和支持的日間計劃。 總之，充分的社會參與和聯繫在老年時期至關重要，並且可以顯著改善他們的生活質量。通過確保我們所愛的人獲得維持日常生活社交方面所需的幫助和資源，我們可以幫助他們過上更健康、更充實的生活
Demand for Help and Resources Increases amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
The global COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented levels of economic and social disruption, demanding more resources to support struggling communities, businesses and individuals.
Governments around the world have taken steps to respond to the crisis, providing aid packages for workers and other vulnerable groups, as well as making financial support available for businesses. Nonetheless, the overwhelming scale of requests for assistance has seen many of these initiatives rapidly overwhelmed.
Civil society, donors and philanthropists have also stepped in to help, filling the widening gap between demands for assistance and the limits of official government aid. This has seen increased efforts from individuals and volunteer organisations, as well as the establishment of new funds dedicated to helping those in need.
Nevertheless, the needs remain immense, and the supply of assistance remains inadequate. Organisations, communities and activists are working tirelessly to channel resources to those who need it most, while also advocating for better and more targeted assistance mechanisms.
In particular, we must recognise that national aid packages are often unable to respond to localised issues such as food insecurity, mental health support and access to basic services. In these cases, it is up to local communities, organisations and individuals to step in to fill the gap.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it painfully clear that the provision of help and resources for those in need is far from perfect. It is up to us to continue working to ensure that all communities, businesses and individuals who require assistance are provided with the help and resources they need.