In our fast paced lives, filled with competing demands and disruptive technologies like Facebook and Instagram, we appear to be more connected to other people than ever before, or are we?
How many of our followers, those that like our posts, retweets our words, actually truly know us as individuals? How often do we really take the time to check in on each other?
While text messaging is a quick and easy way to ‘wave’ and say ‘hi’ and Skype has assisted to cross the great divide of distance, how often when we are able, do we take the time to ‘check in’ with each other, face-to-face?
Perhaps we all need to do a little better to connect with others, especially if those others, are not logged on and linked up. For many elderly people, social media and technology is confusing and creates a barrier not a bridge to connection.
There is nothing like a real conversation, a face-to-face interaction, where you can reach across space and give that someone a hug and ask, ‘Are you okay?’
The R U OK? campaign (14 September), driven by Chief Executive Officer, Brendan Maher, focuses on the importance of connectedness and support. Many aged people especially those over 65 can experience depression and anxiety, through isolation.
Take the time to get to know your elderly neighbour, exchange phone numbers, share a cup of tea and ask them, R U OK?
Find out how to ask someone, R U OK? here: https://www.ruok.org.au/how-to-ask
If you are affected by depression or anxiety and need to talk, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyondblue on 1300 224 636.
Feeling like someone cares can make all the difference.