The isolation can be hard for older adults since it can get really lonely and this might be a great way to strengthen bonds.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced many families to stay apart to ensure the safety of every member. For instance, older adults in nursing homes can't have visitors anymore as they fall into the high-risk category. People across the planet have been asked to stay home for the next two weeks to prevent COVID-19 from spreading further. While people bunker down to stay home, many of them are choosing to do it with someone they know and like to spend time with than alone.
While they self-isolate, three elderly women in the UK have decided to do it together. Friends for 40 years, Doreen Burns, Carol Spark and Dotty Robinson, from the north of England are going to spend at least one of the two weeks in each other's company. The women with sunny personalities spoke to BBC Breakfast about their plan to cope through the coming times.
The UK government has asked those over the age of 70 to stay home to avoid getting infected with the coronavirus among other measures. So, these three friends who have seen each other through divorces and loss are choosing to do this together. They are all in their 70s and have been friends for decades.
Doreen told BBC Breakfast: "We'll have a week in our own homes in self-isolation and if we're still fit and well then we would decide which house to go and live in." They still haven't decided whose house they will bunker down in after the first week is up though. The three musketeers told presenter Jayne McGubbin that all of them had homes with the same number of rooms but all of them had something unique to offer.
While Dotty and Carol have decent back gardens where they could spend some time outdoors, Doreen has Netflix and a front room. She sounded enthusiastic about spending her time binge-watching the Netflix show The Crown with her friends. She added that that makes her the winner and all of them should stay at hers. The three women also joked about buying their supply of wine before shutting themselves off from the rest of the world.
They added that after a friendship that has lasted so long it would only feel right if they were there for each other during this phase. "Our children have inter-married and we're godparents, aren't we, for the other children," Dotty explained, according to CBS News. "We've seen each other through divorces and losses. We go on holiday together... we look after each other."
"We feel sorry for those who are going to be out of work. The cafes are closing, the theatres - we should have been at the theatre on Friday. What's going to happen to these people?" she added.
The BBC presenter offered them a virtual hug, which might be the safest way to hug someone at the moment. People have been asked to maintain social distancing from others to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus.
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