Supporting those who need it most, when they need it most, is incredibly important. Here are the celebrities who have been doing their bit during lockdown.
Supporting and empowering our elderly loved ones to live their best lives means going above and beyond. And it doesn’t just stop with family members seeking a better lifestyle for their parents and grandparents, it means supporting elderly individuals to be more independent and connected with the wider community.
This has become even more important throughout COVID-19, and whilst the world has fallen into a global pandemic, with loneliness and isolation being at an all-time high, we have seen some beautiful acts of kindness. Here are our top celebrities who have made a difference to the elderly community throughout lockdown.
1. UK-based Popstar Sends Heartfelt Message to Care Home Residents
Kimberley Walsh, former Girls Aloud member, sent a video to CHD Living, a Surrey-based group of care homes, to motivate the residents to stay positive throughout the lockdown period.
2. Actress, model, and LGBTQ+ advocate Adopts a Grandparent
Ruby Rose partnered up with Adopt a Grandparent to provide companionship to an elderly individual at a Surrey-based care home. Ruby ‘matched’ with a lovely lady named Iris, who she Skypes with each week, and even kindly sends flowers and small gifts to.
Helping to combat loneliness amongst elderly, adopt a grandparent now has almost 80,000 volunteers signed up across the world and Ruby is an honourable patron of the soon-to-be charity.
3. Social Media Influencer Hosts a Fitness Class via Zoom for Seniors
As part of #GladtoCare week, fitness influencer Alice Liveing hosted a fun fitness session for care home residents. Held virtually over Zoom and offered to over 180 care homes across the UK who had registered to take part in #GladtoCare Awareness Week, the session saw nearly 2,000 residents between the ages of 70 and 109 taking part.
Alice, who as well as being a qualified personal trainer, is a best-selling author and Women’s Health columnist, shared her expertise with participants, talking them through a variety of gentle seated exercises and stretches, as well as strength, balance and breathing exercises.
Staying active throughout lockdown has been a struggle for many, however this is the daily reality for a lot of care home residents. Long may Zoom-based fitness sessions continue!
4. Multi-award Winning Mezzo Soprano Hosts a Live Sing-along for Care Home Residents
Soprano singer, Katherine Jenkins OBE, teamed up with telecoms giant, Vodafone to put on a one-off, live singalong for care home residents, their families and staff. The event was hosted virtually by TV presenter Angellica Bell via a live broadcast streamed directly from Katherine’s home, and was broadcast into care homes across the UK for them to join in and chat to Katherine, sharing anecdotes and insights.
The broadcast is available for anyone to watch on Facebook Live on Vodafone UK’s Facebook page and was designed to boost morale and connect people through music and technology. Singing is proven to help promote a sense of community, improve wellbeing and increase positive moods, so events like this can make a real difference to those feeling isolated or alone.
Seeing kind and caring individuals make a difference to the more worldly-wise in our communities has been incredibly empowering, and something we whole-heartedly believe in at Sentai. If you’d like to make a difference, why not visit our Back Us page and help us support our seniors.