The requirements of new health practices, including social distancing, raise unique problems with oral history, not to mention the crucial element of connection. I've seen several mental health features speaking of how this time can negatively affect how we connect with others, and I wonder what everyone's experience has been with oral history. Where I am, we have entered a phase where more and more contact is permitted, while maintaining social distancing. However, when approaching potential participants, I find myself awkwardly typing, deleting, and typing again an invitation to interview, especially with senior populations. My first instinct is to suggest Zoom (and its ilk), however, I'm not sure how familiar elderly participants might be. To be fair, though, I'm often surprised how adept many are, especially as many in the community I work in use such platforms to talk with family abroad. Of course, remote meeting software cannot replace in-person communication; and yet, I find it somewhat unethical to suggest this, especially to a senior who might be taking extra care for their health, and rightly so.
What are everyone's thoughts or experiences on this?