Coronavirus: Coping Tips & Resources for Seniors and the Elderly

Senior washing hands
Senior washing hands

Coronavirus (COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2) is impacting everyone around the world, and particularly seniors and the elderly, who are thought to be most at risk of catching the virus. The Doctors share important tips and resources for those most vulnerable.

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1. Make sure you or your older loved ones (and those with chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease are prepared with adequate supplies, practicing proper social distancing, and avoiding crowds and travel. The CDC stresses if there is a coronavirus outbreak in your community to stay in your home as much as possible. Get more tips on how to prepare your home and family,

2. Always practice coronavirus prevention, including frequent hand-washing, avoiding high-touch surfaces in public, not touching your face, mouth or nose, and cleaning and disinfecting tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks, and phones regularly. The Doctors share more coronavirus prevention tips, along with cleaning tips to prevent viruses

3. If the current situation is causing financial issues with your utility, phone, internet or car payment, there are programs in place to help strapped consumers. Many companies are providing relief for customers experiencing financial hardships including Comcast, PG&E, AT&T, Verizon Hyundai, FordDuke Energy, and many more companies.

4. Are you or an older loved one having trouble with resources like food? Programs like Meals on Wheels and Feeding America can help.

5. Feeling stressed out and not sure what to do? The Doctors share these tips, tricks and food ideas that may help to alleviate your anxiety and stress. Plus, check out these 5 exercise suggestions for seniors (that can be done while still practicing good social distancing) and also consider downloading a meditation app, both of which have been shown to help people during times of stress or anxiety.

6. Feeling antsy about being stuck at home? Consider going on a virtual museum tour at places like New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum. Also, virtually enjoy national parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite. Get even more great ideas about places to visit virtually from the safety of your home.

7. The toll of social distancing (feeling blue or lonely) might be eased with something new to watch, read or do. Help your older loved ones set up a new streaming platform and help them download new content on their devices. Our friends at CNET have a list of places for free TV, movies, video games, magazines, ebooks, and audiobooks

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*Stay informed on the latest information on the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization and learn about prevention methods and what to do if you are infected.

 

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