The coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused a worldwide pandemic. People who are over 65 are at higher risk from severe disease if they contract COVID-19. So, it’s natural for them to feel especially stressed and worried as we cope with this global health emergency.
Being armed with the right information is the first toward helping older adults deal with stress triggered by this health crisis. If there are older adults in your life, here are some expert tips to help them navigate these challenging times.
Here is some basic advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that you can share with older adults:
- The safest thing to do is to stay home. If you must go out for essential errands, stay six feet away from other people. (Six feet equals about two arm lengths.). If you are sick, you must stay home.
- Also avoid close contact with people who are sick. Keep six feet away from them at all times.
- Wash your hands often. Wash for at least 20 seconds (sing the Happy Birthday song twice).
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that you frequently touch.
- Avoid all cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
- If you are sick, or have concerns about COVID-19 and an underlying health condition, call your healthcare professional.