The COVID-19 global pandemic has drastically altered life for all of us, including vulnerable populations. Older adults, including those with underlying health conditions, are likely spending more time at home in recent weeks. Though staying at home can feel cozy and comfortable initially, it often doesn’t take too long for even the biggest homebody to feel stir-crazy.
In just a few weeks life has changed for many people due to efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. The constant updates, warnings and changes to routines is more than enough to cause anyone to feel anxious.
Anxiety can be even more likely among people over age 60 and among those who have chronic conditions that put them at high risk for developing severe and dangerous complications as a result of COVID-19.
Experts call it “the second disaster.” Following any disaster or crisis, scams soon follow, many of them targeting seniors. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 crisis is no different.
Since the beginning of the year, COVID-19 scams have bilked consumers of nearly $6 million, according to the Federal Trade Commission — and that's just what has been reported to the agency. The average median loss to these scams for each consumer is about $600. The FTC has received more than 8,400 coronavirus-related complaints from consumers relating to scammers who are calling, texting, tweeting, emailing, you name it, using the coronavirus to catch seniors off guard.
You’ve heard the saying “you are what you eat,” and research has proved that it is true. Your food greatly contributes to your physical wellness, and choosing good foods can make your body healthier. The right menu every day can decrease your chances of obesity, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Furthermore, the right foods can strengthen your body’s defenses against invading germs and viruses.
When your loved one receives a diagnosis of dementia, you can feel a mix of emotions ranging from anxiety to relief. An important part of your new role as an advocate and caregiver is understanding the disease so that you and your loved one can plan for their current and future needs. Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia certainly come with challenges, and flexibility along with advanced planning will go a long way toward keeping your loved one safe and healthy.
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you may be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, you should take steps to take care of yourself AND help prevent the virus from spreading to people in your home and community.
With the news reports of outbreaks in a few nursing homes around the U.S., some local health officials have suggested that families consider moving their senior loved ones home from assisted living and memory care communities during the COVID-19 crisis. You may be wondering: what’s your best plan of action? Do you need to bring your loved one home?
The global coronavirus pandemic has pushed most of us into our homes, making connecting with others a bit more difficult than it was just a few months ago. For older adults who are living at home, this time can feel especially isolating. Fortunately, technology offers plenty of ways to combat loneliness. You just have to know where to look and what to download.
Dangers of Isolation and Loneliness
Right now, the safest thing for all of us to do is to practice social distancing. Some states are also encouraging residents to shelter in place, leaving their homes only for exercise and essential travel. However, even though it is the safest thing to do, isolation can get lonely awfully fast.
Older adults are especially vulnerable to the dangers of social isolation, even before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived. Research from the National Institute on Aging has demonstrated that socially isolated seniors are at a higher risk for conditions like anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
The good news? Though you may be at home alone or with a partner, you don’t have to be socially isolated. You can continue to connect with your friends and loved ones via phone calls, text messages, video chats, and online games. Here are a few of our favorite online games you can use to play with friends, family, and strangers that will keep your mind sharp.