The global coronavirus pandemic has put senior wellness and health at the forefront of conversations in family homes, hospitals, and even grocery stores. Because older adults are especially vulnerable to serious complications from COVID-19, the extra attention to keeping them as safe as possible has been a wise decision. However, many family members and medical professionals are also seeing the side effects of social isolation for older adults: depression, anxiety, and general loneliness are on the rise.
The COVID-19 crisis has upended much of what we all take for granted in life. The gatherings we look forward to, leisurely restaurant meals, and days spent shopping are now on the back burner as the entire world works to understand, fight, and eventually triumph over this virus.
News of outbreaks in nursing homes are especially alarming, given that seniors are more likely to have comorbidities that increase their risk of serious coronavirus complications.