Protecting Your Health through Difficult Situations
The saying ‘Health is Wealth’ has never been truer. With the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe, the health and well-being of the elderly is a precious commodity. As with other viruses and health concerns, it’s important to always take precautions to protect the most vulnerable which include the older population and those with weakened immune systems
Finding Helpful Information
For a complete list of the latest information and precautions, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. All governmental guidelines will be addressed along with cases and data. The COVID-19, commonly known as Corona Virus, is a new disease and scientists are busy working on solutions for a cure
Staying Connected at a Distance
There are ways to cope with the overwhelming stress that stems from fear and anxiety with any health pandemic. Aside from the social distancing recommendations and hand washing precautions, it’s important to remember that any stress can potentially weaken the immune system. Take a break from the constant news streaming and turn off the television. This is a chance for anyone, especially older Americans, to do something that makes them happy.
If the stress is too overpowering, please do not hesitate to tell a caregiver, friend or family member and seek immediate assistance. It’s also important to note if an older adult is experiencing any health concerns, to seek help.
Maintain Social Interactions
While many businesses have cut down hours or temporarily closed, the need for human connection is still a powerful necessity. Pick up the phone or find a way to electronically connect with someone. If you know of a friend or family member, take the initiative and connect over the phone or via social media. Keeping in touch with others can be a great benefit to one’s immunity.
Enjoy the Peaceful Solitude
As mentioned before, turning off the news does wonderful benefits for one’s mind and soul. It’s important to stay up to date on what’s happening around the world but the 24/7 news stream is too much for anyone. Pick up a book, go for a walk or work the mind with a challenging puzzle. Whatever hobby or interest makes you happy, go do it.
Body, Mind, & Soul
Finally, taking care of the mind, body and soul means nourishing yourself with nutritional meals, plenty of sleep and at least a half hour of activity. For anyone who knows of an elder who may need assistance, schedule a grocery delivery or call them with encouragement. If someone needs a medication refill, offer to go pick it up as long as you are in good health standing.
As news develops on the COVID-19, remember to check the CDC website for updates. Check out our other Hands and Hearts Blog Posts for other helpful tips for Seniors!