How Seniors Can Cope During COVID
The advent of the COVID19 pandemic has upended our lives and our world in ways we could never have imagined. Fear of illness and being quarantined has proven stressful for many people. For seniors, that stress can be compounded by the fact that they are more susceptible to the virus, which means they have to be especially careful.
If you are feeling unwell, know that your physician is still accessible by phone or by video so that you can get the care you need. Should you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, call 9-1-1 immediately. These include: difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; persistent pain or pressure in the chest; confusion; bluish lips or face. In addition to the physical risks COVID-19 poses to the older population, there are mental and emotional risks as well.
Here are some coping strategies to help ensure your physical safety and peace-of-mind during this difficult time.
— Keep up with your medications: Ask your physician or local pharmacy if ordering your medicines by phone and having them delivered or mailed to you is an option.
— Stock up on groceries: Most major grocery chains allow you to order groceries either by phone or online and have them delivered to your door. If you must go out for groceries, many larger supermarkets offer special early hours just for older adults so you can shop without as much exposure. Don’t forget to wear your facemask!
— Stick to your daily routine: Practice social distancing by limiting your exposure to too many people, wearing a face mask and washing hands often. Make time for activity and fun diversions. If necessary, limit news consumption on COVID-19 to avoid becoming anxious and overwhelmed by it.
— Use your network of support: Rely on friends and family to check in and spend time with you, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Support networks can be found everywhere — including transportation services, benefits assistance, meal delivery programs and mental health services.
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At Stay Safe Rhode Island, we want to remind you that we each have an important role to play to keep ourselves, our families and friends, our neighbors and fellow Rhode Islanders safe during the Covid-19 Pandemic. By educating ourselves, following State, CDC, and WHO guidelines, working together and helping each other, we will get back to our lives and rebuild a healthy and strong Rhode Island. For more information, contact us today.