As we continue to keep our homes and families safe during COVID-19, it’s important to consider the needs of the seniors in our lives and in our communities.
State and local health agencies are taking steps to ensure that seniors are physically protected from the virus, including directives for those 65 and older to stay home. Many families are searching for guidance and solutions to ensure their loved ones – from parents and grandparents to neighbors and family friends – are best taken care of.
This uncertain duration of isolation can take a toll on a senior’s mental and physical health. There are things we can all do to foster connection, hope, purpose, and support for seniors during this difficult time.
Families, caregivers and health professionals should work with seniors to develop a wellbeing plan for social and mental health. that allows them to take part in activities they love, follow recommendations of health agencies, and maintain a positive outlook.
This can include: