COVID-19 and Seniors
Information and Resources for Seniors during the Pandemic
Older adults face significant risk of developing severe illness due to COVID-19. We have put together information and a list of resources helpful for seniors and older adults. The pandemic appears to be far from over as seen in the recent resurgence in many parts of the world and in the US.
Please contact your doctor immediately if you feel sick with any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19.
According to the latest update by the CDC, data published by the National Center for Health Statistics on Sept 11th 2020 shows clear evidence that as one gets older, the risk for severe illness due to COVID-19 increases. Please click here to read more about this update on the CDC website.
COVID-19 and Older Adults
Reduce Risk of Getting Sick
- Stay home if possible.
- Wear a face mask in public settings.
- Wash your hands often, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- When outside, keep at least 6 feet away between yourself and others.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched services.
Watch for Symptoms
Symptoms, ranging from mild to severe illness, may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Common symptoms include:*
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
* updated July 3, 2020; source: CDC
Coping with Stress
- Take breaks from news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body - Meditate, Eat healthy, Exercise regularly.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and feelings.
Want to find local support group or meal delivery?
Access local resources at connect2affect
Enter basic information and what you are looking for (classes, support group, meals, food delivery) to get a list of local resources that can help you.
Food and Nutrition
Exercise and Fitness
Are you stressed?
Meditation has a long history in helping people reduce stress, increase calmness, cope with illness and enhance overall health and well-being.
The Center for Mindfulness at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, is offering free online Mindfulness and Compassion sessions that are live.
Click here to check out the schedule and how to participate.
Feeling lonely or socially isolated?
Get matched with a buddy at Quarantine Buddy
The site, recommended by NY Governor Cuomo, was started by Cornell students to help people connect during these tough times.