This is a guest post by Kent Elliot from www.athomeaging.info
The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for everyone, especially older adults. Not only are older adults high-risk for COVID-19, but stay-home orders and social distancing have also strained seniors’ mental and physical well-being. Phone, text, and chat lines like VIA LINK provide support for Louisiana seniors in crisis, but older adults need other coping strategies in order to manage the pandemic with their well-being intact.
Here’s what seniors need to know about staying well over the coming months of the pandemic.
How can seniors stay in contact with loved ones?
Loneliness and isolation are real problems for older adults. However, staying home doesn’t have to mean growing lonely.
- User-friendly apps make video chatting accessible to older adults.
- Seniors without a smartphone can use all-in-one video chat devices.
- Getting tech-challenged adults to video chat may require guidance from family members.
What’s the safest way to the grocery shop?
A healthy diet boosts the immune system, but grocery shopping during the pandemic poses challenges for the elderly and immunocompromised.
- Many supermarkets have senior shopping hours for high-risk customers.
- Always follow COVID-19 safety guidelines when shopping.
- Is possible, opt for curbside pickup or delivery over in-store shopping.
- Older adults can also utilize meal delivery services.
Is it safe to exercise during the pandemic?
The YMCA may be off-limits, but seniors should still stay active through the pandemic.
- The right home gym equipment provides a full-body workout at home.
- Alternatively, do bodyweight exercise for an equipment-free workout.
- Older adults can also exercise outdoors during the pandemic, but it’s important to do it safely.
How can seniors stay positive while staying home?
Even the healthiest seniors may find themselves struggling during the pandemic. Let these tips keep your spirits up.
- Simple exercises like yoga and tai chi are great for mental well-being.
- The right foods also influence a senior’s moods.
- Positive affirmations can help turn stress and anxiety around.
- In a crisis, reach out to a helpline.
As Louisiana continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared for the road ahead. With the right tools and support, older adults can weather this crisis with their well-being intact.