The Coronavirus pandemic continues on, but fortunately, we have been able to arm ourselves with information. Among what we know is who is most at-risk, and that group includes older adults. There are a variety of reasons why older adults are more susceptible to Coronavirus, but please do not panic! Below we are discussing why as well as what senior citizens can do to remain healthy.
Why Are Older Adults More at Risk?
Seniors actually have double the chances of contracting Coronavirus. This is because older adults have deteriorated immune systems as a result of aging. The older we get, the weaker the immune system we have.
As our immune systems become weak, they cannot fight off diseases or infections very well, nor can they help the body recover and repair as well if a virus is contracted. The same is true for the lungs. With age, the lungs lose resiliency and elasticity. This makes Coronavirus very dangerous to seniors, as the virus is known for causing difficulty with breathing.
How Can Older Adults Protect Themselves?
Do you and other family members or friends visit with your senior often? If you visit more than once a week, you will need to consider scaling back your visitations to once a week or less. As an alternative means of communication, video calls and phone calls are the next best thing to stay in touch with your senior! Trips to doctor’s offices should also be included in limitations if it is not medically necessary your seniors make the visit. You should call their doctor if you are unsure whether an appointment is necessary.
Be sure to help your seniors follow the protocols advised by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC encourages everyone to wash their hands frequently throughout the day with use of an alcohol-based soap and for at least 20 seconds each wash. Seniors should also have frequently touched surfaces, like countertops and doorknobs, disinfected often. Lastly, if your senior visits with anyone or heads out to public places, they should wear a mask for their safety.
You’ll want to be sure that your senior is fully stocked on basic supplies during quarantines and isolation. You don’t want them running out of the things they need! This includes soap, disinfectants, toilet paper, routine medications, and of course, food. Check in on your senior often to confirm that they are not running low on any of these items.
If you would like more information on keeping your senior healthy during the Coronavirus pandemic, contact our experts at Home Care Assistance!