Protecting Our Seniors, And How Protecting Ourselves Protects Them
You have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others. – Dr. Phil
One of the hardest-hit age groups for the coronavirus is our senior citizens age 65 and up*. When we follow the guidelines for protecting ourselves from the coronavirus, we are protecting others, such as older persons. So, who are we are protecting? They are our parents, grandparents, and friends. They are the next-door neighbors that wave to us over the fence. They have wisdom and life experience. They are highly valued members of our society. So what can we do? We can take steps to protect ourselves; this, in turn, protects our seniors.
Here are 5 simple steps we can take to protect ourselves, and thus protect those we come in contact with:
- Avoid large crowds. If you must go out, maintain about a six feet distance between yourself and others.
- Wash your hands often. If you use a hand sanitizer, make sure it is at least 60% alcohol-based *.
- If you are sick, stay home.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently-touched surfaces daily *.
- If you have a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility, check to se what their guidelines are for visitation during the virus outbreak.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov) has many more suggestions for staying healthy during the coronavirus pandemic.
With this virus come some hard choices. One decision is whether to have close contact with seniors — this is because we could be a carrier of the virus and not even know that we are infected. As the CDC reports, “Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.”
But, why the concern? According to the National Council on Aging, the reason older persons may have serious complications from the coronavirus is, “… likely because as people age, their immune systems change, making it harder for their body to fight off diseases and infection, and because many older adults are also more likely to have underlying health conditions that make it harder to cope with and recover from. Age increases the risk that the respiratory system or lungs will shut down when an older person has COVID-19 disease.” **
Are there other things we can do to help seniors through this difficult time? Yes! Many individuals and organizations are offering to shop for groceries for seniors in their communities. Is there someone you know who could benefit from your help in this regard? This can go a long way in relieving an older person’s anxiety and burden during this uncertain time. Is there research you can share with seniors that might help alleviate their fears concerning the pandemic? A phone call, text, or video chat could go a long way toward brightening a senior’s day during this difficult time.
So, we all must do our part by following the guidelines to protect ourselves from the coronavirus; in this way, we protect our cherished seniors.
About GF Health Products, Inc.
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