The onset of the coronavirus outbreak in the US and around the world has many seniors panicked and unsure of what to do. While the impact this deadly virus has on younger generations is still in question, what is certain is that seniors have an increased risk of catching and, unfortunately, passing away from the virus. As such, it is imperative for senior citizens and their families to take the proper measures to ensure they remain both healthy and safe.
Stay at Home
Right now, your home is the safest place to be as the country tries to gain control of the virus. Most states have already mandated stay at home orders, so it is highly recommended that you follow them. If you need groceries, ask a relative to do the shopping for you or have them delivered to your home through online shopping platforms.
Whether you’re looking for affordable health insurance or Easter gifts for your grandchildren, there are sites you can visit to compare prices and find what you need. Have someone help you browse the internet for what you need and schedule a delivery time that is most convenient for you. This keeps you safe and indoors.
Remotely Contact Your Doctor
As you age, paying a visit to the doctor is required more frequently. Be that as it may, doctor’s offices and hospitals are preoccupied trying to control the national pandemic. To reduce the likelihood of getting the virus yourself, it is best to use telemedicine platforms to contact your doctor. Many medical professionals are utilizing such platforms where they can log on and see their patients virtually. Based on their findings, they can advise you on what to do for treatment at home, or if you should come in for further testing.
Staying at home can cause a bit of laziness. Sitting around watching television and eating comfort food becomes a habit that can lead to serious problems including weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, and other life-threatening diseases. Adopting a sedentary lifestyle can also cause a decline in bone density and muscle mass, weaken your immune system, and decrease your mood.
Though your daily activities may be disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak, seniors should still prioritize exercise to remain healthy. Take a walk around your neighborhood, practice yoga, follow along to a workout video online, or simply get up and do some things around the house to get your blood pumping.
Eat a Healthy Diet
What you eat is more important now than it has ever been. The foods you consume will either help your body’s natural systems and boost your immune system or they can damage you. To support your health, it is important to eat more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean proteins. Have someone go to a local supermarket to purchase fresh whole ingredients. Make sure that you’re eating at least 3 well-balanced meals a day to provide your body with the proper vitamins, nutrients, and minerals it needs to remain healthy and functional.
Find Ways to Socialize
Mental health experts believe that stay at home orders and social distancing requirements will eventually cause a spike in mental illnesses. This is especially true for high-risk groups as families and friends distance themselves to keep them safe. As isolation can quickly lead to feelings of loneliness and depression, it is recommended that seniors find ways to socialize with others during these difficult times. You can send emails, talk to loved ones via video chat, or go old-school and pick up the phone for some friendly conversation.
Keep Your Mind Occupied
If you turn on the news or hop online, all you see are stories of death, panic, and fear. Watching these sources and hearing this type of information on a regular basis can increase your chances of developing anxiety or depression. It is best to keep your mind occupied with positive things to counteract the negative. Watch television shows or movies that make you laugh, complete a puzzle, read a book, love on your pets, talk to friends and family, learn a new recipe, or indulge in your favorite hobbies to keep your mind occupied on things other than what’s going on in the world.
Senior citizens are at the highest risk of both contracting the coronavirus and, unfortunately, passing away from it. To reduce the likelihood of this happening to you or someone you know, it is important to prioritize their health and wellness using tips like those provided above.