We have learned quite a bit about how Coronavirus affects us as the pandemic continues on, and who is most at-risk of catching the illness. Older adults are unfortunately categorized as a group that is more at-risk than younger people, for several reasons. But what exactly makes seniors more susceptible to the virus? We’re discussing that below along with what they can do to keep themselves safe.
Why Are Older Adults More at Risk?
Senior citizens are in fact twice as likely to contract Coronavirus, so it’s especially important they remain safe. As we age, our immune systems grow weaker and begin to deteriorate. The weaker an immune system is, the less it can fight off any infections or diseases like it used to. The safe is true for recover and repair – if a senior catches Coronavirus, they may not be able to recover as well as someone younger. Lungs also begin to lose elasticity and resiliency as a result of aging, and seniors can become particularly at-risk of suffering form inadequate respiratory function. Coronavirus is now well known for making breathing more difficult.
How Can Older Adults Protect Themselves?
How often do you visit with your senior loved one? If you visit more than once a week, we, unfortunately, recommend that you scale back on your visitations. Instead, try to limit your visits to only once a week, and when you can, use video calls or phone calls instead. They’re the next best thing if you cannot physically be with your senior! Limitations should also include trips to doctors’ offices. Unless it is absolutely medically necessary, your senior should reschedule their appointments. If you are unsure if they should be seen, just give their doctor a call.
Listen to the experts and follow the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) protocols. The CDC advises frequent handwashing, which involves rubbing the hands together vigorously with an alcohol-based soap for at least 20 seconds. Additionally, seniors should consistently use disinfectants on countertops and doorknobs – frequently touched surfaces. If your senior needs to head out in public places or is visiting with family, the CDC encourages everyone to wear a mask.
The last thing you want to happen while your senior is quarantining at home is for them to run out of supplies! You should make sure they are stocked on household necessities, like soap, disinfectants, and toilet paper. This should also include a plentiful stock of any of their regular medications and food for meal preparation. Be sure to check in often to help them replenish their supplies if they are getting low!
For further advice and information to keep your older adult safe during the Coronavirus pandemic, please contact our experts at Home Care Assistance and schedule your consultation.