Our Elderly Need Some TLC During This COVID-9 Outbreak
TLC (Tender Loving Care) … we can all use some during this pandemic, but for the elderly, who are most vulnerable now, they not only need to be careful not to be get the virus, but also need some special attention to manage their anxiety and stress.
At this time, they may be feeling isolated and alone because they must practice physical distancing and are unable to spend time with family members and friends.
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories and social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
- Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.
- If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself, call 911.
“Some of our elderly folks may be fragile and this outbreak can cause serious problems for them, both physically as well as mentally,” explains Bridget DeFiccio, Senior Vice President, Integrated Health, Acenda. “If you are a caregiver or know elderly living alone, please check in on them with a phone call or even a wave outside their front door. Maybe drop off a package of food or a magazine to read. All of these gestures will help elevate their mood at what is now a lonely time for many of them.”
For more information on keeping both your body and mind well during this time, visit the CDC website for information and resources as it pertains to older adults.
Also, watch this video from Jay Butler, MD, Deputy Director of Infectious Diseases, CDC.
Our clinicians are available to help during this uncertain time via our telehealth counseling services. Call our main number at 844-4-ACENDA (844-422-3632) for more information.