With the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, seniors are currently among the highest groups at risk and keeping them safe is a critical priority for caregivers.  Current confirmed cases of COVID-19 in U.S. states such as New Mexico are low compared to areas like New York, Washington, and California, based on up-to-date reports from Statista. However, with all 50 states now reporting cases, it’s important for communities and families to stay vigilant and protect themselves.

Many cities across the U.S. have been doing their part to limit the spread of COVID-19 by closing recreational facilities, shopping locations, and restaurants, among other highly populated areas. According to the CDC, retirement communities are being advised to:

With supportive services staying open as long as possible to provide adult day care for seniors, Marketwatch reports that many centers like Nevada Senior Services are carefully monitoring patients and helping to keep up with seniors’ physical, mental and emotional health, which becomes even more at risk when they are being instructed by the government to stay isolated.

But for many individuals and families, the sudden elimination of important resources and outlets for social activities and family visits is especially confusing and frustrating. It is also a challenging time for caregivers, those prone to anxiety and depression, and those who have difficulties with isolation. Seniors who live alone, who rely on outings or outside services for housekeeping and other tasks may be especially vulnerable to loneliness and may not be getting the proper care they need. 

Whether you’re a caregiver or a senior, you may feel uncertain about what steps you should be taking to stay safe and get the assistance you need. Fortunately, help in your community is available.    

Resources for Staying Healthy During COVID-19

Along with current advice to continuously and thoroughly wash your hands, avoid large gatherings and other general recommendations from the World Health Organization, it’s important to talk to others about how you are feeling. It’s okay to feel anxious and to express your concerns. Discussing your thoughts first and foremost allows you to connect with others and continue a broader discussion about steps you can take.

Seniors and caregivers should:

Looking for more information and tips? We encourage you to schedule a call with one of the dedicated Aging Life Care Managers™ in our network. We’re working tirelessly during this crisis to keep seniors and caregivers safe.

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