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Why Older Adults are Higher Risk for Coronavirus

By Debbie Nunn, 11:36 am on

As the Coronavirus pandemic progresses and we uncover new information about the disease, one thing has remained certain. Older Adults continue to be labeled as an at-risk group for a variety of reasons.

But this should not cause panic. Seniors can keep themselves healthy during this time! Below, we’re outlining why seniors are more at-risk and how they can stay safe from Coronavirus.

Why Are Older Adults More at Risk?

Senior citizens are actually grouped among those who are twice as likely to contract Coronavirus. This is largely because as we age, our immune systems deteriorate. The older you are, the lesser the immune system you have. Weaker immune systems cannot fight off diseases and infections as well as they once could, and if a senior catches Coronavirus, a weak immune system also hinders recovery and repair. Likewise, the lungs also lose elasticity and resiliency as we age. Coronavirus is known for making it difficult to breathe, and seniors become especially at risk of suffering from inadequate respiratory function.

How Can Older Adults Protect Themselves?

Limit Visitations

If you and the family go and have dinner with your senior every night, you may need to consider scaling down during this time. Maybe instead you visit your senior once a week and consider using telecommunications to keep in touch the rest of the time. Video calls and phone calls are the next best thing to keep your senior safe! Limitations also include trips to doctors’ offices if it is not medically necessary that your senior go. If you are unsure whether or not your senior needs to see their doctor, give the doctor a call first.

Follow Guidelines

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has a set of guidelines and protocol in place for everyone’s safety. Your senior can better protect themself by washing their hands often with an alcohol-based soap and keeping surfaces like countertops and doorknobs disinfected to kill germs. If your senior needs to go out in public, or if they’re allowing visitors, they should be wearing a mask for their safety.

Have Supplies

While your senior is isolating and quarantining at home, the last thing you want to happen is for them to run out of supplies! This includes basic household items, like soap, disinfectants, and toilet paper. However, your senior also needs to be sure they have enough of any routine medications they are taking and plenty of food! You can help your senior stay stocked on these items by running errands weekly for them.

For further guidance and information to keep your senior loved one safe during the Coronavirus pandemic, please contact our experts at Home Care Assistance and schedule your consultation.

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