The CDC warns that older adults are at higher risk for dying if they catch COVID-19. To reduce risk of catching COVID-19, the CDC encourages older adults to limit their interactions with other people as much as possible, which means, we are mostly at home for the duration.
Instead of social distancing, think physical distancing + social connection. Isn’t that a contradiction, you ask? During World War II the planting of victory gardens, and the rationing of gas, food, and clothing connected Americans of all ages, classes, and cultures in a shared effort to save these precious resources for soldiers. Now, mask wearing, sheltering in place, and washing our hands frequently, and limiting the spread of the virus connects us to neighbors, friends and family no matter where they are.
Try practicing these 10 actions everyday to keep your spirits up:
- Call someone* (keep a list of family, friends, neighbors by your phone)
- Move your body (CDC recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise weekly)
- Straighten up one area in your home
- Eat something healthy and stay hydrated
- Get outside
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Limit how much news you listen to (15 minutes 2x/day is more than enough!)
- Name one thing you are grateful for
- Learn something new
- Do something creative (listen to music, bake, make something, etc.)
*At Call2Talk 508-532-2255 someone is available to listen 24 hours/day/7 days/week.
Please contact Malka Young, LICSW, CCM at JFS Allies in Aging at (508) 655-9553