The lost respect for human lives has been the greatest learning during the time of COVID-19. During the chaos, there is the peace that some families are fighting together. The old-age mantra ‘prevention is better than cure’ is the solution in hand that the older adults have taught us. As we all know the elderly are at a greater risk for the infection of coronavirus. People with pre-existing problems are also more vulnerable to the infection. This time of coronavirus pandemic poses a great challenge in taking care of our elderly family members as well as those who are far away. Here are certain ways on how you can support them and make sure that they are safe around you.
- Social Engagement: This can still be possible even with social distancing. The elderly would be missing out on their chat sessions, walks, and evening tea talks during this time. This could be a big problem for them as it is their daily routine. You can teach them to engage with technology that can let them connect to others. Set up live exercises or group chat sessions for them. It is the best opportunity to let them know about the new normal of society.
- Mental Well-being: This time has taken a toll on the mental health of a lot of people. If you know someone who lives far away from you especially older people, you can connect and talk to them to see if they are doing well. Their mental health is what will keep them going during this time of COVID-19.
- Helping Hand: It is not recommended and not safe for anyone to step outside especially older people. You can offer them to get medicines, groceries, or essential items. Teach them the art of online shopping so that they don’t have to feel dependent on anyone. This is another way to make sure that they are staying safe and sound inside their homes.
- Safety Measures: Make sure that you are well sanitized and you follow all the needed steps before you approach the elderly. You can discuss with them about the pandemic and make sure that they have the right access to it. Open to them about the importance of lockdown and social distancing.
- Keep In Touch: Everyone’s fear these days is to be left alone or feel that you are all alone. Take timely updates from your elderly relatives and talk to them about how they are doing during pandemics. This could be a great help for them to stay connected and make them feel that they are a valuable part of society.
Elderly people are a reflection of how we see ourselves in the future. We might find it hard to cope while managing household responsibilities and work, but a phone call or a casual interaction will reassure them that they have a helping hand and support. During this time of COVID-19, we have the best opportunity to be a responsible citizen, neighbor, and friend to all.