COVID-19 has changed life in America as we know it. Businesses across the country have been shut down for months and families are being asked to remain inside as much as possible. Living in this time has been a challenge for everyone. However, older adults face particular COVID-19 problems that can be especially difficult to deal with. Keep reading to learn more about how you can make adjusting to COVID-19 a little easier.
You’re probably already well aware that older adults are at the greatest risk for dying from COVID-19. According to the CDC, Americans over the age of 85 face the highest risk of mortal complications from COVID-19. However, even adults over the age of 50 can face an increased risk of dying from this illness. That’s why it’s so important for all older Americans to take COVID-19 seriously.
The CDC recommends that older adults limit their interactions with other people as much as possible. However, we know that it’s impossible to eliminate all of your interactions. When you do decide to go out, make sure that you’re prepared to do so. Wash your hands often, wear a mask, and avoid close contact with others. Practicing these everyday preventative measures can keep you safe and healthy for years to come.
Although the country is practically shut down right now, you don’t need to stop enjoying your life. Instead, older adults just need to get creative. For example, instead of meeting your friends at one of their homes or out on the town, consider connecting with them virtually through a Zoom meeting. This will give you the opportunity to feel connected to others without having to put yourself at risk.
Similarly, now is the perfect time to try new things. Maybe you’ve always wanted to write but never had the time to do so. Or, perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn how to sew but you’ve just never got around to it. You won’t find a better time to work on new hobbies like these than now. Picking them up can help you keep busy and enjoy your life, even if you aren’t able to do everything you love right now.
Additionally, part of enjoying life is not getting bogged down in negativity. Life during a pandemic can be stressful. If you’re feeling the results of that, consider taking a break from the news and social media. Make time to unwind, take care of your body, and connect with others. Doing so will help you remain positive in the face of a challenging situation.
It’s very important for older Americans to be clear about their healthcare needs and coverage. Thankfully, Medicare covers the cost of lab tests for COVID-19 and all medically necessary hospitalizations resulting from the virus.
However, you still may have questions about which plan is right for you or how to get started with it. If you’d like to learn more about how you can fight COVID-19 with Medicare, we’ll happily provide it to you. Simply fill out this form or give us a call anytime to learn more about how we can help. We look forward to hearing from you.