Senior Adults and Coping with COVID-19 Stress & Anxiety
Feelings of increased stress and anxiety are common during a pandemic. Older adults in particular may experience these feelings at an enhanced level as the consequences from contracting COVID-19 are proving to be more severe for this age group.
These feelings can be overwhelming and create strong emotions. For seniors living independently at home, it can be difficult to cope with these feelings as social isolation prevent many from receiving the support from family and friends they are used to. Technology provides a way to communicate and stay in touch with loved ones; some seniors may not be comfortable using it and are left to cope on their own.
Seniors at home can utilize some of the following measures to address their mental and physical health during the pandemic:
- Walk around your house
- Walk around your neighborhood (maintain physical distance from others)
- Sit down and stand up from a stable chair to keep your legs strong
- Dance to your favorite music
- Add more color to your plate by eating fruits and vegetables
- Minimize sugary treats or processed foods
- Drink plenty of water
- Speak regular by phone with friends and family
- Speak with neighbors from your porch
- Video calls from smart phones, tablets, or computers
The senior community will feel the impacts from COVID-19 for quite some time once the pandemic is over. If the fear, anxiety, or depression worsen for you or a loved one, it’s okay to ask for help.
The Monarch Program at Silver Oaks Hospital offers unique help and support for seniors and their families. Calls are confidential and are available at no cost 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Call today to speak with someone who can help: (844) 580-5000