Tips For Senior Citizens
I am dedicating this article to my dear sweet mother with activities to keep seniors engaged during COVID 19. and everyone reading this we are in this together and we must focus on working together not be fighting. Our government is providing us a very bad example of how to act during a crisis, but the people of the United States must stick together if we are going to get through this pandemic.
Assistance For Seniors
I would like to begin this article by providing you some organizations that you can receive assistance for seniors, and I feel if you know these exist you can spread the word to your family and friends. If our government would provide more funds to these more of you could be living a better quality of life, so anyway here are some resources you might find useful.
- American Society of Aging is highly recommended for people in their senior years and their caregivers, so this is the first place I am recommending you consider for assistance.
- Leadership Council on Aging is the second resource I suggest you consider, you will find this to be one of your best resources to keep handy in case you ever need it.
- National Association of Area Agencies on Aging is where you want to go for programs in your own community, and they are able to assist seniors within their local area what is available.
- Senior Living is able to assist you in finding the best housing and care for you in your golden years, you will not only find a source of resources, but you also will find a good source of valuable tools on their website.
The organizations above are the first places I would go myself to get help for my own mother, so I hope the resources I have shared with you can assist you. Free Family Solutions is all about providing assistance resources for families, and the elderly people in our community deserve as much help as we can give them.
The Golden Years Are Not So Golden
Many of the senior citizens in my community are not living the golden years, and actually, the majority of them are struggling to make ends meet month after month. Pensions are very low if they even have a pension of any kind, and the majority of them are depending on their social security just to get by. I have heard President Trump many times say he wants to get rid of social security, and if he would be re-elected and did this what is going to happen to all these people?
- It is a fact that the average social security benefit is not enough for people to retire today, and I know many of these people who were working part-time at fast-food restaurants and Walmart just to pay for their medications. But many of you might be mistaken by our government giving you the impression everything is provided for you, and the majority of people also must pay for a supplement health insurance.
- Many of you might not be aware there are taxes on this type of government income, and I ask you how fair is this to the senior citizens?
- Thankful the majority of these people just need to claim their income on their income taxes, and the reason is the majority of the blue-collar workers when they retire are not receiving enough social security to be able to pay taxes on their income.
- The law in the year of 2019 stated an individual receiving this type of income is only allowed to earn an additional $771.00, but really how many of them are healthy enough to work in their golden years?
I just wanted for my mother’s situation to clear this up, so don’t believe the politician’s when they say you don’t pay anything for your medical expenses when on social security. My mother has co-payments on all her medications, and also every medical appointment she has to pay a co-payment as well. The worse part is these are the times in our lives when we have the most health problems, and also how many seniors do you know that does not require any prescription medications?
Who Are High-Risk For COVID
The majority of the people in my community are senior citizens, and many are struggling with depression over not being able to spend time with their families. With the holidays coming this will be the worse holiday season for many of them, and to make things worse many women like my mother lives alone. So how can my mother and others like her cope during this terrible time, and below I have shared what I could find out for you.
- The older you are in age the higher your risks are when it comes to COVID, and one of the main reasons for this is your immune system often becomes weaker as you age.
- Many people older than 50 years old has chronic health issues, so they also are at a higher risk despite they are not in their senior years.
- Children with health issues are at higher risk as well, so your health status is the main high-risk factor.
- 8 out of every 10 deaths from this virus on an average are people over 65 years of age, so these people must be more careful than the younger members of their families.
Now you should understand better why our seniors are high-risk during the COVID 19, but how can they reduce their risks is what we are going to discuss next?
How To Reduce Your Risks
Anyone of any age actually needs to be extra careful, so even those of you with autoimmune diseases should be reading this?
- President Trump is misleading the people in so many ways about the COVID, and people who wear a mask are not more of a risk to get infected as he has been saying. Everyone should be wearing a mask, and if more of us did we would not have nearly as many deaths from this virus.
- When you must go out try to stay at least 6 feet from other people, and also you should avoid going out only when you have no other choice such as medical appointments and grocery shopping.
- This is very important for everyone to do no matter your age, and anyone who starts to feel unhealthy should seek professional medical treatment right away.
- The sooner you have been treated the better your chances of surviving, so the longer you wait the higher your risk of having complications.
- Washing your hands frequently and using hand sanitizer is highly recommended, and this is even more important for those of you over 65 years old or with health problems.
I am sure you all are tired of hearing these basic ways of how to reduce your risks, but sadly not nearly enough people are following them and that is the main reason we are in this situation for the holidays.
How Do I Know I Am Infected
Most of you might already be aware of the symptoms, but for those of you who might not know below are what to watch for. If you start having any of these symptoms you need to seek medical treatment right away, so it is better to be safe than sorry and wait too long to be treated?
- Shortness of Breath
- Muscle Pain
- Loss of Taste
- Sore Throat
- Runny Nose
These are not all of the symptoms you possibly might experience, but these are the most common early symptoms the majority of the people are experiencing.
Time To Seek Medical Treatment
If you are experiencing more than a few of the symptoms above you should consider seeking medical treatment, and the symptoms below are sure signs you are in need of medical treatment right now.
- Struggling to breath is one of the sure signs you need help, so don’t waste any time if you start to feel you are having trouble breathing.
- Chest pain or the feeling of constant pressure in your chest is another sure sign to go to the emergency room, and men don’t wait or it might be too late for them to save your life.
- Some people especially seniors are experiencing the feeling of being confused, so this is especially important if you are in your golden years.
- If you are finding yourself struggling to stay awake or wake up, you need to get medical assistance.
- The last warning sign I have for you in this article is if you notice your lips are looking a bit on the bluish side, and this also might go for your face as well.
Now you have a good understanding of the COVID-19 virus, and I feel this information could possibly save some lives. Now we need to address some activities to keep seniors engaged during the COVID 19, so read on to learn more.
Activities To Keep Seniors Engaged During COVID 19
Many seniors like my mother live alone since my father passed away, so for her and others in the same situation, this could get the best of them from worrying about their family. The best way for them not to worry to the extent it affects their health is to stay busy, and so now let us see what are some activities that are recommended?
- One good thing is many seniors are using the internet today, so this is more likely their best resource for keeping their minds busy during this time. So the most popular way the majority of people entertain themselves online is on the website we all know as Facebook, and my mother who never used this site before now is going on it regularly. This is a great option for her to keep in touch with my brothers and my nephews, and this is the number one option recommended by Home Care Assistance.
- Their next option in the article suggests a website that goes by the name of Facetime, and this is a video and audio calling service. I am not familiar with this site, but you can learn more from this article written by Digital Trends.
- Even though my mother is not into using email, you can be sure this is another good option to keep in touch with your family.
- Just by surfing the web or shopping online can provide activities to keep seniors engaged during COVID 19, and so next we are going to venture into games that are good for seniors.
Many seniors use coupons to save them money, so by using the internet some of them spend their time searching for them for their favorite stores. So this is another way to spend your time while staying at home, and below I have inserted a link for you for coupons from Walmart.
Games For Seniors During COVID
Many people of these ages worrying quite a bit about their family, and one very good choice of how to spend their time is playing games. The best games for seniors are what they consider brain games, so these are what I am sharing with you below.
- Crossword puzzles are something I do when I am in the mood, and I find this relaxing as well as improves my brain functioning. So you can find a variety of crossword puzzles to choose from, I always like the large print and that is what I recommend for seniors.
- For those who are not a fan of these as I am, you also will find that the Word Search is a favorite of many people in their senior years.
- Reading is very popular among the older folks, and many of them just never had the time to read when they were working. So many of them now read regularly, and this is great for their brain health.
- If they live alone Solitaire is another good choice to consider, I am not really into card games myself, but many people are now playing this online instead of with playing cards as in the past.
- There are many of these games to choose from for senior couples to play, but the list does become quite smaller for someone who lives alone.
- My last suggestion for a single person would be jigsaw puzzles, I know many nursing homes provide these in their main room for the residents to give them something to do.
So these are what I could think of for a single person who is staying at home during the COVID, and of course, many seniors are very attached to their television for entertainment. The only negative thing about this is it can contribute to their worrying, and the reason is that for some reason many favors watching the news.
Games For Senior Couples
Now I am going to give you a few activities to keep seniors engaged during COVID 19 for couples, and there are many more choices depending on your interests when you have a partner.
- Chess is my favorite game, but since I live alone I have no one to play against. You can find online chess websites, so this could possibly be an option even for a single person. If you have a partner who loves the game, you can spend hours every day playing this game with them.
- Many women are not into chess it seems, so maybe checkers would be a better choice if that is the case?
- Monopoly was my favorite board game growing up, and this game can keep you busy for hours and hours playing.
- How about Yahtzee, you could really put in some of your time playing this one as well with a partner, I guess you could play alone but it would not be as nearly as much fun.
- You could also consider Scrabble with your partner, so this is another good one that comes to my mind.
I am going to end this article here, but I hope I have provided you some good resources as well as some interesting activities. Living alone I know how it could affect your mental health, but the more variety you can add to your life the better your mental health will be during this stressful time. Please feel free to leave me any comments at the end of this article, I would love to hear from you.