Help The Elderly

Hey listen up!!! In this time of complete chaos, please look out for the elderly. Sure, the Coronavirus is inconvenient and hard for us all. But it’s a particularly hard on some seniors or the elderly population. Not only does the Coronavirus affect this groups’ health more than others, it’s also affecting seniors in ways that most of us don’t see easily or know. Even healthy seniors can’t move as fast as younger individual which is resulting in some of the seniors not being able to get much needed supplies. Some seniors with health problems are afraid to go out and be around others – understandably so. As a result, some do not have normal things like meds, food, water or toiletries. We have all seen folks running and/or pushing to get essentials like water, toilet paper, bread, hand sanitizer. Well, some seniors can no longer move that quickly.  

“The National Council on Aging, a reliable resource for and about older adults, provides this information for those with aging loved ones.

  1. Older people (65+) are twice as likely as others to contract a serious form of COVID-19 infection, so stepped up precautions are needed.
  2. If your aging parents have underlying medical conditions, such as heart, lung or kidney disease, diabetes or other chronic diseases they need to take special precautions a younger person might not have to take. This includes staying home as much as possible.”

In this date in age, some elderly individuals are not living close to their families. Therefore, caring for the elderly can no longer be the responsibility of the immediate family alone. Neighbor and friends MUST help. Certainly, most of us have or will easily help our elderly parents or grandparents, but what about your neighbors. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to just pick up the phone and ask them what they need. Hell, it’s the responsibility of the younger generation to assist them; all of them.

            Sidebar:

  1. Many seniors face growing challenges as they age, including mobility limitations, decreased stamina, loneliness and memory problems.
  2. If your goal is to ensure their wellbeing, tackling every single issue at once can be frustrating and embarrassing for some seniors.  
  3. So be attentive, respectful, and patient.

GO ask your neighbors or any elderly person you know what you can do to assist them. This act of kindness is not only needed but it’s our obligation to society. The elderly population paved the way for you/me/us to have the life we currently have now. Whatever it is that you currently have nice home, car, job, bank account; or whatever you are currently working on – high school diploma, college degree, trade school – we all owe some debt and gratitude to the generations before us.

Now Trutalk:

  • We need to treat ALL elderly people with the utmost respect.
  • When you go to the store, ask the elderly if they need something.
  • Check on the elderly regularly.
  • The CDC reports about coronavirus, “8 out of 10 deaths reported in the U.S. have been in adults 65 years old and older.” Whenever you help them with, keep your distance (6-8 feet away.)
  • Be the front line for someone that is elderly. They need us.
  • Your warm and empathetic presence can mean the difference between a good or a bad day.
  • If you’re lucky enough, you will someday become elderly and likely need help too.
  • Even if they do not need help one day, ask again as they may need help another day.
  • Some seniors may have a dog that need to be walked or other animals that need to be fed. Whatever it is or maybe, ask!!!

Sources: https://www.forbes.com/sites/carolynrosenblatt/2020/03/09/common-sense-ways-to-protect-aging-parents-from-coronavirus