According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), symptoms of the Coronavirus include coughing or shortness of breath and at least two of the following symptoms:fever, sore throat, chills, headache, muscle pain, or loss of taste or smell. Older adults, seniors, and those with underlying medical conditions are at a higher risk of developing more severe complications from COVID-19. Early data showed that seniors over 85 years old have a mortality rate of 10%to 27%; seniors aged 65-85 had a mortality rate of 3% to 11%; and those aged 55-64 had a mortality rate or 1% to 3%. The general public quickly became keenly aware of the senior population's increased likelihood of more serious complications, should one contract COVID-19. As a result, there were many interruptions for seniors –including interruptions in family and community ties, finances, and legal services.
It is important to help seniors battle social isolation, and to keep the interruptions in their community ties to a minimum. Be creative and figure out how to interact with seniors without putting them at risk of contracting the virus.Also help seniors minimize the interruption to their finances –help them figure out how to get their stimulus check, file for unemployment, or seek help with retirement planning.