This week, we hosted a live QA call for Better Health While Aging readers, to address questions about aging health in COVID times.
The call replay is below, or get the audio-only version through the podcast here.
Questions and issues we addressed during this call included:
- The trade-off between safety and other benefits that older adults value
- How to think through making an activity or situation “safer” rather than ask “is it safe?”
- How to maintain physical and mental wellbeing while confined to the home, or to a locked-down facility
- When it’s likely to be “safe” to resume routine health appointments, including eye and dental visits
- How the pandemic situation might affect recovery from hospital delirium
- What we know so far about the course of COVID in older adults who develop symptoms
- What palliative care at home for COVID might look like
- The challenges that nursing homes are currently facing
(For those who have asked about transcripts: I wish I could but right now we are too short on funding; transcripts cost $1.25/minute to produce plus more time to format and finalize.)
Please stay as safe as you can, and take care!
More from our guest experts:
- From Dr. Didyk:
- From Richard Caro:
Other related links and resources:
- Uptodate.com: Evidence-based Information on COVID-19 (free!)
- GeriPal: COVID in Long-Term Care
- What is a pulse oximeter
- CDC: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
- Center to Advance Palliative Care COVID Response Resources – see info in the symptom management section.
- Learn how POLST helps frail and seriously ill adults get better care, and find out what is available for your state.
Services and Products:
- Institute on Aging Friendship Line
- This free service provides trained volunteers to talk to older adults who are lonely or depressed; they are also qualified as a crisis line for anyone contemplating harming themselves
- TrueLink Financial Debit Card
- This card was designed to help vulnerable older adults and others reduce the risk of financial exploitation.
- Care.coach (formerly Gerijoy) virtual companion service for older adults
- This service provides companionship, medication reminders, and more. We have had a Helping Older Parents member give us very positive feedback about it recently.
- If you would like to be part of our Better Health While Aging group trying this service at a discount, please let us know via email. You will get 20% off the set-up fee (usually $279) and ongoing monthly charge (usually $279/month). (BHWA is forgoing any commission in order to enable a larger discount for our community.)
Have you come across any resources or services that are especially helpful to older adults and families during this time? Please share below in the comments, thank you!