As this pandemic affects more and more people with each passing day, we should be concerned about our loved ones, especially the elderly. 

“Our parents and grandparents who are above the age of 50 need our attention now more than ever. This is because their immune system is weaker compared to their kids and grandkids. Our elders took care of us when we were children, now it’s our turn to take care of them,” says Dr Shilpa Aralikar, Consultant Physician, Internal Medicine, Continental Hospitals, Hyderabad. 

Here are a few tips that will help keep our elders healthy both physically & mentally.

  1.  Have a regular telephonic conversation with them to ensure adequate emotional   support. This will keep them happy. 
  2.  Ensure that they follow proper hygiene & safety protocols.
  3.  Try online consultation as much as possible for any of their health related problems.   Avoid taking them to the hospital until and unless it is an emergency.
  4.  If any of their elective surgeries like cataract, hernia or knee-replacements were   scheduled please postpone them until and unless it is a complicated case.
  5.  Try and ensure that they have an adequate amount of nutrition, and add immunity   boosters like food with Vitamin C & D to their diet.
  6.  Please ask them to avoid self-medication and not try out any medication which has not   been approved by the physician. If you feel any discomfort or symptoms please contact   the doctor immediately.
  7.  People living with older adults should also ensure proper hygiene and wash their hands   before and after providing care, preparing food, using the bathroom, or touching   surfaces in public places. 
  8.  If your elders need to step out please ask them to use a mask and tell them to sanitize   their hand frequently with an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  9.  If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with the bend of your elbow or use   disposable tissue. 
  10.  Please clean the touched surfaces in your home regularly, including mobility and     medical equipment used by your loved one, such as a walker, medicine box, remote,   etc.
  11.  If you are living with your elders and you cough or sneeze or aren’t feeling well please   isolate yourself from them.
  12.  Ensure their medical supplies are stocked adequately. 
  13.  Help them stay connected with friends and close family members. Make use of   technology. 
  14.  Suggest them to cut down on listening to only COVID related news all the time.

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