Older adults need support, assistance during COVID-19

Older adults face higher risk of severe health consequences from developing COVID-19. As quarantine continues and the length of social isolation increases, it’s important to also consider the consequences of emotional and psychological effects of the pandemic, according to a recent report from UW Health Geriatricians.

Older populations are more at risk for medical and psychological consequences from COVID-19, the report said. Family members and caregivers are encouraged to talk to older family members and find ways to make time to connect with them and offer support. There are ways for older adults to combat the effects of isolation and quarantine, including getting outside every day, joining online clubs, and talking on the phone.

“I can’t emphasize enough the need to combat this isolation in our older patients,” said Dr. Alexis Eastman, UW Health geriatrician. “The isolation created by this pandemic is significant, and we will likely never know the full extent of its damage to the physical and psychological health of older people, but it should not be underestimated.”

Read more and watch a video of Dr. Eastman talking about supporting seniors during COVID-19:  UW Health encourages Elder Support