ADVICE FOR THE ELDERLY updated 03/02/2021
Who is elderly? Actually, even though we don't want to admit it, all of our silver members are, technically, elderly. This means that we should be especially careful to minimize any chance of coming in contact with any contagious diseases including the viruses which cause COVID-19, and also the germs which cause the usual seasonal flu, pneumonia, and the common cold, among others which can develop into potentially lethal problems with our lungs and other organs. Here is what the village is recommending, especially for our silver members:
- A week or two after you have received your vaccinations, you are highly unlikely to die or even be terribly sick with COVID. However, remember that we elderly people are more likely to get sicker than younger people from any disease, especially if we have other medical conditions. So, while you may be relatively safe in resuming your own errands and expanding your personal contacts, you should still wear a mask, keep your distance from others, avoid indoor spaces which are crowded or small or poorly ventilated.
- If you are not yet vaccinated, you are still grounded. Have you said this before? “I don’t care what everybody else is doing, you are not everybody else. Would you jump off a cliff because everybody else is doing it?” You are grounded. If you get sick, we can’t help you. And you may end up depriving some child or young parent of hospital services, including a ventilator.
- Go outside to exercise or to have any interaction with people, staying at least 6 feet away. Sunlight will disable some viruses; and even if you are with someone who is contagious, keeping your distance lowers the danger of infection. Limit even outdoor contacts to a few people. Each additional person doubles the potential for contagion. It’s exponential, inviting five people increases the odds by 32, ten people makes it more than a thousand times worse. And considering that those people don’t mind being in large groups makes it likely that they’ve been exposed to lots of other people with all kinds of germs. Did you take sex ed? Remember that when you (ahem) touch somebody, it’s like touching everybody they’ve touched. Wash your hands when you get home.
3 Steps to Stay Safe From Covid-19 if You are 60+, a post from Fairfax County:
- And you must exercise. Advice on exercise is in a separate window on this webpage. Check it out.
- ALL KINDS OF HELP FOR OLDER ADULTS https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/older-adults
- Maintain social contact by phone and internet apps, like https://www.facebook.com/groups/2171882682863206/ and https://chat.whatsapp.com/FDZ61cSYdNO11sMisYs9D7. Our Village volunteers have been phoning many of our silver members every few days. If you prefer not to be bothered by phone calls, tell the concierge right away. If you have an elderly neighbor who needs this service please let the concierge know or please call them yourself. Don't go inside their house, for your own protection and theirs.
- Managing stress and anxiety
- Do you need a face mask? Maybe if you’re sneaking out even while you’re supposed to be grounded. Village Drive Village still provides masks for all our Silver Members. We have neighbors on our facebook group who are making face masks, and they might give you one and share instructions. Google for more directions or search Youtube if you want to make some for yourself or to donate.
- Don't do dangerous things, like climbing ladders to change light bulbs. Contact the concierge. We do have volunteers who will help you, if need be; but we ask that you postpone indoor handyman requests which are not important for your safety, like hanging pictures or rearranging cabinets. If you’re not sure, just ask the firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have the phone numbers or emails of some neighbors who are not our volunteers officially but who are willing to help. Stay safe.
- What about grandchildren?
- They used to say that six out of every ten falls happen at home, but these days when we mostly stay at home all the time. So if you fall, it’s probably going to be at home. This is a good time to re-assess the hazards in our homes, where we tend to move around without thinking about our safety. There are many changes you can make to your home that will help you avoid falls and ensure your safety. See https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/fall-proofing-your-home
- If the isolation is beginning to get to you, here’s some good advice about dealing with the stress or anxiety: https://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2020/coronavirus-anxiety.html
- See our NEW advice on groceries, deliveries, exercise, and fun at www.villagedrivevillage.org/corona.
- COPING WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS MEMORY PROBLEMS? Insight Memory Care, a nearby agency with a good reputation, is offering some virtual informational and training programs to help you help your loved one: https://www.insightmcc.org/programs/virtual-services.html
- VIRTUAL URGENT CARE?
Passing on an email received by Village Drive VIllage: I am a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician and I am reaching out to help communicate to seniors about the availability of our online medical clinic which allows seniors to get medical help without leaving their homes. We are like an urgent care but by phone or computer — providing help when needed, but not intending to replace seniors' primary care doctors.
- For original Medicare members only (we don't take Medicare Advantage yet)
- Medicare does cover these visits the same as a regular office visit
- Patients can use their phones, tablets, or computers to talk to us
- We also provide remote monitoring services (monitoring blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar)
More information is available on our website CanaryDoc.com or by calling us at (240) 200-1442.
Dr.Alex Mohseni, MD FACEP
Canary Doctor LLC