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Local Interest
BY SHERII SHERBAN,
   EDITOR
 The current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is stressful for everyone, but even more so for families who are caring for older adults or those at an increased risk for infection.
mental health, not to mention loneliness and depression.
 Precautions to prevent infection are the same as they always have been but the Coronavirus has made us all more aware. It has also made us all more sensitized to every cough, sneeze, and headache.
phone calls. It can be a lifeline as well as a lifesaver. If you and your loved one have a smart phone, however, then you have access to programs such as FaceTime, or even Skype, which both provide an opportunity for direct inter- action. Facebook is another great way to communicate but also to share video messages and photos. Any of these that provide for direct interaction helps the person on the other end feel more like you are there with them.
To reduce the spread of disease, CDC recommends using common-sense pre- vention practices. You’ve all heard about washing your hands, covering coughs and sneezes, wearing a mask, keeping your distance, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. You may have even heard about staying home if your sick and getting a flu shot. But it
All adults should take precautions to prevent infection, but we should not pan- ic. Across the board, organizations, busi- nesses, and individuals have stepped up to create physical distance when around others. To slow the spread of the virus, there have been widespread cancella- tions and postponements of events and gatherings as well as closures of theme parks and other attractions, as well as holiday parades. But let’s not forget that isolation becomes a real concern during this time of social and physical distanc- ing, especially for shut-ins.
is less likely that you read much about using aloe or lotion to keep hands mois- turized and soft after continued washing, getting plenty of sleep, eating well, in- corporating regular exercise, and staying hydrated. Visit CDC.gov for more.
Make sure that your loved one knows that you are trying to protect them by staying away. That happens because you are intentionally staying in touch; you are sharing daily details with them. As you may have guessed, with reduced direct contact, the need to utilize other forms of communication increases.
Be patient and understanding as you are helping a loved one set up these new devices or programs. You may need
to do all the set up for them. You may want to consider buying your loved one a new tablet (rather than your hand- me-down) and set up all the programs as well as load it with tons of family photos. You might want to consider purchasing an Echo device for them as well. Be sure to set it all up and make sure it arrives in time for holiday activ- ities so they can be a part of the day no matter where they are.
For people at higher risk, includ-
ing seniors, of getting very sick from COVID-19, the CDC recommends that you continue to also stock up on sup- plies to reduce exposure risks. Loved ones can take on this role and be a part of the continued care of those that are at enhanced risk. As we enter into the season of holidays, travel becomes an added risk, not to mention added stress. Read the article on ‘Celebrating Safely this Holiday’ to help you decide wheth- er you should reconsider your tradition- al get-togethers.
If you or your loved one is without internet access continue with daily
Lets take steps to prevent the chal- lenges of social isolation, which can lead to significant health challenges and cause irreparable harm to physical and
Ideally, these precautions could reduce your risk of getting sick. These suggestions can also help you stay connected with loved ones. We can get through this together.
Stay Connected – It’s that Important
Stay away but stay
in touch; isolation is a real concern too.
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