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Senior Times - May 2020 Guardian FINANCE & ADVOCACY
Robert Copeland, CEO, Special to Senior Times
                             Grand Vista is a place seniors can receive the care and support needed to live fulfilling lives in a home-like environment.
Grand Vista Located in Coldwater & Marshall, Michigan Ph: 517-227-5225
Family Owned & Operated
 • Medication Management • 24/7 Pharmacy Services • Personalized Care Plans • ADL & IADL Support • Meals Services
• Housekeeping
& Laundry Services
• Daily Activities & Entertainment
• All Inclusive Pricing
To avoid being exposed to the coro- navirus, it’s important for everyone to stay at home. This is particularly true for older adults and people with some chron- ic conditions, who have a higher risk
for complications from COVID-19 – the illness caused by the coronavirus. The Eldercare Locator and the Alliance for Aging Research have teamed up to bring you the following facts –so you can keep yourself and loved ones safe and healthy during this public health emergency.
Symptoms of COVID-19 – Not everyone with COVID-19 will experience symptoms, or the symptoms may be mild enough that you don’t realize you are infected, even though you are contagious. Symptoms of COVID-19 typically appear two to 14 days after exposure and may include:
• Fever
• Cough (usually a dry or unproductive
Why Older Adults and People with Chronic Conditions are at Higher Risk Our immune systems weaken as we age, making it harder to fight off infectious diseases. Cancer treatment, immune deficiencies, smoking, and prolonged use of medications that weaken the immune system can also make it harder for the body to fight off the virus. People with certain chronic health conditions – includ- ing heart disease, lung diseases, obesity, diabetes or liver disease –also have a harder time fighting the virus.
Protecting Yourself – COVID-19 is thought to spread primarily through respi- ratory droplets from coughs or sneezes.
It may also be transmitted after you have touched a surface or object with the virus on it and then touch your mouth, nose, or eyes.
There is currently no vaccine avail- able to prevent COVID-19 and no medication to treat it, so the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
• Fatigue
• Loss of smell and taste
• Body aches
• Nausea, diarrhea, stomach aches, or
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of
What to Do if You Get Sick – Call your health care provider if you think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and begin to develop symp- toms. They can advise you on whether
to get tested for the virus. In most cases, it’s best to stay at home to avoid infecting others – or becoming infected yourself.
Most people who become infected with COVID-19 can recover at home. For some people, however, the virus can be serious or fatal. Call 911 and seek immediate medical care if you experi- ence:
• Trouble breathing
• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest • Confusion not experienced previously • Bluish lips or face
• Any other severe symptoms
Unfortunately, there are scammers trying to take advantage of this crisis by pre- tending to sell you tests or medicines. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ( the best defense is to say NO to anyone you don’t know who contacts you (by phone, in per- son, by text message, or email) and asks for your Social Security Number, bank account number, credit card information, Medicare ID number, driver’s license number, or any other personally identifi- able information.
 Protecting Yourself from Scams
 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises older adults to: • Stay home.
• If you do need to go out in public, stay
at least six feet apart from others and wear a simple cloth face covering to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
 We Provide Top Quality Nursing Care & Therapy!
 • Skilled Nursing Care • Respite Care
• Palliative Care
• Wound Care
• Short-Term Rehab
• Outpatient Rehab
• Stroke Rehab
• Joint Replacement Rehab
                                              (269) 968-2296 •
 • Avoid high-touch surfaces like elevator buttons, door handles, and counters. If you must touch these surfaces, use a tis- sue or disposable wipe to touch them.
This fact sheet was developed by the Alliance for Aging Research and the Eldercare Locator, which is administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) and funded by the U.S. Administration for Community Living.
• Don’t touch your face, nose, eyes, or mouth.
• Wash your hands with soap and water often; hand sanitizers are ok to use if they contain at least 60% alcohol.
Honoring Seniors During Older American Month!
 Aide & Companion Service
 Medication Set-Up Supervision  Housekeeping
 Transportation
 Nursing Services
 Dementia Capable Trained Staff
 All Employees Screened & Bonded
Thomas J. Unger, ACSW Patricia D. Slayton, RN, MSN
5350 Beckley Rd, Suite D
 (Side door of Southern Michigan Bank & Trust)
60+ Years of Qualified Experience

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