“SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – Social isolation and loneliness among older adults were a serious concern before the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the health risks of loneliness from being sheltered in place have created an even greater public health crisis.
Our health expert, Karen Owoc, talks with KRON4 about how people are finding ways to connect.
Shelter-in-Place Created Even More Social Separation
The coronavirus outbreak forced the very programs that provided social connections and stimulations for seniors, such as lectures, classes, lunches, and exercise programs.
The senior social outlets, e.g., senior centers, day programs, theaters, parks, gyms, and restaurants closed their doors. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities no longer allow family members to visit.
Seniors that may NOT have been lonely or isolated prior to the coronavirus pandemic are experiencing it now….”
Read the full article here: https://www.kron4.com/health/social-isolation-loneliness-for-seniors-cause-concern-amid-a-pandemic/
“Amy Carrier is a foundation director with a long-distance spouse and a 74-year old mother, who has Alzheimer’s and lives with her.
Even on a normal day, her life is complicated. Amy employs two private-pay caregivers to assist her mother while she is at work, managing a team of ten at the Oregon State University Foundation. When she gets home, she takes over: making dinner, managing medications, and helping with small tasks like choosing clothes and operating the television. Her husband lives and works in New Rochelle, New York.
In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, her life has become that much more complex.
Like many people, Amy is working from home, at least until the end of April and perhaps longer. Her husband is self-quarantined in New York. One of her mother’s caregivers has a sick child, so can’t come in. Not surprisingly, Amy feels overwhelmed… “
“There is a significant gap between the number of U.S. adults who want to age in place and those who actually believe they will be able to do so.
That’s according to a new national survey involving 2,750 U.S. adults conducted by Edelman Intelligence on behalf of Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), a product and solutions company specializing in kidney care.
Specifically, 65% of surveyed adults say they want to age in place. But only 33% — roughly half — believe they’re equipped to make that happen.”
“In a new study, researchers from Regenstrief Institute, Indiana University School of Medicine and Indiana University Health provide insight into physician moral distress, a condition correlated with burnout and depression. The researchers report that about four of 10 doctors caring for older adult patients who require a surrogate decision-maker experienced moral distress…”
Read more here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200225101314.htm
“Being a caregiver for the elderly is an honour but it can get tricky when they refuse to accept help if they feel it compromises their dignity, pride and privacy. In such situations, making decisions for them regarding their lifestyle can become a hurdle. Maintaining personal hygiene and carrying out daily routines become difficult by the day along with their increased nutritional needs. And if they have physical limitations, they would require even more care and assistance.
Here are some things to keep in mind to make your loved ones feel more comfortable and safe while you assist them… “