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In light of the current pandemic, the Injury Prevention Program has chosen to temporarily include some vital information on Coronavirus
for Boston's older adult population on our program site.

Covid-19: What Older Adults Need to Know

Older adults and individuals with serious underlying medical conditions are at greater risk of severe illness from Covid-19 and should contact their healthcare provider for additional steps to stay protected.


How to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones
  • Wash your hands, often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water and    especially after coughing, blowing your nose, sneezing and being in a public space        and don't forget to clean under your nails as well. Cough or sneeze into your          elbow or a tissue, not into your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when you are not able to wash          your hands. According to the CDC "sanitizers with an alcohol concentration        between 60-95% are more effective at killing germs than those with a lower alco-        hol concentration or non-alcohol-based hand sanitizers".
  • Avoid close contact with others, especially those who appear sick. Keep in          mind that not everyone who is sick will look and act sick. Keeping a distance of at      least 6ft (the average size of a three cushion sofa) is important to reduce your        risk of exposure. Remember: a cough or sneeze can reach farther than 6ft.
  • Stay home as much as possible. If you are sick, call your healthcare provider for      advice or immediately call 911 if your symptoms are severe.                                      
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as:
    • doorknobs
    • light switches
    • toilets
    • bathroom and kitchen faucets 
    • countertops
    • keys if you've been traveling
    • keyboards
    • and your mobile phone and landline

Cleaning & Disinfecting Your Home: Everyday Steps and Extra Steps When Someone is Sick

For free COVID-19 online screenings click HERE


Encouraging Older Adults to Stay Active & Safe

It is still important for older adults to stay active during the Coronavirus pandemic to help prevent the risk of falls.

  • Stay active. Improve your quality of life and strengthen your immune system by  staying active. 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity is recommended per      week. That's just 30 minutes a day five days a week. Fit this in throughout your          day in 2, 5 or 10 minute cycles, it does not need to be done all at once.
  • Include muscle-strength training. Two days a week of muscle based exercises       in addition to the moderate-intensity activity helps strengthen your back, stomach,    legs, hips, chest, shoulders and arms. This can be done by lifting light weights or        using resistance bands.
  • Move more and sit less. Stand up and move about or march in place during a commercial break to keep active. You can also take a brisk walk, indoors for now,    unless you are able to safely walk outside and keep the recommended distance.
  • Make household tasks work for you. Your everyday household tasks can be a   part of your routine. A lot of activities count, such as: doing laundry, light cleaning,  gardening, dusting, polishing furniture and helping prepare meals. It all adds up so      find what works for you.
  • Don't let limited mobility stop you. Everyone benefits from being physically    active and that includes someone with a disability. The same 150 minutes a week          of moderate-intensity activity is recommended. Wheeling yourself, if wheelchair      bound, counts towards moderate-intensity activity while adapted yoga, resistance    bands and weights counts towards muscle-strength training. Speak to your doctor,      or a professional with physical activity and disability experience, about appropriate    activities for your specific abilities.

Older adults should always remember to get up and move about carefully. 
Do not push yourself and be as physically active as your abilities and conditions allow. All exercises should be appropriate for your ability. 
Check with your doctor about the types of activities that are right for you.


How to Support Older Adults

People of all ages can support older adults during this time. Many older adults depend on services and supports provided in their homes or in the community 
to maintain their health and independence. The CDC recommends that family members, neighbors and caregivers do the following to support their loved ones:

  • Know what medications your loved one is taking and see if you can help them          have extra on hand.
  • Monitor food and other medical supplies such as oxygen, incontinence, dialysis,        and wound care. Create a back-up plan in case you run out.
  • Stock up on non-perishable foods to have on hand in their home to minimize trips      to the store.
  • Help disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • If you care for a loved one living in a facility, monitor the situation and frequently      ask about the health of the other residents, what they are doing to minimize risk,    how they are actively cleaning the facility and what the outbreak protocol is.

Additional Resources for COVID-19


COVID-19 Resources for Older Adults & Caregivers

Ensuring Access to Needed Medications During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Encouraging Older Adults to Stay Active & Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Self-Care During the Covid-19 Outbreak

  • Stress & Coping

    Symptoms of Coronavirus

    How to Protect Yourself & Others

    What to Do if You Are Sick

    Loneliness and Social Isolation Linked to Serious Health Conditions



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