There have been many changes in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The virus has heavily impacted senior citizens because their age, and underlying health conditions make them more vulnerable. It’s important for seniors to maintain healthy habits to keep them safe. Here are six ways to stay healthy in the era of coronavirus.
Social distancing has proved to be an effective way to lower the spread of the virus. Social distancing does not mean you must always stay in your home, but you should keep at least a six-foot distance from others when you go out.
Since senior citizens are at higher risk for the virus, it is important to reduce the number of people and places they visit. Places such as grocery stores and pharmacies may not be the best choice due to large crowds.
Luckily, most major grocery stores offer curbside pickup so you can order and receive your groceries without direct contact. This lets you avoid crowded aisles and contaminated surfaces.
No matter your age, physical activity has many short- and long-term benefits. These include better sleep, improved mood regulation, and overall better health. Although being active will not prevent you from contracting the coronavirus, the right amount of exercise can help boost your immune system which may help you fight it more effectively.
Physical activity can also help reduce anxiety and stress, which is especially important during a pandemic. If you spend at least 30 minutes walking, jogging, or lifting weights, you can see an improvement in your mood as well as mobility, flexibility, and strength.
A healthy diet is essential to good health. Regardless of your age or past eating habits, it is never too late to improve your diet and the way you feel about food. Good nutrition can help fight illnesses, reduce the risk of heart disease and bone loss, and boost your immunity.
Vitamin and mineral supplements can improve your nutrition. For example, calcium is an essential mineral to maintain healthy bones.
Staying hydrated is important, too. According to Mayo Clinic, you should drink at least eight, eight-ounce glasses of water a day to remain hydrated and help cleanse toxins from your body. Staying hydrated helps regulate your blood pressure and blood sugar.
Keep your home clean
Even if you social distance, there still is a possibility that you or someone else can bring the coronavirus into your home. It’s important to take precautions with surfaces you touch at home.
Regularly disinfect doorknobs, light switches, toilets, sinks, and remote controls with antibacterial spray.
It’s harder to maintain a social life during a pandemic, but family and friends are essential to your health and wellbeing. Fortunately, technology makes it easy to stay connected. Zoom is an online communication tool to help you socialize from a distance. With Zoom, you can see and hear family and friends—you can invite as many people as you like to join your call. Technologies such as Zoom and FaceTime can bring all your grandchildren or friends together to share stories, jokes, or just to check in and say “hi.”
During the pandemic, seniors have been rightly concerned about going to a doctor’s office for health care. Telemedicine offers a great alternative to get the care you need without the risk.
Telemedicine is communication software that allows healthcare providers to analyze and diagnose a patient from a distance. You don’t need special equipment to use telemedicine; your phone, tablet, or computer should work for most telemedicine encounters.
Medicare now covers all telemedicine services, and some providers are even waiving cost-sharing for many of these services. Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor for a telemedicine visit if you need medical care. It can reduce your risk of exposure to coronavirus.
Taking care of your physical and mental health is more important than ever during the coronavirus pandemic. These six tips will keep you on the right track.