Seniors, Family Gatherings and the Uninvited Guest, the Coronavirus
We’re heading into Spring and with the season comes many enjoyable holidays. Easter, Passover, and Mother’s Day are holidays that traditionally involve some sort of family get-together, however, right now the very thought of a gathering can raise uncertainties and fears caused by the Coronavirus.
Seniors, babies and individuals with compromised health and a weakened immune system are the most vulnerable and at risk segments of the population and precautions should be taken.
If your senior loved one will be involved in a family gathering, here are a few things the CDC recommends:
- Make certain that everyone that plans to attend is in good health. If there is even the slightest chance that they may be ill, they should most decidedly not attend.
- Everyone must wash their hands thoroughly when they arrive at the gathering and should wash their hands frequently through the day or night.
- There must be a complete ban on hugging and kissing and this includes family members of all ages. Fist and elbow bumps are the new normal in these times.
- If the senior has any sort of respiratory issues or other health challenges, the best alternative to their in-person attendance might be to FaceTime or use Zoom, to best ensure their health, but still make certain they are part of the festivities.
Regardless of how you feel about the severity of this virus, make no mistake about it, it can seriously compromise a senior’s health. Don’t let a family gathering lead to serious consequences. You can find more information about Coronavirus from the CDC HERE.