by Janet Simpson Benvenuti
The recent outbreak of the coronavirus reminds us how interconnected we are globally and the importance of protecting our most vulnerable family members and friends. We encourage you to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control about hand washing and preventative actions and listen to the news for updates in your local community.
If you are able, reach out to your older neighbors and offer to grocery shop for them. Many elders do not use delivery services like Instacart and may be uncomfortable risking exposure to the virus by shopping.
For updates about the coronavirus globally, healthcare and other professionals find the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security trustworthy. You can register for their daily updates here.
Listen to geriatrician Dr. Leslie Kernisan’s podcast about the coronavirus and how best to protect our aging parents and ourselves.
Read the AARP’s guidance about limiting access to assisted living and skilled nursing homes.
Join the private Facebook group Working Daughter where you’ll find emotional support from thousands of women and men who are supporting their aging parents.
Together, we’ll navigate this journey. You’re not alone.