Seniors have been out and about during the summer months for essential shopping, doctor appointments, and to spend time with family. Most seniors are leaving their home to run errands a few times per week. Unless they have a friend or family member run errands for them, they don't feel confident about outside agencies helping them with errands. Seniors are concerned about when to wear a mask? There seems to be a confusion, because so many organizations have different rules. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask in public because you are 65+ then use it when it is necessary. If you don't feel comfortable wearing a mask, or causes a feeling of anxiety, or difficulty breathing then consult with your family physician about it.
Seniors are concerned about how wearing a mask will effect their blood pressure and COPD. How do they stay active when wearing a mask? They are also concerned about their vision, and falls from wearing a mask.
When asked about their concerns about COVID-19 many seniors are confident that this will pass. People who are 65+ have seen deadly disease before in the United States. American's are strong and will overcome the health adversity. In 1952 the United States was gripped by polio and instead of panic, they overcame. The epidemic of 1952 reached over 58,000 cases in 1 year, 21,000 were disabled and it had taken 3,000 lives. Later that year Dr. Jonas Salk successfully found and tested a vaccine against polio A lesson learned, instead of fear, there was strength and optimism that American's would overcome their challenges of illness for wellness. It takes time, the best thing that you can do, is be educated and read from credible resources about health and wellness.