Social Distancing for Boomers
Practical information to keep our most vulnerable baby boomers and the silent generation safe from Coronavirus with examples of social distancing for adults and seniors.
There is a lot of information about social distancing for children, but adults and seniors, our baby boomer generation (born 1946-1964) and the silent generation (born 1928-1945) do not have many resources to help guide them.
- Are you struggling to understand what activities you should and should not do during the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic as an adult, older adult or senior?
- Maybe you are a family member and you would like something you can share with your senior parent or grandparent?
- To help, we have written this blog post and created an infographic with information for you.
You can also open, print and download our infographic that has activities you should:
- Avoid where possible
- Use caution when doing
- Feel safe and OK to do
Keep the sheet on the fridge as a reminder!
Most critical for social distancing, here are things to avoid:
- Group gatherings
- Social clubs
- Book clubs
- Sporting events
- Going to the theatre
- Crowded stores
- Crowded pharmacies or drug stores
- Going to the restaurant
- Having visitors to your home
- Non-essential workers in your home
- Taking public transportation
- Outings with other people
Here are activities to use caution about doing when social distancing:
- Going to the pharmacy or drug store. Instead, look for pharmacies or drug stores that have dedicated hours for seniors during Covid-19. We have a listing directory of all the ones that we find to help. Also, ask younger friends or family members to help you out by going for you.
- Grocery shopping. Instead, also look for grocery stores that have dedicated hours for seniors during Covid-19. Look in our listing directory. Here again, ask younger friends, family members, or neighbors to help you out if needed.
- Getting take out meals.
- Traveling outside your home.
- Try to stay a least 6 feet away from people when you are outside of your home.
If you want to request that your local store or pharmacy adopt special hours for seniors, we wrote a blog post to help people with that practice.
Finally, these are wonderful ideas of many things you can do while staying safely in your home:
- Go for a walk
- Sit outside on your property or deck
- Do some yard work
- Read a good book
- Listen to an audiobook
- Enjoy a podcast
- Watch a virtual concert online
- Take a virtual museum tour
- Discover TED talks
- Organize your digital photos
- Join an online support group
- Connect with friends and family by Skype, Zoom or Facetime
- Text your grandchildren
- Try a new hobby
- Rediscover a former hobby
- Get fresh air every day
- Organize your cupboards or closets
Keep checking back because we will continue to add to this list.
Christel Seeberger has been an occupational therapist for more than 25 years, helping people of all ages who experience sensory sensitivity and sensory overload. Christel understands how sensitivity and overload feel, she has hearing loss and wears hearing aids. Christel founded Sensory Friendly Solutions in 2016 to bring together people around the world looking for sensory-friendly living and the individuals, businesses and organizations who create sensory friendly experiences.