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.
Most critical for social distancing, here are things to avoid:
Going to the theatre
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 worked as an occupational therapist for more than 25 years helping people with sensory sensitivity who experience sensory overload. Christel has sensory sensitivity herself; she has hearing loss and wears hearing aids. She founded Sensory Friendly Solutions in 2016. Sensory Friendly Solutions brings together people around the world looking for sensory friendly living and businesses and organizations who offer sensory friendly experiences.