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Our senior citizens are those most at risk during the outbreak of this virus. Authorities have asked the larger community to assist our senior population. We know so many of you are anxious to do your part. Here are a handful of ways we all can help:
While “social distancing” may help curb the spread of the virus, it can have the emotional impact of leaving people feeling isolated, lonely, and afraid. Seniors are the most vulnerable to this virus and are the people who are bearing the brunt of the social distancing. A simple phone call from someone who cares can make a world of difference to them.
Many senior citizens are having to remain in their homes for extended periods of time—potentially several weeks or longer. They will need to replenish their basic necessities. Consider purchasing for them a bag of groceries, household items, sundries, and other essentials. Canned goods, heat-and-eat meals, and frozen foods are ideal. Then make arrangements to leave it on their porch or inside their doorway so you avoid having any close contact.
Many seniors may be unaware their local pharmacies, grocers, restaurants, and other businesses, offer home delivery services. Even some of the largest nationwide retailers (for example, Amazon, Costco and Sam’s Club) offer home delivery of groceries in certain markets. In addition, there are meal delivery services such as Grubhub and Uber Eats. Often these services can be ordered over the telephone, but others may require some familiarity with smartphone applications or access to a computer. Some seniors may need your assistance with the technology required to use these services.
Many businesses are setting aside special shopping hours to meet the needs of seniors. Help keep seniors informed of the availability of these accommodations at businesses in your local areas. If your local businesses are not offering these services, give them a call and encourage them to do so.
Some seniors may not be aware that many businesses will shop for the items they need, package them, and bring them right to the car. For example, Wal-Mart, Costco, Sam’s Club, and other nationwide businesses, offer these services without charge. As noted above, these services often require some familiarity with smartphone applications or access to a computer. Some seniors may need your assistance with the technology required to use these services