It was fantastic news when vaccines to protect against Covid-19 were developed in record time. Being highly-effective made the announcements even more welcoming. We are all in debt to the scientists and researchers who worked tirelessly to find the solutions. Creating the vaccines should have been the hard part.
The global pandemic has affected us all, in ways both big and small. Among all the disruptions, no group has been more impacted than our seniors. Due to their increased vulnerability to the disease and the much higher mortality rates amongst older individuals, our elderly have become even more isolated in this strange time.
During the holiday season you might be thinking of bringing your elderly loved ones home for family celebrations. If they are active and living independently, then go right ahead. But if they are facing physical or mental challenges, there are some things to consider to make your visits with elders a success:
In my work with seniors and their families, I come across quite a few older folks who are still driving. And while many of these drivers are still competent behind the wheel, too many show warning signs of decreased ability.
For those of you 85 years and older—congratulations on reaching what we professionals call, “ the oldest old.” Some folks in this category are doing remarkably well and are living full, interesting lives. Others unfortunately are struggling cognitively or physically with challenges.