According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention layer (CDC), older adults infected by COVID-19 have a greater chance of requiring hospitalization, including intensive care, and face a greater risk of death than other age groups. Whether you’re an older adult living in your own home or a caregiver to a spouse, older relative or friend or neighbor, knowing where to turn for information can ease your worries and reduce your anxieties.
We’ve compiled the following list of resources that provide reliable and authoritative information we hope will be useful to you.
AARP Community Connections layer facilitates connections among people in this time of social distancing. People share ideas and provide help to those most affected by the pandemic, including services like picking up groceries, providing financial assistance or lending emotional support.
AARP's Preparedness for Caregivers During COVID-19 (PDF) layer offers guidance and support to family caregivers, helping them create a plan for caring for older loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Administration for Community Living layer offers a page with guidance for older adults and people with disabilities including actions to take to reduce COVID-19 risk, planning resources, symptoms and emergency warning signs and links to state and local officials’ instructions.
Aging Care layer, which helps families find answers, care and information on eldercare, has a special section dedicated to caring for a senior during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Alzheimer's Association layer provides a variety of resources and support that apply to caregivers and older adults generally as well as for dementia caregivers and individuals in assisted living specifically.
Caregiver Action Network layer provides access to a Care Support Team, staffed by caregiving experts, to help you find the right information you need to help you navigate your complex caregiving challenges.
Elizabeth Dole Hidden Heroes Foundation layer has an extensive collection of resources for military caregivers and their families.
Family Caregiver Alliance layer provides a comprehensive collection of links to coronavirus-related resources and articles.
Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving layer has a variety of tips and resources for caregivers.
In addition to managing the day-to-day challenges of the current environment, caregivers and seniors should be particularly wary of new dangers presented by scammers. According to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners page on COVID-19 scams layer, you should be aware of:
- Vaccine and treatment scams advertising fake cures and treatments for COVID-19
- Shopping scams claiming to sell high-demand supplies like hand sanitizer, masks, toilet paper or surgical gowns
- Medical scams in which scammers pretending to be doctors or hospitals contact you saying that they‘ve treated a loved one for COVID-19 and demand payment
- Charity scams asking for donations to benefit people and groups affected by COVID-19
- Phishing and malware scams that may be used to access your computer without you knowing by tricking you into clicking a risky link or a dangerous email attachment
The FBI page on spoofing and phishing layer is also a good source for information on the most popular techniques being used by scammers.
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