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5 tips for seniors to stay healthy during COVID-19

5 tips for seniors to stay healthy – the COVID-19 edition

May 13, 2020

The fight against COVID-19 continues. While anyone at any age can get this virus, our seniors are most at risk. They also face the harshest consequences: fear, loneliness and more severe health symptoms.

At Providence Healthcare, we believe that every person has the right to live with dignity, compassion and respect. We understand the unique needs and circumstances that come with aging. Chiara Campitelli-Thompson is a Patient Care Manager at Providence, who has been working with the elderly for over 17 years. We asked her for some tips to help seniors stay healthy and safe during this difficult time.

  • Allow yourself to be spoiled. Get family and friends to run errands for you. You have spent decades looking after those you care about, now is their chance to return the favour. Have them get your groceries and go to the pharmacy for you. Stay home. Stay safe.
  • Take care of yourself. Make sure you find ways to exercise. 15-30 minutes of physical activity every day will help to keep you healthy. Better yet, go for a walk outside where you can keep a safe social distance. A dose of sunshine and fresh air will do the body good. Mental exercise is important too. Read a book, put together a puzzle, do a crossword or knit a blanket. Do what makes you happy to pass the time and keep your mind and body active.
  • Release your social butterfly and stay connected. Loneliness is a real risk for seniors in Canada. It can take away from your physical and mental well-being. The COVID-19 pandemic has made this even more challenging. Take the first step: phone your friends and family to check in daily. If you’re tech savvy, use video calling to see your loved ones in real-time.
  • Turn off the news. While it’s important to stay current with what’s going on, watching the news for extended periods can cause anxiety. Turn it off and focus on what’s within your control - keeping yourself healthy and well.
  • Take a chance on something new. What’s that they say about old dogs? Learn something new…try a new recipe, take up meditation, write your memoirs. There’s no time like the present! Oh, and don’t forget to keep washing your hands!

Bonus tip!

  • The early bird gets the worm. If you must go out to run your own errands, many stores are offering designated hours for seniors. These stores are opening early to minimize the risk of contact with other customers, and ensuring shelves are clean and stocked. Pharmacies are allowing for customers to call ahead and fill their prescription orders for quick and easy pick-up – some even offer contactless curbside pick-up. Take advantage of these options put in place to help you.

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Every day Providence Healthcare’s Heroes, our staff, go above and beyond to keep our patients and residents healthy through COVID-19. We are doing our part for the system. We have taken in more patients and ramped up telemedicine to keep other patients safe at home.

We all have our part to play in this fight against COVID-19. We are all in this together.

Since 1987, Providence Healthcare Foundation has worked with generous donors and the community to raise essential funds for Providence Healthcare, a leader in providing rehabilitation, palliative care, long-term care and community programs in Toronto. Within our care, adults of all ages rehabilitate after strokes, orthopedic surgery, lower limb amputations or other complex medial conditions associated with aging.

At Providence, our strength is providing compassionate care when and where it matters most.

You can make a difference for the patients, residents and staff of Providence Healthcare. Donate to our COVID-19 Relief Fund and join our Healthcare Heroes on the frontlines here.

Strength is. Our staff.
Strength is. Our supporters.
Strength is. Providence.