COVID-19 and Older Adults A preparation Guide to COVID-19

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults may have a greater chance for serious illness from COVID-19, especially people with weak immune systems or underlying chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, diabetes or kidney disease.


Get a flu shot

Get a flu shot if you are showing no symptoms of illness.

Make arrangements for regular medical treatment

If you depend on regular medical treatment like dialysis, wound care, etc., talk to your health care provider about special arrangements.

Create a contact list

Create a contact list of family, friends, neighbors, health care providers, community assistance programs and drivers. Make sure phone numbers are up-to-date.

Stay in touch

Stay in touch with the people on your list and let them know you may need them for help if you become sick.

Have a 2- to 3- week supply

Have a two- to three-week supply of the following: non-perishable food; medical and health care supplies; prescriptions (make sure they are up-to-date).



UF Health

Engaging the Elderly While Physical Distancing

As we are encouraged to engage in physical distancing during the coronavirus crisis, how do we stay engaged with our elderly friends and family members? Leaders from the UF Center for OCD, Anxiety & Related Disorders discuss different methods to stay connected in the absence of in-person visits.

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Communicating with Older Adults in a Health Crisis

Balancing safety and autonomy can be difficult for older adults, and the COVID-19 pandemic adds additional medical, social and behavioral stresses for both older adults and their family and friends. This seven-part series from IFAS provides communication tips to help families and friends of older adults protect — and respect — their elders.

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