Planning for Older Adults
Guide for Older Adults

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.

  • Symptoms include: fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. If you develop symptoms, stay home and call your health care provider. You may be able to recover at home.
  • You need emergency help if symptoms become more severe, there is chronic chest pain, breathing is difficult or your lips turn bluish.

Plan For Yourself

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 2-3 week supply

Have a two–three week supply of the following: Non-perishable food; Medical and health care supplies; Prescriptions: make sure they are up-to-date