I’ve said that our elders are the living connections to history and thus, valuable treasures. So, are we doing our due diligence to protect these treasures during this Covid-19 pandemic?
I know from personal experience that it is difficult to resist the temptation to go out, socialize, and visit friends during this time. Everyone has been adversely impacted and many rely on friends and relatives to get through the emotional impact of all of the cancellations and restrictions imposed upon us. However, we need to be abundantly cautious in an effort to be responsible and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus—especially to our seniors.
The best expression of this is: “Our elders were called to war to save lives. We are being called to sit on the couch to save theirs. We can do this.” Think about this...it will take a bit of discipline and sacrifice...but it makes sense.
Although we are called to stay in, we can help our senior relatives, friends and neighbors in many ways. First and foremost, call them. Talking to them on the telephone and using Facetime or Skype helps to keep everyone connected and alleviates extreme feelings of loneliness.
Helping loved ones staying on top of technology is another way to help. Assisted Living Technologies, Inc., “provides innovative products that help the elderly and people with special needs live more independently and enjoy a greater sense of dignity. Whether they reside on their own, with a loved one, or in a special community, most seniors and special needs individuals prefer to live as independently as possible.” Products range from safety monitors to alerts devices, medication monitors and bed sensor monitors, among many other innovative devices.
Additionally, individuals who are enrolled in Medicare Part B and meet Medicare’s geographic requirements can receive “telemedicine” services from eligible healthcare providers. Telemedicine is basically virtual doctor-patient visits, over the telephone, to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients.
We learned that March 19, Stop & Shop is opening earlier to service only customers age 60 and older, from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. daily.
For meal help, go to the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce at https://www.shorelinechamberct.com, there is a list of local member restaurants that offer curbside pickup and delivery.
Other ideas include contacting your local senior centers for information and advice; and consulting with websites such as the Shoreline Eldercare Alliance (SEA) for resources; website: https://sea-ct.org/. SEA, for example has a host of community resource names and numbers — some of which are listed here for your information:
AARP of Connecticut
21 Oak Street. Hartford, CT 06106
866-249-7279; website: https://states.aarp.org/connecticut/
Agency on Aging of South Central CT
117 Washington Ave, Suite 17, North Haven CT 06473
203-785-8533; website: https://www.aoascc.org/
State Unit of Aging Elderly Services Information and Referral
800-443-9946; website: https://portal.ct.gov/AgingandDisability/Content-Pages/Bureaus/State-Unit-on-Aging
Alzheimer Association CT Chapter Regional Offices: www.alz.org/ct
Main Office: 860-828-2828 24/7
Adult Day Services Supervised socialization and care for frail elders
Orchard House Branford 203-481-7110
Strong House Madison 203-245-0436
Institute for Learning in Retirement
800-220-0458; many websites affiliated with different learning insitutions
Shoreline Learning in Retirement (Madison & Guilford locations)
203-245-5627 or 203-453-8086
CT Commission on Aging
210 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT 06106
Center for Medicare Advocacy 860-456-7790
For health information, the State of Connecticut has launched an information line for people that have any questions related to Coronavirus (COVID 19). People can call 2-1-1.
Before calling, please check the CT Department of Public Health's webpage on Coronavirus. Answers to your questions may already be there: https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus.
Pam Kirkby lives in Branford with her husband and children. She is a realtor with William Raveis Real Estate and serves all age groups and areas. Her website address is: PamelaKirkby.raveis.com; and email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.