Ways to help others in your Community
Follow your state's mask guidance: If your state governor has issued mask and face-covering requirements, it's important to understand the guidance thoroughly and adhere to it.
Adhere to your state's travel restrictions: Almost all states have eliminated Covid-19 travel restrictions. However, as the CDC has warned against nonessential travel for people who are not fully vaccinated, it's important to stick to the latest local guidance should you chose to travel to another state.
Protect unvaccinated family members: Anyone not fully vaccinated, including children under 12, still needs to take steps to protect themselves against COVID-19. Practicing social distancing, wearing a face mask and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces are just some examples the CDC reccommends for staying protected.
Help your local food pantry: Your support will help them provide food items for families in need.
Check on neighbors and family members, especially those who live alone, are elderly, have health or mobility issues or are caring for Elders.
Support local businesses, schools and Elderly Charities: When possible, purchase gift cards to local shops businesses online that you can use once storefronts reopen, and uplift those who are trying to keep afloat.
Provide support to frontline health workers and first responders: Many health workers are not able to stay at home and are working around the clock, so take on tasks that they don’t have time to do as an expression of gratitude.
Give blood if you’re able: Red Cross and other organizations are in dire need of blood supply and have safe, healthy ways for you to donate.
Assist in local fundraising efforts: Look into options that provide much-needed supplies to families, such as Amazon Wish Lists, as well as the work of your local community and volunteer organizations.
Stay informed and stay calm: Only share information from credible sources like your state department of health or the remember, when you stay calm, others will follow.
Be prepared for hurricane season. The season brings additional challenges this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It's important to understand how your community will respond if disaster strikes and adhere to guidance. monitoring the weather, packing emergency supplies and planning an evacuation route.
Take care of yourself and others: Practice patience, kindness and Encourage others to do the same!
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Keeping in touch and staying well during the coronavirus pandemic
Staying at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may increase feelings of loneliness and affect your health and wellbeing. You may have to make more effort to stay in touch with people and find ways to keep your mind and body active. If you’re finding it difficult, there are helplines and support organisations to help you.
How older people can stay active during lockdown
Break up long periods of sitting down.
Many of us are finding that we’re sitting down for quite a lot of the day at the moment.
It’s a good habit to try and get up once an hour and stretch your legs a little.
Even if it’s just walking to the kitchen to put the kettle on, or doing the washing up, it all helps.
But if you find standing difficult, just moving your arms and legs for a few minutes every hour will also help break up those long stretches of sitting.
Easy home exercises to try do some gentle stretching
Stretching is a great way to keep supple, and doing it daily can also help improve flexibility and balance.
You can even do it sitting or lying down.
Try the following stretching exercise from Age UK: Sit on a chair Lift your leg up off the seat keeping your knee bent
Return to sitting position
Repeat with the other leg.
Try sitting exercises from your chair Sitting doesn’t necessarily mean being inactive.
There are actually quite a few exercises you can do from a sitting position.
But make sure to choose a chair that is stable, solid and doesn’t have wheels. And you should be able to sit with your feet flat on the floor and knees bent at right angles.
Try this exercise from the NHS: Sit upright with your feet flat on the floor,
Cross your arms and reach for your shoulders Without moving your hips, turn your upper body to the left as far as is comfortable Hold for five seconds
Repeat on the right side Repeat five times on each side.
During the coronavirus pandemic, it’s best to do as much as you can to stay active indoors. This is especially important if you’re an older person who may be more vulnerable to the illness. If you have limited mobility, or aren’t as fit as you used to be, it can be hard to know what sorts of exercises are safe to try at home. It’s important to stay as active as possible though, even in these challenging times. Doing so can reduce your risk of a fall and help you maintain your independence for as long as possible. And people who are active have a lower risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, some cancers and even dementia. Starting an exercise routine can feel a little intimidating at first, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. There are loads of simple routines you can try. And the good news is that many things you do every day anyway count towards your physical activity levels, such as cooking, housework or gardening.
Coping with coronavirus
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted everyone’s lives, but it’s been a particularly challenging period for older people who are at greater risk of falling seriously ill from the virus. A large proportion of COVID-19 deaths have sadly occurred in care homes. And many older people have experienced loneliness, isolation and less support than usual as a result of the social distancing measures that have been necessary to control the spread of the virus.
Staying safe and preventing loneliness
Older people are at greater risk of serious health problems from coronavirus. Here’s what you can do to stay safe, avoid feeling isolated and keep active at home.
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The Elderly and Disabled need urgent response's from the authorities in two respects, firstly the development of specific strategies to minimise the exposure of the elderly to infection. And secondly the application of ameliorative measures to assist them to cope with the pressure of the crisis.
With regards to the preventative measures, there should be a prescribed and dedicated period of attendance of only the elderly at public places, such as Supermarkets, Pharmacies and collectorates, the period of which is reserved could be fixed for the 1st business hour of each day.
Employers, both Private and Public sector should minimise their office time that Senior citizens are required to attend their offices.
The Corona Virus has had a devastating effect on the Elderly and Disabled in Jamaica, Isolation and Exclusion has reached a rocket high in the community with the lock down restrictions that have been put in place.
Jamaica Corona Virus Updated 13 October 2020, 15.32 local time.
Confirmed Deaths Recovered
7.813 146 3, 237
Jamaica update 21st October 2020
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