Today, we'd like to share a few resources and stories that are devoted to helping older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic:
In Colorado Springs, Innovations in Aging is maintaining a clearinghouse of COVID-19-related information for seniors. It's a mix of locally relevant and universally practical information, such as a step-by-step guide to video calling family members.
Among a lot of resources mentioned (and linked to) in this LAist post is the Institute on Aging’s Friendship Line, a national, 24-hour, toll-free resource for people aged 60 years and older, and adults living with disabilities. It’s both a crisis intervention hotline and warmline for non-emergency support calls.
Vox.com has published a great story on technology that can help older adults stay connected to loved ones; safely obtain groceries and medicines; and release endorphins by exercising in their own home.
The AARP is hosting a live tele-town hall on caring for family members during the coronavirus crisis at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 26. In fact, it will be doing these town halls every week or the foreseeable future. Call 855.274.9507, or find out more by visiting this page of the AARP site.
And while this may not relate directly to mental health, the Federal Trade Commission has posted a page of tips devoted to avoiding coronavirus-related scams … which can be helpful for seniors, a popular target population.
If you know of other resources — for seniors or anyone else — that you'd like to see more widely shared, please let us know. Thank you!
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Occasional news items and tidbits from the office of NAMI Colorado Springs.