Mental Health Check for Seniors: How Has COVID-19 Been Impactful?

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April 19, 2021

Even with the rollout of vaccines and hope for returning to a normal lifestyle, there’s no denying that the pandemic has had a significant impact on society over the past year. With businesses shut down and many people under stay-home orders, we face an underlying crisis: the mental-health side effects that stem from social isolation.

How the Pandemic is Impacting Older Adults

Older adults have been at the highest right for COVID-19 complications, which is why so many people have been isolated from their families over the past year. Whether you feel the impact yourself or have loved ones who might be affected by isolation, it’s essential to do a mental health check. Identifying potential areas of concern opens up the opportunity to offer support for those who need a bit more help right now.

Here are some of the reasons why mental health concerns are having a more significant impact on older adults:

  • Digital Divide: While many seniors have learned new digital skills, many people don’t feel comfortable using technology for connection. An estimated 50% of seniors in a recent survey said that they’ve participated in no video-based socializing during the pandemic.
  • Ongoing Care: Fears of COVID-19 exposure in medical clinics impact people’s decisions to go to the doctor for regular checkups. As a result, some people are experiencing physical health challenges that can lead to an increased risk of mental health challenges as well.
  • Exercise and Mobility: Regular exercise is a critical step to support good mental health. With gyms closed and limited options for outdoor activities, some seniors are experiencing declining mobility from staying home for so long.

Support for the Future

What can we do to protect our friends and family from the increasing mental health concerns? The key is to maintain communication and connection safely. Be proactive about reaching out and checking in regularly. If there are signs of depression or mental health concerns, then support your loved one to seek care from a medical professional.

At Greenwald & Gerke, we offer unique services to help retirees enjoy a happy, healthy life in retirement. For more information about available support services in the area, call us today: (844) 782-9674.

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