These are some of the ways you can help senior citizens in your area:
Keep yourself well
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid crowds, keep your hands away from your face and clean frequently touched surfaces.
Practice social distance but not social isolation
Limit in-person visits. Social distancing doesn’t have to mean isolation or loneliness. Saying hello to the mail carrier or checking in on neighbors close by.
Technology for Staying Connected
Show them how to video chat with others using smartphones, laptops or tablets. Use apps on these devices to provide captions for adults with hearing challenges.
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- Give blood, if you can.
- Give money or food to food banks.
- Help people who shouldn’t leave home.
- Help set up technology for those who can’t leave home.
- Help young children in need.
- Strengthen the “health safety net” for low income and uninsured people.
- Share information responsibly, and support those who create good information.
- Connect with nature.
- Use art, music and exercise to distract yourself and relieve stress.
- Help yourself and others practice patience, kindness and understanding.
Here is a list of some senior centers that need our help, and what they need: