Helping Older Neighbors During the COVID-19 Pandemic 4 Things You Can Do

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As we shelter in place while the spread of COVID-19 continues, many of us are now asking, how can be we be of service to the older people in our lives, whether they are relatives, clients, neighbors or freinds -- while still protecting our their health and safety? It's been well documented that older adults are at higher risk for serious complications from COVID-19. We also know that social isolation among the older adult population is itself a significant threat to health and well-being -- and one that's likely to be amplified by the necessary measures put into place to slow the spread of the pandemic. These include New York State on PAUSE and Matilda’s Law, which aim to protect the state's higher-risk residents, including those age 70 and older.

The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM)'s Healthy Aging team has developed a series of resources to provide guidance on supporting older adults in this time of need. Here are 4 things you and your community can do right now:

1. Reach Out to Your Neighbors

There are a number of easy, low-tech ways to reach out to and assist your older neighbors. We've compiled a guide to help you support older adults who live in New York City as well as around the country.

2. Use the IMAGE: NYC Map

IMAGE: NYC, the Interactive Map of Aging, can be used to identify neighborhoods with large concentrations of people who may be at higher risk of infection. We've compiled a list of maps that highlight neighborhoods with specific socio-demographic risk factors for severe COVID-19 outcomes.


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