With the brand new coronavirus focusing on older adults, how can they greatest cope and the way can their grownup youngsters assist them?
Brian Carpenter, who’s a professor at Washington College in St. Louis, Mo., has given these questions a number of thought. Dr. Carpenter is a geropsychologist, which implies he makes a speciality of treating older adults. He’s additionally the son of oldsters ages 77 and 78, who dwell in upstate New York.
“I’ll admit I’ve been a type of ‘bossy’ grownup youngsters who has lectured his mother and father about social-distancing and hygiene, however have additionally shared suggestions about stress administration, staying bodily energetic whereas at residence, keep engaged intellectually. So I hope I’m practising what I’m preaching!” he says.
On the whole, older adults are resilient and shouldn’t be handled as frail and helpless, even when the pandemic has taken its biggest toll on these 65 and older, says Dr. Carpenter, who’s 55. “They’ve developed a collection of methods and expertise over their lifetime to assist them keep their well-being even within the face of continual sickness and life transitions like retirement,” he says.