HKFWS is always committed to promoting “Ageing in Place” and release new service initiatives. To support the elderly and their family members to live in a familiar place, our professional team shares some useful information and suggestions here to address the elders’ physical and psychological needs.

Against COVID

Under the COVID-19 pandemic, the physical and mental health of the elderly at home have been affected. Are there any tips for them to fight the virus?

People fear the COVID-19 pandemic and they are worried about they would be infected and the shortage of anti-epidemic supplies and daily necessities. People have to face more challenges, and the elderlies are no exception. To prevent infection in the community, people are advised not to go out even walks and exercises should be avoided. Reducing the number of exercises will not only weaken physical fitness, joint function and immunity, but also easily make the people feel depressed. We recommend the elderly to maintain daily routines and healthy habits as much as possible. Even if they stay at home, they can still have some stretching exercises to maintain their physical and mental health.

In addition, the elderly may receive different messages and pictures every day, which is difficult for them to distinguish between true and false. It is possible for them to receive unconfirmed information, blindly follow the wrong epidemic prevention advice or even share information with relatives and friends, which can easily stir much panic for themselves and others. Before receiving and forwarding information, you must first know the source of the information. In addition, if you feel worried after receiving too much information, please stop it and have some exercises, such as doing mindfulness and listening to music. You can also share your views with people around you and professionals such as social workers. Facing the pandemic, people should care and support each other. Phone calls can also reduce anxiety.

Source: Ms. To, Elderly Services Social Worker, Hong Kong Family Welfare Society