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The Effect of COVID-19 and Mental Health Part 3 of 4

In the third part of this four part series, we will explore two additional groups of people and how to best support their mental health during COVID-19.

Older People

According to the CDC, adults 65 and over are at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. This can cause a lot of stress and anxiety in an already tough situation. 

Those with chronic illnesses

These people are already under some amount of stress keeping their disease under control with proper medication management and coordinating doctor’s appointments.

People with underlying medical problems should stay home when possible. These include lung disease, heart conditions and those who are in cancer treatment. Those with diabetes or kidney disease are also at risk. This can be a huge adjustment to their routine. Relying on other people for errands can begin to wear on someone that is usually independent.

What can you do?

  1. Encourage them to take breaks from the news.
    • Reliable data sources like the CDC’s website reports fact-based information not sensationalized for ratings.
  2. Help them create a routine to exercise regularly.
    • Even just two, 30-minute walks can help relieve stress.
  3. Connect with your loved ones often and over video so it feels more personal when you call.

If you or someone you know is working through a mental health disorder, please contact Lifeline Connections. You can visit our Services & Locations page or call (360) 397-8246. We offer individualized mental health programs for your needs. These may include individual or group therapy, peer support and other wellness activities.

Our caring mental health professionals will be with you every step of your journey. Learn more about our mental health programs.

Sources:

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/chronic-illness-mental-health/index.shtml

https://www.cdc.gov/aging/covid19-guidance.html

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