Even before the pandemic, nearly a quarter of older Americans were socially isolated and about one-third of middle-aged and older adults experienced loneliness.
Patients need to take stock of the precautions providers are taking. This is especially true for older adults, who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.
Nationwide, more than 1.6 million older adults live in low-income housing, most in apartment buildings with shared spaces where the coronavirus might lurk.
Citing privacy, facilities often won’t disclose how many residents are infected. Unable to visit, families can’t see for themselves how loved ones are doing.
One by one, toward the end of March, residents of Enumclaw Health and Rehabilitation Center outside of Seattle started coming down with symptoms of COVID-19.
A study of a COVID-19 outbreak in a Seattle retirement center suggests that with older patients the decision to test should not rely solely on symptoms
Would your mom or dad fare better in the family home?
Are precautions of the sort the CDC has endorsed for people 60 and over really necessary? What about disease-free adults in their 60s and 70s?
Fifteen counties in Washington state have no ICU beds. Four have no hospitals at all.
The rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic is taking a particularly harsh toll on older people.
A significant portion of seniors are vulnerable. Outside of nursing homes, 15% of America’s 65-and-older population (more than 7 million seniors) is frail.
Rule changes center around visitors, screening, and precautionary measures.
Officials urge King County residents to take seriously the recommendations to limit social contacts and minimize the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
Health inspections regularly turn up lapses in infection control at nursing homes, which are cited more than any other type of deficiency.
Coronavirus infections at the Life Care Center of Kirkland, Washington, has left one resident dead and 4 others hospitalized, with 3 in critical condition