“The situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing rapidly, and the National Council on Aging is taking proactive steps to share the best information we have to protect the public’s health, especially among older adults. Now is the time to stay informed and follow basic tips to protect yourself and those around you.
“Older Adults at Higher Risk
“The CDC has identified older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. According to the CDC, early data suggest older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness.
“This is likely because as people age, their immune systems change, making it harder for their body to fight off diseases and infection, and because many older adults are also more likely to have underlying health conditions that make it harder to cope with and recover from illness. Age increases the risk that the respiratory system or lungs will shut down when an older person has COVID-19 disease.
I really miss the volunteering at local elementary schools. I did 6 hours a day, 2 different schools. Helping both the teachers and kiddos. I did this for 10 years. Although I keep busy with creating beaded jewelry. I am a people person. I am 77 and not willing to sit home. Right now it is difficult for me to find volunteering. I am faced with ageism when I apply for any position. Most positions ask you to apply online. When I put my year of birth, it seems that all they can see is a little old lady.