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People across the world are adjusting to life in the wake of COVID-19. Many find that having an excess of news and information only increases anxiety. This guide outlines some helpful facts and activities for seniors in the Columbia, Missouri area.
According to the CDC’s website, older adults and people who have underlying medical conditions may be at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Symptoms of the virus can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you experience trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure to the chest, confusion or bluish lips or face, seek medical attention.
Staying home, washing your hands, avoiding close contact with others (6 feet) and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces are a few ways to protect yourself from COVID-19.
At Home Activities
While you may find yourself spending more time at home this spring, there are still a variety of ways to keep your mind and body in shape!
- Maintain a Schedule
Maintaining a schedule is a great way to get started for a productive day! Simple daily activities like making your bed, showering, brushing your hair and getting dressed for the day will help you retain normalcy. Organizing yourself at the start of the day ensures you start off on the right foot!
- Learn an Online Game
Cardgames.io is an excellent resource with a variety of free card games. Solitaire, Gin Rummy, Go Fish, Pinochle and Hearts are just a few of the many games you can keep yourself entertained with in the comfort of your home.
- Practice Yoga
Yoga is a great way to exercise the mind and the body. Many yoga studios are offering free, online classes! A daily yoga class keeps you active at home.
Grocery Store Delivery Services
Grocery delivery is a great option for seniors who are staying indoors. Instacart is a website that offers grocery delivery from a variety of different Columbia grocery stores. Groceries can be delivered to your door in one hour, with no contact required. Along with Instacart, Walmart Pickup is a service offered at the Walmart in Broadway Market Place.
Along with grocery delivery, Columbia grocery stores are offering special hours designated for senior shopping. Below is a list of grocery stores offering these services.
- Walmart: On Tuesdays, Walmart will be open one hour early for customers age 60 and older.
- Aldi: On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aldi’s first hour open will be reserved for seniors.
- Hy-Vee: Hy-Vee will be reserved for seniors 60 and older from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. daily.