Council on the Ageing (COTA) Australia has endorsed Government advice that all older people should remain at home as much as possible and to take precautions when outside their home.
COTA Australia Chief Executive, Ian Yates AM, said the Prime Minister’s advice for all Australians over 70, all Indigenous Australians over 50 and any Australia over 60 with a chronic illness, to primarily stay in their home was a sensible, measured approach to an evolving situation.
“The Government has most strongly advised everyone over the age of 70 to stay home for their own protection,” Mr Yates said.
“However, this does not mean that older Australians should shut themselves in their homes and not go outside at all. Exercise and fresh air are critical for keeping people healthy, and for mental health and wellbeing.”
He advised that with precautions older people can still walk the dog, go for a walk by themselves, or undertake other regular activities that will help to maintain their muscles and fitness, and enjoy the outdoors in a safe way.
They should also continue to shop for essentials where it is not possible for someone else to do this for them, but they should also consider trying out online ordering and home delivery if they have access to the internet.
The Government has also boosted telehealth resources so people can see a doctor online rather than visiting a medical centre. It has also delivered funding increases to the Community Visitor Scheme and Meals on Wheels to assist vulnerable and isolated consumers get the emotional and practical support they need.
COTA is providing regular updates for older Australians about COVID-19 here.
Source: Council on the Ageing (COTA)
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