Social connection and practical support are always important for the wellbeing of older people, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, they are more important than ever.
Older people make up a significant proportion of Australia’s population. And as well as being at greater risk of serious illness if they have COVID-19, some are at increased risk of becoming isolated and vulnerable while physical distancing restrictions continue.
For those who live alone, are on a fixed income, can no longer get around independently, or have undiagnosed or poorly managed mental health conditions, regular and reliable support is vital.
Here, we look at some of the ways you can support older people, from family to friends, colleagues to neighbours.