It has been a very long two plus years for the entire world since the first restrictions were issued as Covid-19 began taking lives wherever it reared its nasty head. Everyone has been affected in some way or another, and some more so than others. Seniors often suffer the most simply because of their age, oftentimes failing health, and sometimes limited mobility.
They are also among the most vulnerable in society because of their age with all the comorbidities that go along with being elderly and not in the best of health to begin with. What has this meant for them now that it seems as though it may be slacking off to some extent? What is their lifestyle like today and is there anything they can do about a quality of life going forward? Those questions beg an answer.
How Restrictions Impacted Their Lives
Many of the things that seniors were able to do prior to the pandemic were no longer available to them. Many local stores were shut down, and some were hit hard enough to force them into closing their doors forever. There was a major break in the supply chain so even the supermarkets and pharmacies that remained open often had limited supplies on their shelves.
Even the stores still open were affected by the inability to get resources where they were needed, which left an already vulnerable portion of society at an even greater disadvantage. Indeed, our seniors suffered greatly during this time of restrictions, and many continue to suffer today.
Re-Thinking the Benefits of Senior Living
The saddest part of all is that many elderly people did succumb to the virus which often left spouses alone in a world turned upside down. Whether they live in rural areas of the Southeast or metropolitan areas in the Pacific Northwest, the quandary remains. Should they continue to face life alone or would senior living Georgia communities like those at Belmont Village be the best solution?
With levels of senior care available from independent living to assisted living and memory care, it may be time to seriously consider entering that new phase of life. There is no need to struggle alone when there is a community of others facing the same struggles we have faced and are building a community of people who are working their way through it together.
Isolation Is No Way to Live
In the end, it’s all about facing another outbreak, should one occur, alone. After the better part of two years spent in isolation because of both the restrictions and a predisposition to contracting the virus, it’s time to face the very real possibility of a variant or subvariant forcing even stronger restrictions on us going forward. We have learned that living in isolation is no way to live.
Whether you are left deciding what to do with the rest of your life or are struggling to make a decision for loved ones in your care, remember, living in isolation is not living. Senior living communities are doing well and offering our seniors hope for their future. Isn’t it time we gave them that hope?