Senior Citizens Coping With Covid-19

The coronavirus has taken away the senior citizen’s main outlet.
Published: Sep. 2, 2020 at 10:16 AM CDT
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TAYLOR, Ala. (WTVY) -Our most vulnerable population is having a difficult time adjusting to the new normal.

The coronavirus and no access to their daily social setting has had a negative impact on the senior citizen population. Many of them grew used to going to the senior center with her friends.

A senior citizen, Kay Davis said, “You know I’ve had to stay home because of my age.”

But if Kay Davis had it her way she would be sitting with her friends in the Taylor Senior Citizens Center and she’s not the only one who wants to be back.

Waynell Brooks shares Davis’ feeling. “I just hope all this ends soon and the virus can all go away we can get rid of it and get back to the regular stuff.”

Waynell Brooks and Kay Davis are just a few of the seniors who have had to resort to the limited contact they get when they pick up their meals each day. In order to keep the seniors fed and get them out of the house the center has created a drive up food pick up.

The senior center Director Amanda Henderson said, “Before they were here two to three hours a day now its been cut to just a few minutes a day.”

In order to encourage the seniors they’ve gotten to know and love they’ve put out signs so that when they come to pick out their food they know just how important they are.

Davis said, “It’s been terrible not being able to come here because a lot of us this is our outlet and we can go and have fun and we’ve got a crazy person that runs it by the name of Amanda… but shes the best that we’ve ever had we just miss the company you know the camaraderie and the different things we get to do. I wish they would open it up next week but they wont.”

That camaraderie is vitally important for the senior population.

“We have some we worry about because their mental health has kind of declined in areas because they’ve been secluded,” Henderson said.

A room that was once filled with laughter and voices is now quiet and empty.

Henderson said, “Now that part of their life has been put on hold indefinitely.”

Although the center can’t open their doors yet, they know something is better than nothing.

“Even if they can just come up here for a few minutes… they see us, they smile we joke we kid around the signs they see something it just reinforces that we love them and that we’re here for them and that we’re doing what we can. I think as long as we can continue to do that we can get through it together,” Henderson.

The center understands the importance they have with the elderly community and encourages you to reach out to your local senior center to see what help they need.

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