Have you gotten the COVID-19 vaccination but still feel hesitant about returning to some semblance of normalcy? While getting vaccinated against the coronavirus can help protect you from others who carry the virus, you may still feel a little uncertain about getting out and about once again, especially if you are immunocompromised. This senior living guide to life after vaccination can help you get back to enjoying life while staying safe.
At SeniorSmart, we realize that seniors may feel somewhat more vulnerable than other populations during the pandemic. We are here to help answer any questions you may have about your health and safety as the world goes through the process of reopening. Our members enjoy the valuable resources we provide to enhance their senior lifestyle. To get started with a SeniorSmart membership so you can enjoy the full range of benefits, give us a call today at 205.460.1124.
Senior Health and Wellness After the COVID-19 Vaccination
Two weeks after you have received the second shot of the COVID-19 vaccination, you are considered to be safe to resume normal activities without wearing a mask. Many of us have spent a lot more time in our homes and are itching to get out and enjoy life once again. Getting the vaccination can put your mind at ease, but some other factors can help boost senior health and wellness:
- It is always smart to avoid coming into contact with others who are sick, whether or not it is COVID-related.
- Choose outdoor activities when possible to get some fresh air and sunshine.
- Eat a healthy diet to support your immune system.
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
If you are immunocompromised, it is recommended that you take the same precautions as someone who is not vaccinated. This means avoiding crowded places and wearing a mask, especially when social distancing is not possible. If you are feeling unwell, it is best to remain home until you no longer show symptoms. You may also wish to get tested for COVID-19 periodically if you have any concerns.
Outdoor Senior Activities Can Be the Safest
Take advantage of outdoor activities as the weather warms up. Being outdoors is typically one of the safest environments for avoiding the spread of illness, whether it be COVID-19, the flu, or even the common cold. Getting fresh air and a little sun is beneficial for your immune system, making outdoor activities the perfect option for having a good time while staying safe. Here are some fun activities to enjoy outdoors:
- Having a picnic at the park
- Visiting a farmers’ market
- Going to the beach
- Attending a fair or festival
- Dining al fresco
- Trying an outdoor exercise class
Be More Selective About Indoor Senior Activities
While outdoor activities can be the safest option for seniors who have received the COVID-19 vaccination, there are still other options for those rainy or excessively hot days. If you are looking for indoor senior activities that are safe, here are some ideas:
- Attending small gatherings such as brunch with family members
- Attending appointments for personal care such as the hair salon or nail salon
- Going to an uncrowded attraction, such as a shopping mall, museum, or aquarium
SeniorSmart: Supporting Your Safe, Healthy Senior Lifestyle
After more than a year of spending an unprecedented amount of time at home, it is understandable that you may be feeling a little isolated. For optimal senior health and wellness, staying connected to others is essential. Getting back out into the world may be good for your well-being, but be sure to practice precautions that make sense for your personal situation. SeniorSmart understands the concerns that seniors may have when venturing back out into public, and we are here to answer any questions you have. Reach out to us at 205.460.1124 for more information about the support and concierge level services our members receive.