COVID-19 Guidance for Older Adults
Older adults, 65 years and older, are at higher risk for severe illness. COVID-19 is a new disease and we are learning more about it every day. Information is available in multiple languages.
- NEW! Running Essential Errands Safely
- NEW! People Who Need to Take Extra Precautions
- NEW! Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups
- UPDATED! Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation
- Who is at Higher Risk?
- What You Can Do
- Symptoms of Coronavirus
- How to Protect Yourself
- What to Do If You Get Sick?
- Checklist for Your Home
American Indian/Alaska Native communities with multi-generational households or those in rural or tribal areas may experience unique challenges with social distancing, access to grocery stores, water, and local and tribal health services. Here are several steps individuals can take to keep your home and family safe.
Developing a care plan is vital during this crucial time in our country. A care plan is a form that summarizes a person’s health conditions and current treatments.
Some people with disabilities might be at a higher risk of infection or severe illness from COVID-19. Find out who may be at risk and how to protect yourself.
At least half of older adults living in long-term care facilities have cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. The first step in caring for people living with dementia in any setting is to understand that changes in behavior (e.g., increased agitation, confusion, sudden sadness) or worsening symptoms of dementia should be evaluated because they can be an indication of worsening stress and anxiety as well as COVID-19 or other infections.
COVID-19 cases have been reported in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and multiple U.S. territories; many having wide-spread community transmission. Given the high risk of spread once COVID-19 enters a long-term care facility (LTCF), facilities must act immediately to protect residents, families, and staff from serious illness, complications, and death.
- Key Strategies to Prepare for COVID-19 in Long Term Care Facilities
- Preparing for COVID-19: Long-term Care Facilities and Nursing Homes
- Preparedness Checklist for Facilities pdf icon[PDF – 1MB]
- Responding to COVID-19 in Nursing Homes
- Testing for COVID-19 in Nursing Homes
- Caring for Patients with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19
COVID-19 guidance is available in American Sign Language on the CDC YouTube Channel. 20 videos are currently posted.