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.

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NEW! Tribal Communities

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.

Develop a Care Plan

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.

Disability Groups and Risk

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.

NEW! Considerations for Memory Care Units in Long-term Care Facilities

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.

NEW! Key Strategies for Long-term Care Facilities

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.

Communication Resources

Videos in American Sign Language

COVID-19 guidance is available in American Sign Language on the CDC YouTube Channel. 20 videos are currently posted.

NEW! Digital Resources
After choir practice with one symptomatic person 87% of a group developed COVID-19
COVID-19 Spreads Easily (Article)
What you can do if you are at Higher Risk of Severe Illness from COVID-19 pdf icon
What You Can do if You are at Higher Risk (PDF)
8 out of 10 Deaths reported in the U.S. have been in adults 65 years and older
8 out of 10 Deaths (Image)
AARP's Coronavirus Information Tele-Town Hall
AARP's Coronavirus Information Tele-Town Hall (Video)