Thursday, July 09, 2020
A full 81% of Canadians who've died so far from COVID-19 were residents of long term care homes.
No question: we need to improve our standards of care in these residences. Better infection control, full time hours, PPE and wages for front line workers. And here's hoping that happens.
But in general it's also striking that LTC residents now tend to be much more frail than they were in previous generations. Regardless of age, people do stay at home (with community care support) until they require much more support with activities of daily living, whether because of physical or mental disabilities or both.
So: supposing we want to give ourselves the best possible chance of remaining strong and vital well into our ninth decades or longer: is there anything we can do to AVOID developing frailty?
A Stay ACTIVE
V Ensure all VACCINATIONS are up to date: for flu, for pneumonia, for shingles . .
O: OPTIMIZE medications with an (at least) annual medication review
I: INTERACT, stay IN TOUCH -- with family, friends: because social connection is vital
D: Be attentive to our DIET, for optimum nutrition and weight.
All right then . .. more of the same, and what most Sparkies are already doing. What we already knew, innately: because that's what feels good anyhow. But yeah: further motivation to keep on keeping on doing just that.
So we can do our individual part to AVOID frailty as long as possible and if it's possible to do so!!