COVID-19 Resources for Older Adults and Organizations

Thanks Mom & Dad Fund is working closely with community partners to monitor unmet needs. During this time of uncertainty we wanted to provide some resources to help older adults and those who care for them stay engaged. Be sure to follow Thanks Mom & Dad Fund on Facebook for ideas to stay engaged.

The Centers for Disease Control have an updated website with resources for older adults. From making care plans to using face masks. Visit the CDC’s COVID-19 Guidance for Older Adults webpage. 

The National Council on Aging held a webinar reviewing options for reaching older adults during the pandemic:

Other Virtual Programming Ideas:

Internet connections and technology are not available to all seniors. For those who have access to the internet some virtual resources and new ideas are available. A few examples are:
  • A local senior center in Georgia created a private Facebook page for members who are online to connect. You can check out Facebook’s help center here to learn more.
  • Several organizations are posting regular videos of classes such as tai chi or chair yoga online to help older adults stay active at home.
  • Museums are hosting virtual tours. Check out Google Arts & Culture for locations across the globe you can tour for free.
Be sure to follow Thanks Mom & Dad Fund on Facebook for other ideas you can share!
Alternatives to Virtual Programming
  • Telephone reassurance programs help overcome technology barriers by connecting volunteers to make regular or even daily phone calls.
  • Partnering with local schools or faith-based organizations to send cards or letters to older adults in the community.
  • Mutual aid societies are a potential resource to connect people. AARP’s Community Connections is a resource to learn more about this movement.