Rush County has many elderly residents. Most of them suffered through 15 long months of Covid-19 related isolation and forced inactivity, either at home or in long-term care facilities. It is not surprising when family members and caregivers become concerned about recent physical and mental changes they see in their loved ones. They are not alone.
According to a report by Kaiser Health, in the wake of the pandemic, physical therapists are seeing an increase in falls and balance issues among the elderly, as well as a loss of general mobility and functioning. Healthcare providers report that depression and cognitive issues are also common. Chronic disease conditions such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart failure have also gotten worse.
In the wake of the pandemic, it’s important that the elderly, as well as caregivers and family, be alert for signs of quarantine-related symptoms. Some of these symptoms can improve with physical therapy, proper disease management and other healthcare interventions. The isolation and inactivity of the pandemic were extremely difficult for the elderly. Many may need support to begin their recovery.