How to deal with COVID-19 when you are over 65

New ways of going shopping

Taking stock

What groceries and other essentials are they in need of and when?  Don’t encourage them to hoard but have a couple of week’s supply of the essentials.  It is likely that shelves will begin to be restocked properly in the next few week or so.  Encourage your parents to be more adventurous with food.  Talk about the new recipes you are using. People who are considered vulnerable should not do any grocery shopping even if there are special hours reserved for their age group.   Find someone locally to do a weekly shop for them if you live far away or order online and have it delivered.

Grocery deliveries

Have groceries delivered outside their front door if possible. Ask them to have no physical contact with the drivers.  The drivers do not want to be exposed either. Tip them online when you order if appropriate - they are a lifeline for many people. Unpack groceries carefully, wiping down flat surfaces after sanitizing plastic or glass containers.  Dispose of all plastic bags. Canned, bottled and dry goods that do not need to be refrigerated should be left untouched for 24 hours or so. 

Internet activity

The web is the new future of shopping for some people who will need to get over their distrust of online purchases.  Encourage them to only select from certain sites that you yourself use and know are trustworthy. Their natural suspicion can be a healthy characteristic.  The COVID-19 epidemic has produced many episodes of fraud against the elderly already. Be aware also of price increases that have little to do with the epidemic or cost of delivery.