Experts say that in the aftermath of the COVID pandemic, everything will change, especially for seniors. Considerable’s recent article entitled “20 ways life after 60 will change post-pandemic” says that seniors are uniquely vulnerable to infectious diseases because our immune systems tend to weaken with age.
This makes it more difficult for them to battle COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. They’re also more likely to suffer other health conditions that make it tougher to fight or recover from illness. Senior Adults, and those with compromised immune systems may continue to wear masks, especially during cold & flu season.
Many of these post-COVID changes may benefit people of all ages. A few of the changes listed in the article include:
Telemedicine is here to stay. Currently about 62% of people over 75 use the internet, according to the Pew Research Center. This will increase as seniors become more comfortable with videoconferencing with their medical team. Experts predict that at least a third of doctors’ visits will be held via teleconference, however, seniors may “see” their doctors more often than once a year for a checkup and benefit from improved overall health care.
Seniors will have many doctors not just one. More regular remote care by telemedicine will be improved with a team of doctors. The team model allows physicians to see more patients more efficiently. Digital health records will enable physicians to collaborate more effectively and improve patient care.
Technology at home will collect lab samples. Older Americans will soon have special devices at home to regularly analyze urine and fecal samples, allowing them to avoid the doctor’s office.
Regional and local travel will replace foreign travel. Seniors will be much less inclined to travel abroad post-pandemic because they want to avoid large concentrations of people. Visiting grandchildren will instead be the top travel destination.
Hotels will offer medical care. Medical capability will be added to more travel options, such as hotels with a doctor on-site or nearby.
Cruises will require proof of vaccination. Passengers and ship employees will likely have to demonstrate that they’ve been vaccinated before setting sail.
Older workers will stay home. Seniors will take advantage of work-from-home employment options. They will also continue to use the grocery pick up and meal delivery services.
Public restrooms will be remodeled. To avoid germs, there will be more no-touch toilets, urinals, sinks and doors.
Reference: Considerable (Oct. 28, 2020) “20 ways life after 60 will change post-pandemic”