Information for People at Higher Risk of Exposure to the Flu & COVID-19

Older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. Early data suggest older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness.

This may be because as people age, their immune systems change, making it harder for their body to fight off diseases and infection. Also, many older adults are also more likely to have underlying health conditions that make it harder to cope with and recover from illness.

If you are at increased risk for COVID-19 complications due to age or because you have a severe underlying medical condition, it is especially important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of exposure.

Consult with your health care provider for more information about monitoring your health for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.

  • Have medical supplies on hand
  • Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community and you need to stay home for a prolonged period of time.
  • If you cannot get extra medications, consider using mail-order for medications.
  • Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
  • Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Source: Centers for Disease Control

 

 

Take Extra Precautions To Limit Exposure To the Flu & COVID-19

If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, take extra measures to put distance between yourself and other people. The CDC released new language specific to individuals who are at higher risk of complications associated with cold, flu or viruses:

  • Stay at home as much as possible.
  • Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks
  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces
  • Make a plan for what to do if you get sick
  • Stay in touch with others by phone or email. You may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors, community health workers, etc. if you become sick.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
  • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
  • Watch for symptoms and emergency warning signs
  • Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
  • If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.

Source: Centers for Disease Control

BASC Prepares for Colds, Flu & COVID-19

Broken Arrow Senior Center Prepares for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

At the Broken Arrow Senior Center the health and safety of our members, guests and staff are our top priorities. With the recently elevated discussion regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the news, we want to take a moment to reinforce preventive safety measures.

As an activity center for adults over the age of 55, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the Tulsa Health Department and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We encourage everyone to practice good habits, including:

  • Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm. Yes, I realize that’s not the preferred method, but it is better than the alternatives.
  • As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. The Center has a minimum of one container of antibacterial wipes in each room in the Center.
  • If you are feeling sick, please stay home. Allow time to feel better so that you do not risk infecting others.
  • There is also some helpful information on the Tulsa Health Department website and Centers for Disease Control that can be useful in avoiding the spread of illness.

 

In addition, please remember that if people are sick, they should not be at the Center. You need to be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to Center after any illness. Keeping members, guest and staff home when they are sick is critical to prevention. Several members have already been asked to go home because of displaying signs of illness at the Center. This decision has been made because the health of all 2,500 members is hard to protect if someone selfishly shows up sick, thus infecting others.

Thanks, and we will keep you posted with further updates.

Sincerely,

Sean Simpson

President/CEO

 

Voice Your Opinion: Important Transportation Survey

Transportation represents a fundamental means of access to meet daily needs, which is essential for aging well. Older adults seek access to health care, grocery stores, pharmacies, work, houses of worship or their favorite senior activity center.

Driving is often the preferred mode of travel for older adults. However, the older we get, the more we limit our driving. Today, 20% of people age 65 and older report that they no longer drive compared to nearly 50% of people age 85 and older. The reason why could be related to medical issues, financial concerns or just a lack of interest.

Broken Arrow is looking to significantly improve access to public transit in the coming years. Part of the process involves asking the public to reflect on our current and future needs.

Have you ever thought about what would happen if driving your car was no longer an option? How would you continue to maintain your independence or continue with your daily routines? Who would you turn to for assistance?

What is the top priority for future public transportation investment for Broken Arrow? How should we expand public transportation routes in Broken Arrow?

These are a few questions I’ve been asking as a member of the commission conducting the Broken Arrow Transit Study. If you know me, you know I often say the thing other people are thinking. That’s why last month I said, “The current public transit options in BA aren’t cutting it, and, 10 years from now, if we maintain the status quo, we could see older adults struggle to meet basic transportation needs.”

The way people shop, work and go to medical appointments has changed, but our transportation system has not.

We want to know what our citizens already know about public transportation and what their needs are in Broken Arrow. This has never been as important as it is now, considering BA is forecasted to grow by more than 40% over the next 25 years, and the area’s transportation needs should keep up with that growth.

The city of Broken Arrow and Tulsa Transit (MTTA) are interested in hearing from you to help improve alternative transportation services in Broken Arrow. Your opinions are valuable and help prioritize future services. All surveys are confidential.

This month you have an opportunity to voice your opinion. We will make the Broken Arrow transit community survey available at www.baseniors.org as well as have printed copies to complete in our office. You can use the computers by the lounge to complete the survey while you’re at the Center. I hope you give your opinion so the voices of older adults in Broken Arrow are heard.