Positive Ageing - don't be afraid to ask for help


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Positive Ageing - don't be afraid to ask for help

  • Date 11:07 AM Thursday 9 April 2020
  • Type COVID-19

If you are over 70 and/or have an existing medical condition you are more vulnerable to COVID-19. Therefore, it’s important that you know how to access help during the lockdown period.

There is a range of help at hand for people in our community including assistance with shopping. If you’re over 70 or have a medical condition you’re advised not to go to the grocery store. Instead, contact your local supermarket, which will generally prioritise grocery deliveries to you. You can also reach out to friends, family and neighbours to help deliver supplies.

The same goes for prescriptions. Call your doctor in the first instance to find out whether you need to pick up your prescription or whether it will be delivered. While it’s important elderly and at-risk people stay at home and in their bubble to protect themselves and reduce the spread of COVID-19, getting some fresh air is also important.

Spend a few minutes each day sitting outside, doing chores or walking around your garden. Spending time outdoors can make you feel better and is important for good mental health.

If you or someone you know needs assistance to access the essentials, please don’t hesitate to ask. You can phone Marlborough Welfare Support on Ph: 03 520 7400 or email: welfare@marlboroughcdem.co.nz

If you are feeling unwell please contact your GP or phone Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms please phone the dedicated COVID-19 Healthline number: 0800 358 5453.