July 1, 2020
Seniors need home health access more than ever
While the Sunshine State has been a haven for seniors to live out their golden years, the COVID-19 national health emergency is creating unprecedented challenges for Florida’s growing population of seniors — and the health-care professionals who serve them.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 80 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the United States have been in adults 65 years old and older, while three-quarters of patients hospitalized with the novel coronavirus are over age 50, as of June 25.
Older Americans living with serious chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory illness are even more vulnerable to COVID-19. Needless to say, too many seniors have lost their lives to this virus, a tragic development whose effects will be felt for years to come.