In the aftermath of the COVID pandemic, everything will change, says elder law attorney Jerry Taylor of Jerry Taylor Law in Fairhope, Alabama. Studies show seniors are uniquely vulnerable because their immune systems tend to deteriorate with age.
This makes it more difficult for them to battle COVID-19 and all infectious diseases. They’re also more likely to suffer other health conditions that make it tougher to fight or recover from illness. This will change how seniors live.
Telemedicine. Only 62% of people over seniors over 75 use the internet, and fewer than 28% are comfortable with social media, according to the Pew Research Center. The will change as a third of doctor visits will be telemedicine after COVID. 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 after COVID will be improved with a team of doctors. The team model allows physicians to see more patients more efficiently.
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-COVID 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 be more reluctant to work anywhere but from home after COVID. They will also continue to use the grocery and meal delivery services.
Public restrooms will be remodeled. To avoid germs, there will be more no-touch toilets, urinals, sinks and doors.
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