There are 4 risk factors that make older adults more prone to Covid-19 complications.

Statistics from the CDC show that 8 in 10 covid-19 deaths in the U.S have been among people 65 years and older.


Changing Immune System

The immune system which acts as the bodies defense system weakens with age. To stay healthy, the goal is to keep the immune system as strong as possible. This can be achieved by a healthy diet, an adequate amount of exercise, and stress reducing activities.


Weight plays an important role in immune response. Individuals who are obese are much more likely to become seriously ill from covid-19. Losing weight can help reduce the risk of covid-19 complications.

Underlying Health Conditions

Older people statistically are more likely to have a range of underlying health conditions. Many suffer from diabetes, heart disease, cancer and lung diseases that make it harder to fight off infectious diseases.

Isolation and Depression

Many older people have had to stay home to avoid contact with other’s preventing them from contracting covid-19. They have lost their social connections and going to activities that kept them engaged. Many older adults have lost their support systems, creating an environment where their physical condition becomes rundown and weak. They forget to eat or drink water, making them more susceptible to picking up infections. Studies have shown a link between social isolation and increased inflammation in the body.

Seniors need to stay home, but remain engaged, connecting with others to combat loneliness and feelings of isolation. Living a healthy lifestyle and practicing preventative measures, such as wearing a mask, washing hands frequently, and avoiding crowded areas are the best ways to prevent the spread of covid-19.

Jamie Shapiro