Spreading simple health messages for older Australians

Lanying Rao pictured at the WSLHD Population Health Stepping On program at Greystanes Library.

Stay safe, stay healthy and stay connected is the message to older Australians from the Centre for Population Health at Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD).

COVID-19 has brought many rapid changes to the way we live and work, and while many of us are able to easily access the latest health information from trusted sources online, older people may now be less connected to family and unfamiliar with the internet.

Many of their regular face to face activities and wellbeing programs have also been suspended, leaving many vulnerable older adults in need of extra support.  

In response, the Centre’s Healthy Older People team has created some easy-to-understand COVID-19 fact sheets focused on three key messages: to stay safe, stay healthy and stay connected. 

Each fact sheet provides clear information for older adults on what they can do to stay well in these challenging and often confusing times.

“With news stories often creating uncertainty, these fact sheets offer clear and easy to follow guidance on topics such as going out, medication, safe hygiene, medical care, being active and mental wellbeing,” Healthy Older People program officer Stephen Gammack said.

The resources are one of a range of initiatives underway to keep contact with older adults who have taken part in our community programs.

“Our aim is to provide a vital link to support older adults with healthy choices during COVID-19,” Stephen said.

The team will deliver more information to local older community members over the coming weeks on topics including ‘Staying Active at Home’, ‘Safety in the Home’ and ‘Healthy food and drink choices’.

The fact sheets are available online now in English, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi and Punjabi at the Population Health website.

For more information on these fact sheets please contact the Healthy Older People team on 0434 023 098, or email kitty.kaur@health.nsw.gov.au or stephen.gammack@health.nsw.gov.au.