Adults 65 and over

Resources for adults 65+

People over 65 years old, and people with underlying health conditions, are at higher risk of complications from COVID-19. The most important step you can take is to protect yourself. Here are some resources to help you during this time. 

Q&A series for older Washingtonians

A Question and Answer miniseries, created by the State Joint information Center, AARP, and TVW, answers questions from seniors around Washington State about how to stay healthy and maintain connections with loved ones during the pandemic. Episodes include interviews with the governor, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Secretary of Health John Wiesman and numerous other experts. You can watch videos from the series here.

Important information

Staying Connected

If you feel sick

Tips on what to do if you feel sick. If you think you have COVID-19, use this screening tool to assess your symptoms.

Risk factors and chronic conditions

People with underlying health conditions have a greater risk of complications from COVID-19.

Food and medication

Grocery stores and pharmacies are open. Many offer special shopping hours, pickup services, and delivery services. Call your local store to ask about their services. If you visit a store, avoid close contact and consider wearing a face covering. Many restaurants offer carry-out or delivery options. Visit our Food Assistance webpage.

Poison prevention hotline. Social distancing measures combined with decreased access to basic needs and services can disrupt routines and cause stress and anxiety. This can put older adults at higher risk of accidental or intentional poisoning due to medication errors, self-medication and more. If you have questions or need help, call the Washington Poison Center helpline at 1-800-222-1222 or visit www.wapc.org.

Nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult family homes

Visits to all long-term care facilities are restricted. Use Washington’s Facility location and visitor status finder for information about a specific facility. Additionally, the State of Washington has launched a phone hotline for questions about long-term care facilities; call 888-856-5691 (open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily).

Hearing loss and deafness

Memory and cognitive impairment

LGBTQ+

Visit the National Resource Center for LGBT and Aging

Scams, price gouging, and misinformation

Bad actors want to exploit confusion about the coronavirus. Safeguard personal and financial information. Report fraud and price gouging to 866-720-5721 or at the Office of the Attorney General website. Tips on avoiding scams

Mental and well emotional support

It is normal to feel anxious, lonely, or depressed right now. There are many resources and organizations that can help.

Physical well being

Resources available for physical well being.