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Age-Friendly RI, an initiative of Rhode Island College, is a coalition of community and state agencies, healthcare and social service providers, individuals of all ages, advocacy and faith-based organizations, businesses, academic institutions and municipal leaders who are committed to healthy aging.  At this time, all of us are completely focused on doing what we can to help older Rhode Islanders come through the COVID-19 crisis safely with the information, support and care we need as we self-isolate and practice social distancing.

These are upside-down times.  The very things that we know promote healthy aging – getting out, being with other people, sharing a meal – are the very things we must avoid doing now in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Ensuring our community has the information we need, and that isolated older adults have food and attention, are paramount right now.

In this newsletter, we are passing along critical information about resources available to older adults and how to keep ourselves healthy and safe. At the top is an essential one-page resource from the Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging. Please share broadly with your networks, family, and friends.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help, or want to help.  We will continue to serve as a connector during this emergency, and support our strong state and community response.

You can reach us at info@agefriendlyri.org.  And please follow along on twitter @agefriendlyri.

Wishing you health, safety and connection at this most challenging time.

Office of Healthy Aging (OHA) creates list of local resources for older adults  

The Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging (OHA) is working closely with the Rhode Island Department of Health and Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency to coordinate the state’s response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Older Rhode Islanders and individuals with underlying conditions are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness. Governor Raimondo and the Rhode Island Department of Health are encouraging our higher-risk populations to practice social distancing during this time and use technology, whenever possible, to remain in touch with family and friends. Ensuring our older and at-risk neighbors who are in need have access to food and other vital resources is critical right now. OHA created this list to connect folks with community agencies who can help.
Download The Resource List

RIGCD publishes COVID-19 resource guide

The Rhode Island Governor's Commission on Disabilities (RIGCD) has created the RIGCD COVID-19 Resource Guide to assist our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. It contains information about accessing community resources, including those available for families with children, small business owners and employees, and individuals that fall within a high-risk population. We encourage you to share this guide within your community.
 

Have a resource you want to be disseminated?      

If you would like to share a resource, please send information to Alyssa.Gleason@gcd.ri.gov.
Download The Guide

Grants for COVID-19 response

Rhode Island Foundation and United Way of Rhode Island today announced that local nonprofit organizations at the forefront of COVID-19 response can apply for a COVID-19 Response Fund Grant; application information can be found here in Spanish.

The two organizations jointly established the COVID-19 Response Fund and in just a week the Foundation has raised over $3.3 million in initial contributions from many generous donors. For the current list of contributors please click here. Contributions to United Way stand at $735,000.  The fund total stands at just over $4 million, and will begin making grants as early as next week. 
 
Learn more about applying
Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced today it is making an additional $1 million available to efforts driven by community and to nonprofit organizations supporting older people affected by the coronavirus outbreak in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut.

They will continue to support healthy aging by funding organizations assisting with access to food, at-home support, housing, transportation, medical supplies and other services, especially for older people and those most vulnerable. 
 
Read the press release

Neronha warns RIers of price gouging, other scams during coronavirus outbreak

With the outbreak of coronavirus in Rhode Island and across the country, Attorney General Peter Neronha is warning Rhode Islanders to watch out potential scams or instances of price gouging stemming from the outbreak of coronavirus. If you notice or suspect price gouging, or think you have been a victim, contact the Consumer Protection Unit at (401) 274-4400 or fill out an online complaint form.

To learn more about what to know about the COVID-19 scams out there, as well as some precautionary measures you can take to avoid being scammed during the coronavirus outbreak, click the button below.
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Experts share information about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself

During the 90-minute live event on Thursday, March 19, at 1 pm government experts answered questions and addressed health concerns related to COVID-19. They shared information that can protect you from coronavirus scams and help you care for your loved ones during this time. Watch a recording of the session below. 

The impressive line-up of experts included:

  • Jay C. Butler, M.D., deputy director for infectious diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Daniel Kaufman, deputy director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission
  • Lance Robertson, assistant secretary for aging, Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 

Surface tension: How long does the coronavirus stick on various surfaces?

Anxiously wondering how long viruses can lurk on a surface before infecting someone? It depends on both the surface and the virus. Here’s how long the Covid-19 virus, according to a new study, sticks around on various surfaces:

  • On plastic: After eight hours only 10% of the virus was still there, but it didn’t become undetectable until after 72 hours.
  • On stainless steel: The numbers began plummeting after just four hours, becoming undetectable by about 48 hours. 
  • On copper: Undetectable by eight hours.
  • On cardboard: Undetectable by 48 hours. 

The take-home message: Thoroughly wash your hands after touching surfaces that anyone else might have touched — or don’t touch them in the first place.

What do you tell someone who still won’t stay home?

Government health agencies and other experts have repeatedly emphasized that the decisions people make about leaving the house and sanitizing their surroundings have a significant effect on how quickly the disease spreads.

But how to impress those stakes upon the youths who continue to party and the 60-somethings who still want to get a haircut? Joe Pinsker, a staff writer at the Atlantic, consulted a researcher who studies the psychology of pandemics, a public-health expert, and a clinical psychologist who specializes in families and relationships.

Click on the button below for their general tips—as well as an example script—for communicating with friends and loved ones who still aren’t taking the pandemic seriously enough.

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Tips from the GSA on the Do's and Dont's of Social Distancing

Download the full Infographic

Managing anxiety & stress during the COVID-19 outbreak

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Click the button below to read the CDC's tips on managing stress in yourself and others during this time.

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If you have questions about the new coronavirus (COVID-19), here is how to get answers:

• Visit the COVID-19 web page at: http://health.ri.gov/covid
• Email  RIDOH.COVID19Questions@health.ri.gov • Call our COVID-19 Hotline: 222-8022 (M-F 8:30a-4:30p)
• Call 211 after hours
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