CASPER, Wyo. — The AARP announced on Wenesday, March 25 that they have launching a new online platform called AARP Community Connections.
That platform aims to help people “organize and find local volunteer groups to help pick up groceries, provide financial assistance or lend emotional support to neighbors, friends and loved ones.”
“Across the country, these informal online groups—also called ‘mutual aid’ groups—help communities stay connected at a time when people must practice social distancing to stay safe,” AARP said in a release.
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The platform is free and AARP membership is not required.
“In this time of uncertainty, we are remaining firm in our commitment to assisting those age 50+, their families and connections,” said AARP Wyoming State Director Sam Shumway. “Across the country, people are informally organizing online mutual aid groups to stay connected, share ideas, and help those most affected by COVID-19. We want to ensure that these resources are readily available and known.”
AARP says the Community Connections platform includes resources to hep people who are struggling with feelings of isolation, depression and anxiety.
People can do the following using the platform:
Request a call from an AARP volunteer, or a trained counselor;
Easily create an account with Savo to make connecting with their families easier;
Join “The Mighty,” a safe, supportive online community for people facing health challenges and their caregivers.AARP
“Social isolation was a common problem, even before the coronavirus pandemic: A 2020 study, published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and supported by AARP Foundation, reported 43 percent of adults age 60 or older said they had felt lonely,” the release adds. “And, while social isolation and loneliness are serious health issues by themselves, they can also exacerbate existing health problems, such as lung disease, heart disease and diabetes.”
“AARP Community Connections helps people reach out to volunteers in their community who are willing to help their neighbors with their unique needs.”
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What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.
If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.
Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.
For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: email@example.com
- Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.