Family and friends
Seek out support from family, friends, and colleagues whom you trust about the every-day challenges. Reach out to your support network, share your story, be honest about what you need (or don’t need) from them, and ask for help and assistance when you need it. Sometimes we are slow to ask for help, don’t be shy, think about how much you like to help others, and give your trusted friends and family a chance to help you in return. We are all in this together after all!
Council on the Ageing (COTA) Australia, National Seniors Australia, Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) and Dementia Australia have banded together, supported by the Commonwealth Government, to create the National COVID Older Persons Information Line.
Older people and carers are encouraged to call 1800 171 866 to speak to friendly, specially trained staff from a senior’s advocacy organisation.
Click here for more information about managing anxiety and managing mental health for older Adults, from the Australian Psychological Society.