COVID-19 Self care information for People with Disabilities and Older Adults

The Administration for Community Living is maintaining resources for people with disabilities and older adults and the elderly

As guidance is updated, ACL will post or link to it on this page and share it through the ACL Updates email service.

In addition, ACL recommends following the guidance issued by state and local health departments, and watch the CDC website for the latest national information.

Early data suggest older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. This may be because immune systems change with age, making it harder to fight off diseases and infection. Older adults also are more likely to have underlying health conditions that make it harder to cope with and recover from illness.

In addition, people of all ages, with or without disabilities, seem to be at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19 if they have serious chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease.

Reducing exposure is especially important for people at higher risk of complications!

If you are at higher risk, CDC recommends that you:

  • Stay at home as much as possible if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.
  • Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time. CDC has great resources to help you plan.