THE older people in our community may be physically vulnerable to Covid-19 but do not underestimate the emotional strength of our Silver Foxes and Silver Belles.

While physical fragility cannot be overlooked, older people possess a lifetime of experiences and wisdom resulting in incredible resilience.

Having spoken to friends and family members, I have been aware of an unflappable attitude and humbled by people ‘taking it in their stride.’

I have been informed of “The phone ringing off the hook” with offers of support and help, which reveals the quietly, hidden heroes in our communities. Experience of rationing, hardship and post-war Britain informs an ethos that there genuinely is enough food to go around.

The impact of church closures has been challenging for many people. The church represents not only an opportunity to honour religion and be spiritually nurtured but also represents a focal point for togetherness and regular socialising.

Church halls that housed clubs, groups and societies are no longer available, resulting in a radical lifestyle changes that could lead to low mood and feelings of loneliness.

Maintaining contact with people is probably far more valuable and appreciated than a doorstep food delivery.

Using powers of persuasion to encourage people to embrace technology to improve self sufficiency and open up social contact may be far more beneficial to wellbeing than practical help.

This vibrant sector of society are often proud and resolutely independent; be mindful of treading carefully and respectfully with offers of assistance.

The current COVID-19 crisis is history in the making. In years to come we will be the elder statesmen being asked where we were and how we coped.

This is not only a time to provide practical, emotional and social support for older community members, but an opportunity to listen and learn from them.