We're All Worried About Our Older Parents During COVID-19. How Can We Help Keep Them Safe?

Updated: Aug 23, 2020

Canadians begin to worry about their parents' safety and well-being when they reach the age of 67, on average—and we worry a great deal now more than ever, according to new Alarm.com research. The added uncertainty of Covid-19 has added an extra heavy burden to those of us with senior loved ones.

The traditional solution to keeping our parents safe, most agree, is to check in with them more often. However with reduced social contact it makes it harder to connect in person.

Many families who's parents require assistance or extra care are struggling to spend time at home with them to reduce contact with help from outside of the family.

However, new technology is helping families to bridge the gap and stay connected.

Here's everything that we discovered about the anxieties and possible solutions in connection with recent research from our partners at Alarm.com.

1: Worries about older parents are widespread and frequent.

On average, we start worrying about our parents when they turn 67, and we worry about them five times a week.

Our most common concerns are their health, physical distance, vulnerability to crime, and the fear that they'll suffer problems in silence.

The top five worries about parents aged 60 and older: 

  • Physical health and wellbeing (44%)

  • Living too far away for us to help them in an emergency (36%)

  • Mental and emotional wellbeing (36%)

  • They'll experience a problem but won't let us know (33%)