Pamela Lutrell, Editor of Over 50 Feeling 40

Get your coffee, sit down and let’s have a talk about 10 important responses women over 50 can have to the coronavirus situation right now. In just a short amount of time, our world has been rocked and our security shaken.  I work for a public university for strategic communications so I am well aware of monitoring coronavirus constantly and how fast changes are happening.  In fact, by the time this post goes live, who knows what all will change with travel, the economy, medical care, elder care, panic, and anxieties. Many are being stressed to the max and my heart goes out to those who are sick or have sick family members.  

Pamela Lutrell on Over 50 Feeling 40 says let's think differently

Since I dwell in the target group of highest concern, I personally am constantly asking myself…should I be doing this?  Should I be going to the gym, the mall, church, evenings out….work? Things I do everyday and take for granted I am now second guessing if I should do at all.


  1. Stay informed on local, national, and international news. For those who say “I don’t like to watch the news”, it is time you do. Listen carefully to what local, state, and national authorities are recommending.
  2. Prayerfully use common sense after learning what is happening daily. (I know it is tough to cancel trips, but maybe you should)
  3. Stay active – even if that means walking and working out at home. It is important we stay healthy even if we cannot go out to the gym, or classes we usually support. Keep moving and eating properly to take care of your good health if you are blessed to have it.
  4. Stay calm and do not panic. Panic can actually hurt your health.
  5. Be understanding. My grandchildren are not coming to visit as a protective measure for me and my husband.  I am sad about that, but also appreciative.
  6. Be understanding of all leaders…city, state, national, and business. They are in a very difficult place right now and few have experienced anything like this before.  They don’t need naysayers or critics.  They also do not need to be pressed for answers to questions they may not know.  Don’t waste time criticizing…if you can do it better send an email.
  7. Proactive planning. What do I need to have on hand to be in my home for a long time, or if I were to get sick?  (My husband pointed out that we currently do not have a working thermometer or humidifier)
  8. Be checking on people in your neighborhood or your community who you know to be alone. They may simply need someone to help process information with them or show up with a spring flower to brighten their day.  To say “I care about you,” can go a long way for mental health.
  9. Stay positive and patient.  I loved what Tom Hanks said once he found out he and his wife tested positive for the virus.  “Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?”  Living one day at a time is a positive and healthy way to live….live that one day to the fullest possible.
  10. I will stand on my faith and pray without ceasing. 



We talk daily here about shopping and most of our favorite retailers have already sent reassuring messages that stores are constantly deep cleaned, and hand sanitizer sitting throughout.  If you want to visit a store and you did not get an email from them, then contact them to make sure they have done these things.  But, remember, they are online… and keeping our economy healthy and robust is very important.

Just use YOUR best judgement when it comes to who you will patronize and when.  Tell us…How are you deciding what you should do and not do?


This virus is a moment-to-moment, evolving situation.  We have not been here before and we are all processing it together.  Here on Over 50 Feeling 40, I will keep life status quo as much as possible.  There will be mannequins to look at tomorrow, for Would You Wear It? and more fun posts for next week.  I do not believe I am to be anxious or weary on this site, but confident, hopeful and joyful.  Remember to


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