The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted seniors more than any other group. Seniors are particularly vulnerable because they are likely to have a weaker immune system and underlying health conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, or respiratory illnesses. A weak immune system, along with these conditions, can raise the risk of contracting the virus.
According to the World Health Organization, as of April 2020, more than 95% of the people who succumbed to COVID-19 and lost their lives were aged over 60 years, with half of them being over 80 years of age. In India, this number has been 51% of all the death cases in the country.
Here are some difficulties that seniors are facing during these trying times.
Dealing with Preventative Measures
Older adults have limited mobility. This limitation became enhanced with having to socially distance from others for their safety and protection. It has had a direct impact on their mental and emotional well-being. Seniors normally require constant stimulation and socialization to get the most of their daily routine. With the spread of COVID-19, these seniors feel isolated, with no sense of community and belonging and no routine outdoor activities to help them feel better.
With social distancing measures in place, many seniors have increased the time they spend on their phones and the internet to stay connected with their families. While this has helped them keep in touch with their loved ones, it has also exposed them to rumors, fake news, and unreliable information that has instilled fear in their minds about the pandemic. All these sources of misinformation induce anxiety and stress leading to cardiovascular stress.
Physical and Mental Well-being
A person’s mental and physical health is inextricably linked—one impacting the other in myriad ways. Social distancing during the pandemic has caused seniors to isolate and, at times, even develop depression. The bad news about the number of cases, number of deaths, and several conspiracy theories have increased stress and induced hypertension and blood sugar levels.
With so much uncertainty and anxiety around the virus, it comes as no surprise that you’re stressed about your elder’s health and well-being. Forewarned is forearmed! At SenOcare, we care for you and your elders. That’s why we’re running a FREE VITALS CHECK-UP drive from the 9th to the 19th of January 2021. Contact us, and our team will conduct a complimentary Vitals Checkup for your elders in the safety and comfort of their residence. A small step to ensure that your elders stay in the best of health and are prepared to fight not just this virus but other health challenges too.
SenOcare provides comprehensive elder care services at home across multiple cities, including Delhi, Gurgaon, and Noida. You can choose from various care packages designed to support senior citizens or customize a package that caters to your specific requirements.
SenOcare can also arrange a tele-consult for your parents and you with a doctor, so you can ask questions and make informed decisions. We offer a range of services related to health and fitness, home security and maintenance for elderly, technology help for elderly, forms and filing, and more.
Call us today on +91 8800 003 046 or email us at [email protected].
We’ll be happy to help.