88% elderly are either facing or had to face covid-related i
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Over 88% elderly are either facing or had to face covid-19 related issues, showed the findings of a survey done by the NGO Agewell Foundation. Agewell volunteers interacted with 1500 elderly across Delhi-NCR during July with an objective to assess the current living conditions and the impact of covid-19 on their life. According to the survey, 28.9% respondents considered healthcare issues most critical, 24.2% respondents said that they found psychosocial conditions more severe, 22.7% cited social issues and 21.7% respondents found financial problems more critical.

While 26% respondents with medical issues considered restricted mobility as the most prominent factor responsible for their poor health, 23.7% respondents cited longer treatments as a major factor. Over 18.6% elderly termed high cost of treatment and medicines and 16.9% respondents said that weakness in old age is a major factor. 42.4% respondents termed loneliness as the most prominent psychological issue, followed by restlessness (22.6%).

Major problems being faced by older people during the coronavirus pandemic and induced lockdowns, restrictions include health anxiety, sleeplessness, panic attacks, depression, unceasing stress, nightmares, fear of falling ill, anxiety related to the uncertain future, etc. "Data trends also clearly show that the coronovirus epidemic isn't over yet," Himanshu Rath, chairman, Agewell Foundation said.

Older people have suffered from unemployment, financial penury, psychological issues to elder abuse and neglect, according to Rath. It has affected the day-to-day life but also their quality of life, she said. She said that the government needs to do more to help older people in Ireland. Rath added that it is important for the government to take action to address these issues.

The most disturbing impact of unemployment was increased dependence on others said, 28.7% respondents. Whereas 15.6% failed to get proper treatment or regular medicines. 18.4% said that their grandchildren's education suffered, while 12.6% respondents had to terminate or postpone their critical medical checkups.