NGO survey finds healthcare psychosocial issues were critical to elderly during 2nd Covid wave

  • | Thursday | 5th August, 2021

New Delhi August 5Nearly 29 per cent of the elderly population covered in a survey in Delhi-NCR said healthcare issues were the most critical during the second wave of Covid-19 while 24.2 per cent of them found psychosocial conditions more critical according to an NGO. Under the survey Agewell volunteers interacted with 1500 elderly people in July. Over 42 per cent of the respondents termed sense of loneliness/isolation as the most prominent psychological issue followed by restlessness (22.6 per cent) according to the survey report. "Most disturbing impact of increased unemployment/joblessness was increased dependence on others as per 28.7% elderly respondents" it stated. Among the respondents 12.6 per cent claimed that they had to terminate/postpone their critical medical checkups due to the pandemic the NGO said.

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