According to a report, about 20.8 percent of elderly people have lost their family members or friends due to corona and most of them believe that a better medical and health infrastructure could have saved these lives. This report has been prepared by surveying 3,526 elderly people in the country.
In view of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, HelpAge India released the findings of The Silent Tormentor: COVID-19 and the Elderly, a survey of six cities. The study surveyed 3,526 people in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Chennai.
20.8% of the people surveyed either lost their family members or friends to Corona. When asked what more could have been done to save the lives of these people, 50.8 percent said about better medical and health infrastructure, 44.4 per cent about the availability of vaccines and 38.7 per cent regarding timely availability of medicines and vaccines.
About 42.1 percent of the people were most worried about hospitalization due to corona infection. 34.2 percent of people were worried about being isolated. Another major concern was the growing financial dependence of these elders on others. 41.1 percent of those surveyed were dependent on their family members.
The study said that 52.2 percent of the elderly said that Covid greatly affected the income of the elderly. Job loss (34.9 percent) and salary cuts of family members (30.2 percent) are the main reasons for this.
It became difficult for the elderly to maintain their health during the pandemic. Of these, 52.4 percent were suffering from joint pain while 44.9 percent had difficulty in walking, 24.4 percent had poor vision and 13.8 percent had problems with remembering or were suffering from lack of concentration.
The study said that 58.2 percent of the elderly were aware that a vaccine had been developed, while 41.8 percent were not aware that a vaccine had been developed. Of the conscious, 78.7 percent of the elderly felt that vaccination was really important. It said that 66.6 percent of the elderly had received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine.
About 43.1 percent of the elders said that misbehavior with the elderly continues in society. 15.6 percent said they were victims of abuse. 62.1 percent of the elderly felt that during the corona, the risk of abuse has increased.
The abusers were sons (43.8 percent) and daughters-in-law (27.8 percent), while 14.2 percent said their daughters misbehaved with them. Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed, Mission Head - AgeCare, HelpAge India said that we received over 1,000 calls to our Elder Helpline regarding abuse, violence and disputes with elders in the second wave, which was 18 percent more than in the first wave.