(By Abid Ali)
Senior citizens are the quickly aims of corona virus because they have less immunity rather than the younger. The main factor behind all these situation they have burden of diseases in them at that time and a weak target for it. Therefore, in these pandemic days.
Not only they have health issues in corona virus but also psychological as well.
Problems faced by them
- Mentally disorder
According to survey in china:
We carried out a survey on the psychological status of the elderly in China during the period of “COVID-19, using self-developed questionnaire which called Psychological Status of the seniors during COVID-19. The questionnaire examines several factors which include: gender, age, married status, educational status, living condition, chronic medical history, previous mental illness, whether there are confirmed Coronavirus cases around them, whether to receive trainings on pandemic related knowledge, PHQ-9 Questionnaire, and GAD-7 Questionnaire. GAD-7 and PHQ-9 both have shown validity and reliability in content and internal consistence (Sawaya et al., 2016). A total of 1556 samples were collected, which 602 cases are male, and 954 cases are female; 706 cases age from 60 to 64 years, 336 cases age from 65-69 years, 263 cases age from 70 to 74 years, 115 cases age from 75–79 years, 136 cases age at least 80 years. This survey represented that 37.1% of the seniors during COVID-19 experienced depression and anxiety.
“Society cares about the individual only so far as he is profitable”.
Simone de Beauvoir, “Old Age” (1970).
According to WHO:
Regarding older people and also those with underlying health conditions, having been identified as more vulnerable to COVID-19, and to be told that you are very vulnerable, can be extremely frightening and very fear-inducing. The psychological impacts for these populations can include anxiety and feeling stressed or angry. Its impacts can be particularly difficult for older people who may be experiencing cognitive decline or dementia. And some older people may already be socially isolated and experiencing loneliness which can worsen mental health.
On a positive note, there are many things that older people can initiate themselves or with the support of a career, if needed, to protect their mental health at this time. These include many of the strategies that we are advocating across the entire population, such as undertaking physical activity, keeping to routines or creating new ones, and engaging in activities which give a sense of achievement. Maintaining social connections is also important. Some older people may be familiar with digital methods and others may need guidance in how to use them. Once again, the mental health and psychosocial support services and other services that are relevant to this population must remain available at this time.
“Supporting and protecting older people living alone in the community is everyone’s business,” said
Dr. Hans Henri P. Kluge
Because seniors are the assets of our society, to keep them busy is the only business for the people who have senior citizens in their homes.
- Keep them busy.
- Play with them.
- Do not feel the alone.
- Do what will give them enjoyment or feel of comfort.
Quarantine them if they feel sick.
Put on the marks on face.
Say them to take shower daily.
When you to close them put on marks.
Sanities your hands as well.