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Study: Covid deaths have affected 82% of the elderly with anxiety | India News

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NEW DELHI: Loneliness and a deepening sense of uncertainty have hit older people like never before during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to analysis based on interactions with more than 5,000 seniors over the past month by Agewell Foundation volunteers. It has published data to point out mental health problems with more than 82% of the elderly complaining of anxiety due to the increase in Covid-19 cases and the victims around them.
About 70.2% of those surveyed suffered from insomnia or insomnia or nightmares due to poor sleep quality. During the last month, it was also found that 63% of the elderly developed symptoms of depression due to loneliness and social isolation and incessant stress.The analysis is based on feedback collected between April 10 and May 10.
More than half (55%) of the elderly said they also feel weak and fatigued due to lifestyle changes, restrictions, and other factors. At the same time, more than 52% complained of loss of appetite.
Agewell Foundation founder Himanshu Rath said: “Over the past month, there was an overall 50% increase in the number of older people seeking counseling or help for psychological problems.”
These concerns are also reflected in the nature of the calls that organizations like HelpAge India receive. Dr Imtiaz Ahmed, Agecare’s Chief of Mission, said that not only has the number of calls in 24 states to the HelpAge India toll-free helpline (1800-180-1253) increase, but the overall experience reflects a growing feeling of vulnerability with loneliness and uncertainty. emerging as the common thread.
The helpline has received calls from seniors seeking a variety of assistance, from hospital beds, oxygen to transportation assistance. Recognizing that vaccination is the key to fighting the virus, HelpAge is now fully focused on raising awareness among older people and overcoming doubts about vaccines, as well as making it easier for them to get vaccinated.

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