Saturday, January 16, 2021
Home Life Style Health & Fitness Social Isolation Was A Serious Concern For Seniors During The Lockdown

Social Isolation Was A Serious Concern For Seniors During The Lockdown

The senior population in India is fast growing with over 20 million elders

In the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, the elderly population, especially those living alone, were forced to remain indoors, often without adequate support. According to a new survey, social isolation was a serious concern for seniors during the lockdown, ranking behind the fear of the infection. Surprisingly, the survey also revealed low insurance cover penetration among the populations aged 55 plus.

The ‘State of The State of Seniors’ survey by Antara, a subsidiary of Max Group, pointed out that financial security, sustainable incomes, and social isolation are a major worry for seniors, in addition to the fear of contracting serious ailments in their silver years.

Follow NewsGram on Facebook to stay updated.

The ongoing pandemic emphasized the role of strong immunity in preventing us from severe diseases. The senior population — a cohort at considerable risk of contracting the virus — began taking several measures to bolster their immunity and improve their health, says the survey.

Regular physical exercise coupled with a balanced diet was the most preferred measure to maintain good health. Yoga, which finds immense resonance among the senior population was also practiced by a little over one-fourth of the respondents. Home remedies such as kadhai, herbal concoctions also became increasingly popular during the pandemic with more than 34 percent of the respondents accessing them.

An alarming statistic was that despite greater concerns for health, close to 18 percent of the senior population interviewed was taking no specific measures to become and stay healthy and are afraid of social isolation.

social isolation
The fear of getting infected with the virus was also a concern. Pixabay

Notably, seniors are the most vulnerable and high-risk demographic segment due to their pre-existing conditions and comorbidities, requiring active intervention especially during a major healthcare crisis. The senior population in India is fast growing with over 20 million elders who stay alone, and the number is slated to rise in the next two decades.

While it is true that India has the advantage of a young population, it is important to look ahead and learn from the current crisis to address the concerns of the burgeoning elderly population.

The Covid-19 pandemic also underscored the importance of medical insurance — something that is still lagging adequate penetration in India. In fact, standalone health insurers witnessed an average 20 percent growth in premium collection in the current fiscal, says Antara. Yet, as per the data collected by us, a little over 11 percent of the senior respondents did not have any health insurance. The most commonly availed health insurance cover was between Rs 5-10 lakh.

ALSO READ: AI-Driven Sensor Can Monitor Brain Serotonin Levels

The survey was conducted across urban India, with a focus on the North (Delhi-NCR), the West (Mumbai and Pune), and the South (Chennai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad), covering over 2,000 seniors aged 55 and above. Among the three regions surveyed, South India had the best health insurance coverage for seniors with all respondents having at least one health/medical insurance, while the Northern (17.7 percent) and the Western (16.3 percent) regions have reported a relatively high number of seniors with no medical/ health insurance.

The survey also found that 77 percent of seniors across the three survey regions live independently either in their own or rented houses. Only 16 percent of seniors said that they live with their children/grandchildren. Seniors are increasingly preferring to live independently mostly in conventional establishments, but a reasonably large proportion — 12 percent in Southern metros residing in senior living communities. (IANS)



Most Popular

Study: Lack Of Managers Leads To Business Failures In India

Most firms in India and other developing countries are family-owned and often shun outside managers and that is why even successful businesses fail to...

Clovia: The Ayurvedic Solutions For Personal Care

A new solution-based personal care range, 'Clovia Botaniqa', was launched, especially for mothers. The products are based on Ayurvedic formulation comprising of oils, body...

Bursting The Myth: Violent Video Games May Increase Violent Behavior

A plethora of theories has been proposed to support the stance that playing violent video games results in increased aggression and violence. However, researchers...

Home Remedies To Deal With Different Stomach Aches

Stomach ache or abdominal pain can be cramped, achy, dull, sharp, or intermittent. The common causes of stomach ache include constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux,...

Metformin: An Ease For Covid Patients With Diabetes

Use of the diabetes drug metformin -- before a diagnosis of Covid-19 -- is associated with a threefold decrease in mortality in Covid-19 patients...

83 Percent Of Single Indians Are Comfortable Meeting Up In-Person

Virtual dating is the new norm in India, but real-life connections will pick pace post-pandemic, reiterates Bumble's recent nationwide survey. After connecting with people...

Discrimination causes Anxiety and Mental Disorders, Says Study

Regardless of genetic risks, exposure to discrimination in life plays a significant role in developing anxiety and related disorders, suggests a new study. Published in...

As Cimate Change Impact Intensifies, Nations Must Urgently Step Up Actions or Face Costs: UNEP

As temperatures rise and climate change impacts intensify, nations must urgently step up action to adapt to the new climate reality or face serious...

Recent Comments