Where CoVid-19 has affected so many people and drastically changed the way of life, it has also widely affected the elderly population. Even though the older adult population has been greatly impacted by CoVid-19, they have been looked over to a great extent when it comes to provision of assistance and coping mechanisms to deal with the current scenario.
Since the elderly were at the highest risk of being affected by CoVid-19, they were asked to stay at home and socially distance themselves with utmost seriousness. This caused a drastic change in the activities and socializing of the elderly. They had to stay indoors when doing daily/ weekly groceries was the only activity for a lot of them. They had to stop visiting their friends when evening get-together with their mates was the only entertainment for most of the elder adults. They couldn’t even go to the nearest park. For many elder adults, especially in developing countries, going out for running errands or meeting their companions was an escape from domestic abuse too. These activities were imperative for the elderly and depriving them from these activities by forcing them into isolation and confinement took serious toll on their mental health. They became seriously depressed and anxious. It was even harder when these older adults were living alone, as is the case in developed countries, and did not know how to use technology to connect with their family and friends.
The spread of CoVid-19 not only affected the mental health of the elderly but it also affected their physical health due to limited access to physical therapy, therapists, nurses and caretakers. The pandemic made the health workers travel to the houses of the elderly less frequently and in some cases prevented them from visiting their houses altogether. Keeping in view the entire scenario and future possibilities, it is high time the governments pay more attention towards the elderly sector of the population and makes arrangements to provide them with the necessary facilities to cope with the on-going pandemic.