COVID-19 Impact On Elders’ Mental Well-being

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Many people’s lives were turned upside down by COVID-19.

Once-bustling capitals became ghost towns thanks to lockdowns. In one place, there were more animals than people on the streets, and nature began to reclaim many cities around the world.

Many health problems, especially those related to mental health, started to rise as a result of the sudden turn of events in many countries, including inflation and economic stagnation.

These mental problems are not limited to one generation. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected Generation Z, Millennials, and Baby Boomers as well as the Sandwich Generation. They all experience depression and anxiety.

While it may be easier for younger people to get on the right track, it is much harder for older people. They were considered the most vulnerable members of society by governments. They could easily die from any contact they have.

The elderly have experienced more stress and misery because of their isolation and loneliness during the Covid-19 epidemic.

What are the main causes of these looming consequences in our everyday lives?

There is no touching!

Hear you, Hear you!

Two people must be at least 2m apart. They should not hug or handshake each other.

How can an elderly person who has found comfort in talking with the shop owner or neighbor next door cope with such a big change?

People take things for granted that are familiar to them, such as touch and sense of touch. Research has shown that communication can have a powerful impact on people’s moods. It calms their breathing and increases their dopamine levels (aka the happy hormone), which decreases symptoms of depression.

Physical contact is a key component of mother-baby bonding.

  • It boosts the immune system of babies and stabilizes their heartbeat/ breathing.
  • It improves breastfeeding experiences for mothers and reduces post-partum depression risk.

It’s almost as if our brains are wired to touch and reach out to others right after we are born. This desire for physical contact persists into old age.

Eliminating the freedom to touch will result in a whole new generation of elderly people who are at high risk for developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease within the next five years.

It is so hard for the elderly who live in nursing homes to make it through the day without any contact with the outside world. While nurses can provide comfort from afar for the elderly, they sometimes find it difficult to communicate with their loved ones behind closed doors. Sometimes, even sending hugs and air kisses from behind the windows of nursing homes can cause them more anxiety.

Sometimes, two couples living in the same care home could not bear the distance and wanted to touch one another. To give them the chance to feel love again, nurses wrapped their hands in plastic wraps.

Seniors are safe by Quarantining. But, governments have misinterpreted such an announcement. People have been scared to socialize because of “social distancing”, a slogan that has spread across the globe.

It is best to use the correct slogan to “physical distance” while still contacting people that are dear to you through phone and video calls.

No matter how many people tell their elders to use mobiles and laptops to communicate with others, nothing can replace the feeling of physical touch.

Public Spaces are not for walking!

Hear you, Hear you!

You must stop gathering in public places during the Covid-19 epidemic.

Many older people who were used to meeting new people in parks and cafes have had to stop going.

Their daily routine was the same: wake up, eat repeat, watch TV, eat, and then sleep

During the pre-pandemic, elders could chat and walk around talking to each other. They’d ask their neighbors about their daughter’s life or whether the shop owner is married.

It’s the small things.

A simple morning walk in the park could brighten the day of an elderly person They would feel reconnected to the world through the fresh air, the twitters of birds, and the barks from dogs.
Many elderly people don’t have big yards or large houses to roam around in. Even though they might be living in tiny apartments, the best way to keep their blood flowing is to go to the local park. They must be kept in a cell-like prisoner and watch their lives unfold before their eyes.

Although families do their best to lift the spirits of their elderly loved ones, many don’t have enough money to care for them. Family members used to stop by their elderly relatives to give them food and medication before the pandemic. Many elders suffer from disabilities, such as hearing impairment, severe asthma, severe hypertension, heart failure, hip fractures, severe asthma, and severe hypotension. They will struggle to make ends meet without any assistance.

It can have serious health implications if you are isolated from the outside world. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that loneliness and isolation are associated with a 29% increase in the risk of developing heart disease and a 32% higher risk of stroke.

This study was published in 2020. Think about the growth in the Covid-19 crisis, 2021, and the next years.

What should you do?

It can be difficult in Covid-19, when you are old and have a lot of energy, but can’t expend that energy elsewhere. You may also live alone and seek companionship. Many retirement homes now have fully vaccinated staff due to the recent increase in vaccination rates. This could be something you might consider. Check out one of these retirement homes.

These retirement homes offer both mind and body comfort and a full list of amenities. Many seniors need services such as housekeeping and grooming. They also offer a great opportunity to meet like-minded seniors and have the chance to talk with them about their good times. Why not consider living in a community that welcomes you and offers professional care?

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Anwesha Mukherjee

Anwesha Mukherjee is a Digital Media Publisher and freelance writer. She has been working in the publishing industry for over 6 years now, holding various positions at different publishing houses across India. Her work experience includes managing marketing campaigns, content development and website maintenance for various industries including healthcare, IT, finance and education.

She also offers ghostwriting services to help aspiring authors get their book published while maintaining creative control over the project.

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Anwesha Mukherjee

Anwesha Mukherjee is a Digital Media Publisher and freelance writer. She has been working in the publishing industry for over 6 years now, holding various positions at different publishing houses across India. Her work experience includes managing marketing campaigns, content development and website maintenance for various industries including healthcare, IT, finance and education.

She also offers ghostwriting services to help aspiring authors get their book published while maintaining creative control over the project.

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