COVID May Not Be Going Away Anytime Soon But Here's How You Can Take Care Of Your Aged Parents

For the last two months, the world as we knew has stopped to exist and if what the scientific community is saying is true, this is going to be the new normal. At least for the foreseeable future. 

The COVID-19 has changed the way we work, travel and socialise among other things that were considered to be normal. While most of us have adjusted to it, a large section of our society is struggling to cope up with the new reality: Senior citizens. 

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While the COVID-19 is not particularly deadly as compared to many other infections, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure are among the high-risk category. This along with the fact that the lockdown has taken away their support system, which in most of the cases are peer groups in the neighbourhoods have made their lives difficult, both mentally and physically. 

"On senior citizens, the impact of the virus is in two ways, one is the risk of the infection itself and the second is mental health. Due to repeatedly being told how the virus is dangerous for them, there is a lot of stress among the elderly. The other is, not being able to go out. Keeping an active social life is important to keep them healthy. Due to the lockdown, they are forced to stay indoors 24x7. That also has a negative impact on their health," Ayush Agrawal, the co-founder of Seniority, an online platform that deals with the needs of senior citizens said. 

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Another challenge, Agrawal said the senior citizens are facing is in getting essentials including their medicine and groceries as they are not able to get out. Seniority, which is the largest of its kind platform in India said they are offering various products ranging from medicines and other supports essentials and lifestyle needs for the senior citizens during the COVID-19. 

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Seniority and RPG Life Sciences have also launched 'SafeSeniors,' a tool which helps in early identification of COVID-19 amongst the elderly. Agrawal said that the early detection of symptoms and the two-three days window could be the difference between life and death. They have also made tie-ups with several platforms to provide free medical and other consultations.

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According to him here is a list of things that the senior citizens and families can do. 

  • Use technology to get connected to family and friends. 
  • Use WhatsApp, hangouts or any other platforms to make video calls. 
  •  If there are family members around, especially grandkids, that will help them to have some social interaction. 
  • Do not sit idle at home, just watching TV. 
  • Do not visit the hospital if it is not absolutely necessary. 
  • Consult doctors over the phone or online. 
  • Do not hesitate to reach out to mental health professionals if they can't cope up with the stress.   
  • Make sure that there is enough stock of their medicines.                 


source https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/covid-may-not-be-going-away-anytime-soon-but-heres-how-you-can-take-care-of-your-aged-parents-512879.html

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