Corona: Elderly at risk, government lists what to do and what not to do for states

NEW DELHI: listing a number of things to do and not do, the central government and the geriatrics department of AIIMS have sent a notice to all states for the protection of older people against Covid-19.

The notice is for people 60 and older, who are mobile and dependent on caregivers. There is a separate section dedicated to what should and should not be done to ensure the mental well-being of the elderly. It is explained that people over 60 face a higher risk, hence the need to take precautions.

He says that the elderly with medical conditions like chronic respiratory diseases like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic heart, liver or kidney disease, diabetes and hypertension should be very cautious when taking precautions.

For the elderly who have mobility, it is recommended to stay at home all the time. If they live alone, they may consider relying on healthy neighbors for essential household items. It is recommended to talk with family members who are staying away and with family and friends. It is emphasized that the elderly should refrain from inviting anyone and hug and shake hands to prevent infection. Due to the summer, it is recommended that older people consume adequate water to avoid dehydration.

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For mental well-being, older adults are encouraged to participate in activities and relive old hobbies within the home and not to take any toxic substances to avoid loneliness or boredom. For older people with existing mental health problems, they have been asked to contact the helpline number 08046110007. Any signs of a change in mental health status such as excessive daytime sleepiness are also advised to speak up. inconsistent or inability to recognize family members should be addressed by seeking help from the helpline. The adivsory calls caregivers who tend to dependent older people to frequently clean surfaces such as canes, walkers, wheelchairs, cribs, etc. It is recommended not to touch the elderly without washing their hands.

Sharing the notice, the Union's secretary of social justice, R. Subrahmanyam, has written to all top state secretaries asking them to publish it widely in all districts, institutions that work for older people, and through NGOs that work to the elderly.

According to data from the 2011 Census age cohort, it is projected that there would be approximately 16 crore citizens over the age of 60 in the country. Age separation puts the number of older adults between 60 and 69 to Rs 8.8 million, followed by Rs 6.4 million who are between 70 and 79 years old. There are 2.8 million older adults in the assisted elderly category who are over 80 years of age or require medical assistance. There are about 18 lakh homeless elderly (homeless or abandoned by families).