Week 1 aging | Nursing and the aging family
The elderly population has been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is due to a variety of factors, including the fact that those aged 65 and over are more likely to have underlying health conditions which place them at greater risk for serious illness or death from the virus. Additionally, many older individuals must rely on others for assistance with basic activities of daily living, such as shopping for groceries or obtaining necessary medications. As such, this population is particularly vulnerable to social isolation imposed by stay-at-home orders, lockdown restrictions and other measures taken to reduce spread of the virus.
Furthermore, the economic impact of COVID-19 has been especially severe for individuals in retirement age or nearing it; seniors are more likely than their younger counterparts to have lost jobs or faced financial hardship as a result of coronavirus related closures and layoffs. Finally, access to healthcare resources can be limited as well due to hospital capacity issues related to high numbers of infected patients as well as fears among staff members about working in close proximity with susceptible populations.
Overall it is clear that the elderly population has faced numerous challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic; however proactive steps can be taken by healthcare workers and family members alike in order ensure that these people receive necessary care and support during this difficult time.