Staying at home has ‘put life on hold’ for the elderly population of India

New Delhi: ‘The Elder Story: Ground Reality during Covid 19’ was released on the occasion of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Monday. It revealed that the Coronavirus lockdown impacted the livelihood of 65 percent of the elders. They either had no work or faced a drastic loss in their wage during the period.

The survey was conducted by HelpAge India taking into account 5,099 elders across 17 states and four Union territories.

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The study found that of those 65 per cent elders whose livelihoods had been impacted, 67 per cent were in the age group of 60-69 years, 28 per cent in the ‘old-old’ category (70-79 years) and five per cent in the ‘oldest-old’ age group (80 plus).

71 percent of the elder respondents said that the livelihood of the breadwinner of their family was impacted due to loss of work by the lockdown. Out of the 71 percent, 61 percent were from rural areas while 39 percent were from urban areas.

61 per cent of the respondents felt confined and socially isolated in their homes during the lockdown as per the report.

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HelpAge India chief operating officer Rohit Prasad said the elderly were facing a three-pronged struggle -high health risks, challenges of social isolation and battle of survival due to loss of income.

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