Week 1, Nursing and the Aging Family| Nursing and the aging family
COVID-19’s pandemic has affected elderly people disproportionately. The elderly population has been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is because of a number of factors. One such factor is that people over 65 are at a higher risk for developing serious illnesses or dying from the virus. Many older people rely on other individuals to help them with daily activities such as grocery shopping or getting necessary medication. As a result, the elderly are particularly susceptible to being socially isolated by orders to stay at home, lockdown restrictions, and other anti-virus measures.
The economic effects of COVID-19 have been particularly severe on those who are nearing retirement or in that age bracket. Seniors, more than younger people, may be at risk of losing their jobs and facing financial difficulties as a consequence of closures or layoffs related to coronavirus. The access to health resources may also be limited due to the high number of infected people in hospitals and staff’s fear about being in close contact with vulnerable populations.
It is evident that COVID-19 has posed many challenges to the elderly. However, healthcare professionals and their families can take proactive measures in order to ensure these individuals receive the necessary support and care during this challenging time.