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Elder abuse and ageism during COVID-19

from Psychiatric Times

Older adults have been hit hard by COVID-19. Mortality data from Oxford COVID-19 Evidence Service indicates a risk of mortality of 3.6 percent for people in their 60s, which increases to 8.0% and 14.8 percent for people in their 70s and over 80s. An age-related mortality study from China showed that patients of COVID-19 above aged 55 years had 3 times increased mortality. Older individuals are much more likely to develop COVID-19 related complications. The increased mortality reflects the underlying biological, social, and psychological vulnerabilities faced by the older population. Elderly individuals are also disproportionately affected by social distancing policies and other restrictions to stop the spread of the virus, resulting in increased loneliness, social isolation, and loss of freedom and support networks. more

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