Journal of Marine Medical Society

REVIEW ARTICLE
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 113--117

An insight into the elderly mind during COVID-19 pandemic: World Mental Health Day 2020


Ramya Vadakkayil Balan1, Divyamol Karunakaran Sasidharan2, Jishnu Sathees Lalu3 
1 Consultant Psychiatrist, Sacred Heart Mission Hospital, Pullur, Thrissur, India
2 Consultant Geriatrician, National Program for Healthcare of Elderly, Chicalim, Goa, India
3 Officer-in-Charge, Station Health Organisation, HQGNA, Indian Navy, Vasco-Da-Gama, Goa, India

Correspondence Address:
Surg Lt Cdr (Dr) Jishnu Sathees Lalu
Officer in Charge, Station Health Organisation, Goa Naval Area, Vasco Da Gama, Goa
India

About one third of the elderly suffer from mental illness due to psychosocial issues such as loss of spouse, social and financial insecurity, low support from families, inadequate nutrition, uncontrolled hypertension, impaired vision, deafness, and arthritis. Psychological stress can have harmful impact on the immune system, making the elderly more susceptible to SARS-Co-V2. Stigma associated with the disease, risk of developing complications during the course of the disease and relatively high mortality rates put the elderly under immense stress. The older population though knowledgeable are ignorant of their own health. The prevalent COVID-19 pandemic imposes more challenges to the elderly population which demands a holistic approach directed to meticulous solutions.


How to cite this article:
Balan RV, Sasidharan DK, Lalu JS. An insight into the elderly mind during COVID-19 pandemic: World Mental Health Day 2020.J Mar Med Soc 2020;22:113-117


How to cite this URL:
Balan RV, Sasidharan DK, Lalu JS. An insight into the elderly mind during COVID-19 pandemic: World Mental Health Day 2020. J Mar Med Soc [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Apr 23 ];22:113-117
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