India: 70% of seniors had no proper healthcare during pandemic
Source: Asia Insurance Review | Aug 2022
Around 70% per cent of senior citizens in India did not have access to proper healthcare facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic while over 57% faced mental health issues according to a new survey by Max group company Antara. Max group is also the promoter of Max Life Insurance Company.
The survey included over 2,100 senior citizens aged 60 and above. The survey was conducted across urban India, with a focus on the northern and southern parts of the country from March to May 2022.
Antara MD and CEO Rajit Mehta said, “The study focuses on understanding the challenges and needs of India’s urban seniors. The pandemic has brought about notable shifts in their living patterns and preferences, consumption of technology, along with rise in mental health concerns.”
While fear of getting infected rose to 65%, almost two thirds of the seniors were scared of social isolation as a result of strict guidelines. Poor preparedness to fight COVID-19 was one of the top concerns by 53% of the elderly according to the survey. A