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Impact of social isolation due to COVID-19 on vulnerable geriatric population: a study of physical and psychological wellbeing

Purvi Pujari (Department of Management, Bharati Vidyapeeth’s Institute of Management Studies and Research, Navi Mumbai, India)
Anuj Kumar (Department of Management, Apeejay School of Management, New Delhi, India)
Pranjali Pujari (Department of Medicine, Grant Government Medical College and Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals, Mumbai, India)

Working with Older People

ISSN: 1366-3666

Article publication date: 27 July 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of social isolation due to COVID-19 on the vulnerable geriatric population.

Design/methodology/approach

Ten individual interviews of people above 70 years of age were conducted in 2021. The data was collected through interviews and observation. The authors observed the people from the age.

Findings

The geriatric population faced physical challenges like poor sleep and digestive health along with neglect of their persisting ailments, which needed attention. Mental issues were also very serious, such as fear of death, anxiety, stress and depression. This paper urges the policymakers to focus on coming up with support systems for the geriatric population and finding long-term solutions to mitigate the repercussions faced by them.

Originality/value

This paper attempts to underline the mostly unnoticed physical and psychological issues troubling usually neglected strata of the population as they do not make a part of an income-earning segment.

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Citation

Pujari, P., Kumar, A. and Pujari, P. (2022), "Impact of social isolation due to COVID-19 on vulnerable geriatric population: a study of physical and psychological wellbeing", Working with Older People, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/WWOP-06-2022-0023

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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