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70% of senior citizens didn't have access to proper healthcare during Covid: Survey

The survey was conducted across urban India, with a focus on the North (Delhi-NCR & Jaipur), the West (Mumbai & Pune), and the South (Bengaluru & Hyderabad).

July 09, 2022 / 06:56 PM IST

Around 70 percent of senior citizens did not have access to proper healthcare facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic while over 57 percent faced mental health issues, according to a survey by Max group firm Antara.

Launched in 2013, Antara is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Max India Limited, one of the three listed entities of the Max Group. It is an integrated service provider for all senior care needs, operating two main lines of businesses residences for seniors and assisted care services.

The sample size of the survey was over 2,100 senior citizens aged 60 and above, Antara said in a statement on July 9. The survey was conducted across urban India, with a focus on the North (Delhi-NCR & Jaipur), the West (Mumbai & Pune), and the South (Bengaluru & Hyderabad). The research was conducted in collaboration with Aeon Insights Market Research, over a period of two-and-a-half months from March to May end.

"During COVID, 70% of seniors didn’t have access to proper healthcare and more than 57% seniors faced mental health issues," Antara said, while releasing the main findings from the second edition of its survey titled 'State of Seniors'. The survey attempts to bring out insights on the lives, aspirations, preferences, opinions, and consumer behaviour traits of seniors in India.