SAN DIEGO, Nov. 18, 2020 /PRNewsCentre/ — Independa, innovators of the award-winning TV-based social engagement, education and care platform, today announced the results of a commissioned U.S. consumer survey, finding COVID-19 has had a critical impact on older adults’ mental health and physical health.
Survey infographic detailing the impact of COVID-19 on older adult mental health
The results detail alarming new statistics about older adults abusing prescription drugs and alcohol, feeling despondent and being at an increased risk of committing suicide since COVID-19. On the positive side, the survey found older adults have largely exercised COVID-19 safety precautions, significantly limiting the amount of times they leave home.
The nationwide survey of 1,000 American adults with an older adult parent (over 70) who lives alone found that during COVID-19:
"We have all been isolated from friends and family during the pandemic, but no demographic suffers more than our older adults," said Kian Saneii, founder and CEO of Independa. "The survey we commissioned shows just how badly our older adults are failing to thrive in isolation leading to significant health risks to an already vulnerable population."
Founded in 2009, Independa, Inc, is the innovator of the award-winning TV-based social engagement, education and care platform. Through its software subscription platform, Independa enables the best yet most simplified remote engagement for those most difficult to reach, most socially isolated, and most expensive to care for — whether professionally or through family and friends. Independa transforms a person’s standard TV into a bi-directional engagement window to the world, enabling caregivers and loved ones alike to connect with the TV through a standard browser or an iOS or Android app.
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