Advisory for protection of senior citizens aged above 60 years
R. Subrahmanyam, IAS
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
Department of Social Justice & Empowerment
Government of India
Subject: Advisory for protection of senior citizens aged above 60 years.
Dear Chief Secretary,
The Senior Citizens who are aged above 60 years and especially those with medical conditions are particularly susceptible to infections during the COVID times. MSJE alongwith Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Department of Geriatric Medicine, AIIMS Delhi has prepared an Advisory to be followed by all the senior citizens and their care givers during these times.
I would request that this Advisory is widely publicised in all the districts, in all institutions working for senior citizens and through NGOs who are working in this area.
Encl: As above
Chief Secretary of States/UTs
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment,
Government of India
Department of Geriatric Medicine AIIMS,
Advisory for Senior Citizens during COVID-19
Based on the Census 2011 age-cohort data, it is projected that there would be approximately 16 Crore Senior citizens (aged above 60 yrs) in the Country.
|Sr Citizens between age group 60-69 yrs||8.8cr|
|Sr Citizens between age group 70-79 yrs||6.4cr|
|Assisted elders (above 80 years or people who require medical assistance)||2.8cr|
|Indigent elders (destitute who are homeless or deserted by the families)||0.18cr|
Senior citizens above the age of 60 years face an increased risk in COVID times. This is an advisory for Senior Citizens and their caregivers on how to protect them from increased health risk during this period.
From whom is this?
Aged 60 and above particularly those with following medical conditions
- Chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchiectasis, post tuberculous sequelae, interstitial lung disease
- Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic liver disease, such as alcoholic, and viral hepatitis
- Chronic neurologic conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke
Advisory for Senior Citizens who are mobile:
Advisory for caregivers of dependent senior citizens
Advisory for senior citizens on mental well-being