Senior woman inside her home with grand kids on the other side of glass.

COVID sees elderly face higher rates of mental health issues, isolation, cognitive decline

Last updated: October 7, 2021
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  • October 7, 2021

Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) chief executive Craig Gear said some elderly residents living alone or in aged care had not seen people face-to-face for over 18 months.

"That's resulted in fear, anxiety, loneliness, boredom, and also cognitive decline to those who have dementia or other neurological issues," he said.

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