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Lockdown accelerating aging, causes ‘deterioration that can kill’ – geriatrician

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05.11.2020

Lockdown is speeding up the aging process of Israel’s elderly, and its long-term harm to pensioners may outweigh the risks of a more lenient coronavirus policy, according to a leading geriatrician.

“Lockdown has actually been reducing the physical and cognitive functioning of many elderly people, speeding up the process of decline in an unusual and worrying way,” Dr. Yoram Maaravi told The Times of Israel. “It’s concerning because in geriatric medicine, when patients have cognitive problems, we see more deterioration and faster deterioration in their general health.”

He said that while lockdown can impact the wellbeing of all ages, it has a particularly strong impact on the elderly. For them, staying active and maintaining social interactions are key to avoiding deterioration, he said.

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Maaravi commented: “I fear that, in terms of the health of Israel’s elderly, this could cause more harm than a different approach to coronavirus that uses lighter measures and makes older people less isolated. Everyone is talking about protecting people from the coronavirus but there isn’t enough talk about the harm of isolating people, especially the elderly.

“The so-called protection we see can even cause deterioration that can kill them, as the effect of isolation has such an impact on general health. It affects many systems in the body, not only the mind. We need........

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