Protecting the Elderly from COVID-19: South Korea
South Korea has succeeded in minimizing infections during the pandemic while also paying great attention to mental healthcare for the elderly. The country has the highest suicide rates of any developed nation - particularly among old people. The pandemic has made basic support systems impossible to maintain and many fear another rise in deaths. Meet the people finding new ways to help, and discover how monitoring systems and potted plants are being used to support the many elderly people who live alone in Seoul.
93-year-old Kim relies on support from the Seoul government
The city uses sensors to monitor the wellbeing of elderly residents living alone
Some residents are being given "companion plants" such as this mushroom cultivation kit