The effects of Covid-19 lockdown on health and psychosocial functioning in older adults aged 70 and over

Docherty, Sarah, Haskell-Ramsay, Crystal, McInnes, Lynn and Wetherell, Mark (2021) The effects of Covid-19 lockdown on health and psychosocial functioning in older adults aged 70 and over. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, 7. p. 233372142110399. ISSN 2333-7214

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The COVID-19 pandemic led to a state-imposed lockdown in the UK; there are many psychosocial consequences of pandemics, with older adults potentially at an increased risk. The current study assessed psychosocial functioning in a sample of older adults in the UK with baseline data collected pre-lockdown and follow-up 12 weeks later during lockdown. Thus, allowing investigation of the effect of COVID-19 and associated lockdown on psychosocial well-being. Thirty-five older adults (Mean age = 76.06, sex = 12 males) participated in this repeated measures study. A final follow-up was then conducted post-lockdown to capture any factors that were viewed as helpful to well-being during lockdown. From pre- to during lockdown, perceived stress, well-being, depressive symptoms, mood disturbance and memory were all significantly worsened. There were significant improvements in self-reported physical health symptoms, social interaction, time spent engaging in physical activity and certain aspects of relationship quality. Follow-up showed that well-being, depression and mood were still negatively affected post-lockdown. Given the sample were all ‘healthy’ at baseline in comparison to established norms, there may be greater impairment in more vulnerable populations. Support for older populations is needed to mitigate the negative effects shown, particularly in light of the endurance of some of these effects post-lockdown.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: lockdown, COVID-19, older adults, psychosocial well-being, physical health, physical activity
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
C800 Psychology
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2021 14:36
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2021 13:45

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