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Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 among Older Adults

In the United States, a culture where the elderly are often marginalized, the COVID-19 pandemic has left many older adults feeling further devalued.  The pandemic has heightened its risks not only physically but psychologically.  With quarantines in place, the elderly worry about how they will obtain medications, food, and other daily necessities.  Many older adults will not seek medical care for health concerns for fear of contracting COVID-19. Most people have not experienced a pandemic that caused us to have to stay at home and avoid human contact.  Therefore, we want to explore the impact of the pandemic on older adults to be prepared to intervene in case this should happen again in the future.

The purpose of this study is to explore older adults’ experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic, including, psychosocial, behavioral responses to the pandemic, and older adult’s overall well-being. The aims of this project are to explore a diverse sample of older adult’s psychosocial responses to COVID-19, explore a diverse sample of older adult’s behavioral responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, and evaluate a diverse sample of older adult’s perceived well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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