Older adults are bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. Older people are considered to be especially vulnerable and specific policy measures single out older adults as high-risk groups. The pandemic will have consequences on many aspects of their lives, even beyond the immediate risks of infection and consequent disease and hospitalization. Isolation measures may result in a considerable burden of loneliness and symptoms of anxiety and depression. Besides, many older adults provide informal care to others or participate in volunteering activities, but have been unable to carry out these roles due to isolation restrictions.
The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on physical, emotional and social functioning will be investigated in participants of the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA; www.lasa-vu.nl) . Participant of the study live in several geographic areas throughout the country, including those that are known to have had high rates of infection and hospitalization. Because the non-specific group of ‘older adults’ is very heterogeneous, we will also investigate if some have experienced unanticipated positive effects of the situation.
APH contact person: Martijn Huisman
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