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Research on older adults' mental health during the Covid pandemic
New research conducted by the National Insitute into Health and Care into mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic showed that for the over 50s, it was worse than has been previously reported. The research found older age groups showed increased depression, anxiety and loneliness in the first year of the pandemic. Their quality of life was also reduced.
Around the world, the pandemic had a negative effect on adult mental health. Some previous studies have shown that older adults were less affected than younger people. But these studies looked at short-term effects only. This longer-term study found that, over the course of 2020, adults over 50 had deteriorating mental health and wellbeing. Researchers looked at factors that could play a part. They found that women and people not living with partners were more vulnerable than others to poor mental health. Less wealthy people had the poorest mental health overall. But the most well-off people felt more negative changes through the pandemic.
The researchers conclude that some older adults - such as those living alone - may need more targeted mental health services.
Further information on this research can be found here