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September 14, 2021 Tuesday 08:17:37 AM IST

Elderly Cope Better with Pandemic

A study by Macquarie University psychologists have shown that older adults had lower mental, social and physical well being impacts of Covid-19 pandemic. Many older adults reported low mood and worry but as not severe as might be expected, according to Prof Viviana Wuthrich, Director of Macquarie University's Centre for Ageing, Cognition and Wellbeing.  This is consistent with research globally and reinforces the conclusion that age is associated with greater psychological resilience in the face of crisis.  A sample study of 945 people between ages of 18 and 76 done in March 2020 in USA and replicated in 5000 people in August 2020 showed the elderly had better emotional well being than those who were young. Studies in Spain, Canada and the Netherlands also showed similar results. Living with someone else and contact with grand children either on phone or video conferencing, greater use of technology were predictors of better mental health in elderly.