2020
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.585308
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The Effect of COVID-19 on Loneliness in the Elderly. An Empirical Comparison of Pre-and Peri-Pandemic Loneliness in Community-Dwelling Elderly

Abstract: Old-age loneliness is a global problem with many members of the scientific community suspecting increased loneliness in the elderly population during COVID-19 and the associated safety measures. Although hypothesized, a direct comparison of loneliness before and during the pandemic is hard to achieve without a survey of loneliness prior to the pandemic. This study provides a direct comparison of reported loneliness before and during the pandemic using 1:1 propensity score matching (PSM) on a pre-and a peri-pan… Show more

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“…Consequently, social connections are essential to foster activity and PA in older adults and are an important component of PA group programs success [ 11 , 61 ]. Although during the first COVID-19 outbreak the population, especially older adults, may have progressively adapted to the new daily routines and limitations, this situation has a clear negative impact on social relationships and loneliness [ 62 , 63 , 64 ]. Tackling loneliness and social relationships requires specific implementation strategies [ 65 ], and these need to be adapted and implemented to promote the adherence to exercise programs [ 23 , 66 ], particularly in these challenging times.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Consequently, social connections are essential to foster activity and PA in older adults and are an important component of PA group programs success [ 11 , 61 ]. Although during the first COVID-19 outbreak the population, especially older adults, may have progressively adapted to the new daily routines and limitations, this situation has a clear negative impact on social relationships and loneliness [ 62 , 63 , 64 ]. Tackling loneliness and social relationships requires specific implementation strategies [ 65 ], and these need to be adapted and implemented to promote the adherence to exercise programs [ 23 , 66 ], particularly in these challenging times.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…This presumption suggests that existing feelings of loneliness can be eased by generating more deep and meaningful social interactions ( Hawkley and Cacioppo, 2010 ). Numerous studies have demonstrated the importance of examining loneliness when analyzing the impact of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic (e.g., Cao et al, 2020 ; Hamermesh, 2020 ; Heidinger and Richter, 2020 ; Loades et al, 2020 ). Some studies have explicitly shown that loneliness has increased since the start of the pandemic ( Elmer et al, 2020 ; Heidinger and Richter, 2020 ).…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Numerous studies have demonstrated the importance of examining loneliness when analyzing the impact of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic (e.g., Cao et al, 2020 ; Hamermesh, 2020 ; Heidinger and Richter, 2020 ; Loades et al, 2020 ). Some studies have explicitly shown that loneliness has increased since the start of the pandemic ( Elmer et al, 2020 ; Heidinger and Richter, 2020 ). Other studies have also indicated that chronically lonely individuals remained lonely, whereas those at risk for becoming lonely due to the COVID-19 pandemic consisted of specific groups such as younger individuals and those experiencing social isolation ( Heidinger and Richter, 2020 ).…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
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