What impact have lockdowns had on the mental health of older adults?
Many factors determine how people react to a crisis. Most seniors, in general, have experienced depression, stress, anxiety, sleep disruptions, and thoughts of suicide which is absolutely predictable. Some older adults do not have the resources needed to deal with the stress of lockdowns. This includes material (e.g., lack of access to smart technology), social (e.g., family members or friends), or cognitive or biological (e.g., incapacity to engage in physical exercise or participate in activities or routines) resources. At first, the COVID pandemic was seen as a chance to spend some time with the family, but seniors living in care homes were forced to see their family members even less than before. And factors such as isolation, fear of infection, supplies running out, boredom, and lack of physical contact have impacted seniors more than younger adults.