Psychological Health and Digital Social Participation of the Older Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Blekinge, Sweden-An Exploratory Study.

Ghazi SN, Anderberg P, Berglund JS, Berner J, Dallora AL

Int J Environ Res Public Health 19 (6) - [2022-03-21; online 2022-03-21]

COVID-19 has affected the psychological health of older adults directly and indirectly through recommendations of social distancing and isolation. Using the internet or digital tools to participate in society, one might mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on psychological health. This study explores the social participation of older adults through internet use as a social platform during COVID-19 and its relationship with various psychological health aspects. In this study, we used the survey as a research method, and we collected data through telephonic interviews; and online and paper-based questionnaires. The results showed an association of digital social participation with age and feeling lack of company. Furthermore, in addition, to the increase in internet use in older adults in Sweden during COVID-19, we conclude that digital social participation is essential to maintain psychological health in older adults.

Category: Public Health

Type: Journal article

PubMed 35329398

DOI 10.3390/ijerph19063711

Crossref 10.3390/ijerph19063711

pmc: PMC8954168
pii: ijerph19063711

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