|Title||Resilience in Older Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Socioecological Approach.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2021|
|Authors||Igarashi, H, Kurth, M, Lee, HSoo, Choun, S, Lee, D, Aldwin, C|
|Journal||J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci|
OBJECTIVES: We examined sources of vulnerability and resilience among older adults early in the COVID-19 pandemic.
METHODS: We surveyed 235 respondents, 51-95 years old (M = 71.35; SD = 7.39; 74% female), including two open-ended questions concerning COVID-19-related difficulties and positive experiences during the past week. Using inductive coding, we found nine final codes for difficulties and 12 for positives and grouped them into socioecological levels: personal, interpersonal, and societal.
RESULTS: Difficulties were reported by 94% of the sample, while 63% described positives. Difficulties and positive responses were made at all socioecological levels and illustrated a dialectic between personal level constraints and opportunities, interpersonal level social isolation and integration, and societal level outrage, sorrow, and social optimism.
DISCUSSION: Respondents described sources of vulnerabilities and resilience that supported a socioecological approach to understanding resilience during this pandemic. A notable example was resilience derived from witnessing and contributing to community and social solidarity, highlighting the potential of older adults as resources to their communities during the global pandemic.
|Alternate Journal||J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci|
|PubMed Central ID||PMC8083195|