TitleResilience in Older Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Socioecological Approach.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsIgarashi, H, Kurth, M, Lee, HSoo, Choun, S, Lee, D, Aldwin, C
JournalJ Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci
Date Published04/2021
ISSN1758-5368
Abstract

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.

DOI10.1093/geronb/gbab058
Alternate JournalJ Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci
PubMed ID33881504
PubMed Central IDPMC8083195