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Older adults and mental health during COVID-19

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We know the elderly are the most vulnerable to becoming ill and dying from COVID-19, but don’t yet fully understand the emotional toll of the virus on this population. It’s prompted The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry to call for more research into the mental health effects of the pandemic.

Retrospective studies of the 2003 SARS epidemic found that rates of suicide among older adults spiked during that time. It’s urgent to study the mental health effects of COVID-19 on older adults in real time so any adverse impact can be anticipated and minimized, according to geriatric experts.

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