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Mental health and the pandemic: What do loneliness, caregiving, and family conflict have to do with it?

In this video, Dr. Parminder Raina discusses the recent findings on the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on middle-aged and older adults. Hear how loneliness, caregiving, and family conflict are associated with a higher likelihood of depressive symptoms and how these symptoms persist and may worsen over time. 


Learn the answers to the following questions:

  • How has the mental health of older adults been impacted by the pandemic?
  • What social factors have been found to have an impact?
  • What role do loneliness and family conflict play?
  • What research helped to understand this?
  • What interventions can help?

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This work is supported through the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging and funds provided by the Dean and Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. 

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