Pandemic depression persists, especially among adults who are lonely

Posted on Friday, November 26, 2021

Older man looking depressed

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health of older people living in the community, with those who are lonely faring far worse, according to a new study that looked at data from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, collected both before and during the pandemic.

The study, which was led out of McMaster University and included investigators from the University of Ottawa, was published in the journal Nature Aging. Read the full press release from McMaster University here.

“Since the study originated before the onset of the pandemic, we have a unique opportunity to assess its impact on the mental health of middle-aged and older people. We can really see the factors that are driving poor mental health outcomes for this population and identify policy targets for intervention,” says Vanessa Taler, an Associate Professor and one of two investigators involved from the University of Ottawa’s School of Psychology alongside Patrick Davidson. Taler is the CLSA lead site investigator at the Bruyère Research Institute.  


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