From the Optimal Aging Portal | Mental health amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Published: April 22, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has changed life as we know it. People across the world have been asked to stay in their homes to prevent the spread of the virus. There is great uncertainty around what the future looks like and for many, this can lead to stress, anxiety and feelings of loneliness. These feelings may be exacerbated for older adults who may be at higher risk for infection, especially those with severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease. The good news is different strategies that include self-care and technology have been shown to be effective in improving mental health and wellbeing and may be of use in times like these.
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The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal (mcmasteroptimalaging.org), a unique online health resource created by McMaster University to support the healthy aging of Canada’s older adult population, is highlighting ways to stay active and engaged while practicing physical distancing during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.