Older adults are bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic will have consequences on many aspects of the lives of elderly, even beyond the immediate risks of infection and consequent disease and hospitalization. Isolation measures may result in a considerable burden of loneliness and symptoms of anxiety and depression.

The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on physical, emotional and social functioning will be investigated in participants of the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA; www.lasa-vu.nl) . Participant of the study live in several geographic areas throughout the country, including those that are known to have had high rates of infection and hospitalization. Because the non-specific group of ‘older adults’ is very heterogeneous, we will also investigate if some have experienced unanticipated positive effects of the situation. 

APH contact person: Martijn Huisman: ma.huisman@amsterdamumc.nl

This is an initiative taken by APH researchers as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have an initiative to be listed as well, please email us: aph@amsterdamumc.nl.

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