Older adults in the Netherlands (survey research)

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(Vrije Universiteit, AISSR, Trimbos Institute).

Henriëtte van der Roest (Programma Ouderen, Trimbos-instituut, Utrecht), Marleen Prins (Programma Ouderen, Trimbos-instituut, Utrecht), Claudia van der Velden (Programma Ouderen, Trimbos-instituut, Utrecht), Stephanie Steinmetz (Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen, Universiteit van Amsterdam), Elske Stolte (Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Theo van Tilburg (Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) en Danny de Vries (Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen, Universiteit van Amsterdam)

This sub-project focuses on the older population (defined as people 65+) and how they cope with in particular the social isolation during the COVID-19 crisis. It consists out of two parts:

On the one hand, data is collected among older adults living in their own home/ independently. For this part of the project the LISS panel is used which is a probability based online panel (https://www.website.lisspanel.nl/). At two time points (May and June 2020) 1.882 panel members are asked, among others, about loneliness, social contacts, informal and formal support, coping strategies and health. The longitudinal design allows to examine changes in the situation of older adults over time, Moreover, it will be possible to detail the analyses further differentiating between for instance young old vs oldest, people with a pre-condition vs healthy people or between regions.

On the other hand, the project also examines the situation of older adults in nursing homes and residential care facilities. For this purpose three different volunteer online surveys have been disseminated among family members of residents, care staff as well as to residents without cognitive problems. Participants answered questions about, among others, frequency and alternatives for visits to maintain social contact with residents, general well-being, loneliness, mood, behaviour and day time activities of residents. The data collection entails two waves, one in May and the follow-up in June 2020.

Results older adults living alone

The results of the impact on older adults living alone while social distancing during the corona crisis are in. On avarage they are coping well but there differences between different groups. The results and policy brief can be find here (Dutch):


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