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  • Research on the elderly during COVID-19 - Dr. Sarah Friedel

    Dr. Sarah Friedel

    This is an Accepted Manuscript for International Psychogeriatrics as part of the

    Cambridge Coronavirus Collection.

    DOI: 10.1017/S1041610220001258



    COVID-19 Health Worries and Anxiety Symptoms among Older Adults: The

    Moderating Role of Ageism

    Dr. Yoav S. Bergman * 1

    Dr. Sara Cohen-Fridel 2

    Prof. Amit Shrira 3

    Prof. Ehud Bodner 3,4

    Prof. Yuval Palgi 5

    1 Faculty of Social Work, Ashkelon Academic College, 12 Ben Tzvi St., Ashkelon,

    78211, Israel

    2 School of Education, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel 52900

    3 Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan,

    Israel 52900

    4 Department of Music, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel 52900

    5 Department of Gerontology, University of Haifa, 199 Abba Khoushy Ave., Haifa,

    3498838, Israel

    -*Corresponding Author:

    Dr. Yoav S. Bergman

    Faculty of Social Work, Ashkelon Academic College

    12 Ben Tzvi St., Ashkelon, 78211, Israel

    Tel. +972-54-2124400, Fax +972-9-9516212


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    A prominent feature of anxiety in late life is concerns regarding physical health.

    Anxiety symptoms among older adults have been connected with various psychological

    outcomes, including social isolation and loneliness. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many

    societies have demonstrated increased ageist attitudes, encouraging older adults to distance

    themselves from society. Accordingly, the current study examined the moderating role of

    COVID-19-related ageism in the connection between COVID-19 health worries and anxiety

    symptoms among older adults.

    Data was collected from 243 older adults (age range 60-92; M = 69.75, SD = 6.69),

    who completed scales assessing COVID-19-related health worries and ageism, as well as

    anxiety symptoms. The results demonstrated that both health worries and ageism were

    positively associated with anxiety symptoms. Moreover, the connection between health

    worries and anxiety symptoms was more pronounced among older adults with high ageism

    levels. The study highlights the vulnerability of older adults in general, and ageist older adults

    in particular, to the negative consequences of COVID-19-related health worries, and

    emphasizes the role of the increased ageist stance of society during the pandemic in this


    Keywords: Ageism, Anxiety symptoms, COVID-19, COVID-19-related health


  • Prof. Nira Mashal

    Prof. Nira Mashal in a special experiment: This is how resident doctors' functioning deteriorates after a 26 hour shift

    Prof. Nira Mashal

    Resident doctors' hospital shifts are 26 hours • This is an unimaginable number of waking hours - where, sometimes, dramatic and life-saving decisions have to be made • In an experiment in collaboration with the brain research lab at Bar Ilan University, we examined what happens to the brain after so many waking hours • Also: In relation to the world, how long are Israeli doctors' shift hours?