A Narrative Review of Loneliness and Brain Health in Older Adults: Implications of COVID-19

Janelle N. Beadle, Angela Gifford, Abi Heller

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Abstract

Purpose of Review: This narrative review highlights important factors contributing to loneliness in older adults prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic and effects on brain health. Recent Findings: We characterize risk factors for loneliness in older adulthood and the impact of COVID-19. Furthermore, we discuss the implications of loneliness for older adults’ brain health. Summary: Understanding the multifactorial causes of loneliness in different subpopulations of older adults both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic will provide insights for the development of interventions targeted to reduce loneliness in older adults based on their specific risk factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCurrent Behavioral Neuroscience Reports
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • Aging
  • COVID-19
  • Loneliness
  • Neuroimaging
  • Older adulthood
  • Social isolation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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