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VIDEO: Social isolation's impact on older people

Updated: Sep 21, 2020

A fence painted with tick marks representing days in lockdown at Level 4 and Live 3 between large hearts
A photo shared by a participant in the Have Our Say project, counting their days in Covid-19 lockdown

Prof Merryn Gott discusses the impact of social isolation among older people during the Covid-19 lockdown in Aotearoa New Zealand. She leads the Te Arai Research Group into Palliative Care & End of Life Research at The University of Auckland's School of Nursing.

Prof Gott says, "This matters because loneliness has a similar impact upon health as smoking or obesity. How people over 70 comply with anticipated long-term restrictions will also be contingent on their response to public health and media messaging. This currently remains unknown, as do their experiences of the lockdown period."

Enjoy this video of our recent free webinar series and read more about her work funded by Auckland Medical Research Foundation's emergency Covid-19 Research Fund.

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