Article of the month – September 2020
The website committee selected as publication of the month September:
Giebel, Clarissa, Kathryn Lord, Claudia Cooper, Justine Shenton, Jacqueline Cannon, Daniel Pulford, Lisa Shaw et al. “A UK survey of COVID‐19 related social support closures and their effects on older people, people with dementia, and carers.” International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
This is the first study to quantify how the pandemic has impacted social support service availability, and to explore the impact of this on the lives of older adults and people living with dementia across the UK. A total of 569 participants were involved in the study. Findings suggest that social support service usage was significantly reduced post Covid-19 and that failure to access these contributed to worse quality of life and anxiety. Seeking alternative ways to re-provide support to meet the needs of those requiring social support are recommended.