An unexpected outcome of the pandemic? Older adults are feeling more confident about aging in place. That’s the finding of a new research study published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society.
Why did the pandemic boost aging-in-place confidence? The research showed that with the challenges the pandemic presented to older adults, including having to live in isolation, it inspired a greater trust in themselves and their abilities, reports seniorsmatter.com.
The study involved a survey completed by 214 people, which asked them to rate their self-confidence in a general sense and in terms of a few scenarios (for example, when it came to managing their own healthcare and when it comes to socializing). It delved into their own confidence levels when it comes to setting up transportation for appointments, to name one scenario.
Comparing people’s survey replies from before the pandemic to those who complete the survey after having lived through the restrictions of the pandemic, the post-pandemic replies showed higher confidence in general, with a marked increase in the confidence in social interactions.
For more about what the researchers gleaned from the findings, to how these findings are good news for caregivers, read the seniorsmatters.com post here.