Agency and Mental Health Among Peruvian Older Adults During the COVID-19 Lockdown

Oscar Flores-Flores, Diego Otero-Oyague, Lorena Rey-Evangelista, Alejandro Zevallos-Morales, Gabriela Ramos-Bonilla, Ivonne Carrión, Vanessa Patiño, Suzanne L. Pollard, Jose F. Parodi, John R. Hurst, Joseph J. Gallo, Rodney Reynolds

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OBJECTIVES: To explore the experiences of older Peruvian adults living in urban areas of Lima under lockdown due to the National COVID-19 Emergency, this study analyzes how older adults (aged 60 and older) exercise agency while also living with the negative impacts of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and related control measures. METHODS: Between August and December 2020, our research team conducted a telephone-based, qualitative study, in which we undertook semistructured interviews with a purposive sample of low-income older adults living with chronic multimorbidities and limited resources. Forty older adults, 24 women and 16 men, with a mean age of 72 years, participated in the study. For data analysis, we employed thematic analysis with a predominantly inductive approach. RESULTS: Older adults demonstrated several forms of agency to regulate emotions, maintain crucial bonds, foster social relationships, and seek economic and food security. Older adults experienced entertainment and support by caring for pets, undertaking farm work, and practicing their religious beliefs. For several participants and their families, quarantine was an opportunity to strengthen family relationships and learn new technologies. Older adults and their families reorganized themselves to assume new roles and perform activities that improved self-worth and confidence, thereby improving their well-being and mental health. DISCUSSION: Peruvian older adults exerted agency in different ways to respond to and sustain their mental health during the COVID-19 lockdown. Policymakers should value and recognize the agency of older adults when planning future health responses.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)1109-1117
Número de páginas9
PublicaciónThe journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences
EstadoPublicada - 26 may. 2023


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