Staying indoors: the long-term impact of lockdown on older adults’ health and wellbeing

Centre for Ageing Better
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In this blog, Alison Giles, Associate Director for Healthy Ageing, discusses how the pandemic has increased the declines in physical activity that start to occur after age 50.

Back in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, as more and more people were being treated in intensive care and the death toll was rising, it became apparent that there was a strong relationship between severity of illness from the virus and an individual’s age. We also saw a striking gender difference, with older men more likely to succumb to illness and death than older women.