Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of Peruvian older adults

  • Funded by Department of Health and Social Care / National Institute for Health and Care Research (DHSC-NIHR), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • Total publications:2 publications

Grant number: MR/V028650/1

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  • Funder

    Department of Health and Social Care / National Institute for Health and Care Research (DHSC-NIHR), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • Principle Investigator

  • Research Location

    Peru, Americas
  • Lead Research Institution

    University College London
  • Research Category

    Policies for public health, disease control & community resilience

  • Research Subcategory

    Approaches to public health interventions

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  • Age Group

    Older adults (65 and older)

  • Vulnerable Population


  • Occupations of Interest



The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected older adult populations worldwide. Older adults have the highest morbidity and mortality due to COVID-19. Restrictive mobility measures (quarantine, and/or social distancing) aim to reduce viral transmission and protect the most vulnerable. However, there are likely to be unintended consequences of such restrictive measures on the mental (and physical) health of older adults, including increasing feelings of loneliness, reduced physical activity, depression and anxiety. Thus, studies that seek to understand the direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19 on the mental health of older adults are urgently needed, particularly among countries with less robust social and health systems such as Peru. Peru, a middle-income country, has experienced one of the highest rates of COVID-19 infection and deaths per million people. Furthermore, adults 65 years of age and over represent around 10% of the Peruvian population, and around 25% of them live in poverty. The overall objective of this research proposal is to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and consequent restriction measures on the mental health of older adults from low socioeconomic conditions in areas of Lima, Peru. We plan to conduct a qualitative study, remotely by telephone, using open-ended questions to elicit the points of view and experiences of older adults. Results from this study will generate data to inform future interventions and policy to mitigate the effects of restrictive mobility measures on the physical and mental health of older adults from this and other low resource settings as the pandemic progresses.

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

"We can't carry the weight of the whole world": illness experiences among Peruvian older adults with symptoms of depression and anxiety.