Societal Views of Older Adults as Vulnerable and a Burden to Society during the COVID-19 Outbreak: Results from an Israeli Nationally Representative Sample

Ella Cohn-Schwartz, Liat Ayalon

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Abstract

Objectives: To examine the factors associated with older adults' perceptions of ageism in society during the COVID-19 outbreak, in particular the portrayal of older people as a burden and as vulnerable. Method: Data are based on a nationally representative survey of adults aged 50+ in Israel, conducted during the COVID-19 outbreak (N = 888). Regression models predicted perceptions of societal ageism. The independent variables were dying anxiety, experiences of age-based discriminations, and social resources. Results: Participants who believed older adults were perceived as a burden during the COVID-19 outbreak had higher dying anxiety and reported more age-based discrimination. Living with children and contact with family were protective against perceptions of adults as a burden. Participants who believed older adults were perceived as vulnerable had higher dying anxiety and were less likely to live with children. Discussion: The daily lives of older adults can impact their perceptions of societal ageism during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E313-E317
JournalJournals of Gerontology - Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
Volume76
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2021

Keywords

  • Ageism
  • Coronavirus
  • Death and dying
  • Social networks

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