Age Group Differences in Daily Life Changes among Community Residents during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Pilot Study on Intergenerational Comparison

Natsuki Yamamoto-Takiguchi, Eiko Uchiyama, Hiroki Fukahori, Atsuko Taguchi, Satoko Nagata

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Abstract

This study investigated lifestyle changes and the self-reported mental health status of Japanese community residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Differences in demography, daily lifestyle changes, and approaches to problem solving were analyzed in two age cohorts (<60 vs ≥60 years). The prevalence of moderate/increased psychological distress was 31.7%, with no significant difference between the cohorts. Compared with the pre-COVID-19 era, more than 80% of the participants stopped eating out and spent more time at home, and more than 70% used public transport less frequently. There were significant differences between the cohorts for the time spent at home, opportunities to eat meals outside of home, and shopping in stores. Participants aged under 60 years were less likely to use television and newspapers or to consult a family doctor. Those aged over 60 years were less likely to consult friends/ colleagues or to use the Internet/social networking services. Identifying the risk factors for psychological distress is warranted for implementing measures to maintain and improve the physical and mental health of residents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-20
Number of pages10
JournalKeio Journal of Medicine
Volume72
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • community care
  • community residents
  • intergenerational difference
  • public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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