Month/Year of Graduation
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Dr. Timi Barone
This study explores the impact of social distancing precautions in response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic by resident seniors in an assisted living facility. Previous studies describe how social distancing regulations can amplify feelings of loneliness in all age groups. However, pandemic-related lockdowns and social distancing measures disproportionately affect vulnerable older populations. Resident seniors in an assisted living facility in Omaha, NE participated in a semi-structured interview focused on the perceived impact of COVID-19 safety precautions. Participants reported a temporal dimension of impact, specifically, an increased level of loneliness in the evening, but also discussed the importance of encouragement from a variety of sources, and various coping mechanisms. I discuss how the results create a clearer picture of the experience of seniors in a group living environment during the pandemic and identify key areas of improvement to alleviate the feelings of loneliness which may limit the long-term effect of social distancing on mental health.
McLaughlin, Mary, "COVID-19’s Impact of Social Isolation on Seniors in an Assisted Living Facility" (2021). Theses/Capstones/Creative Projects. 129.