The Role of Mass Media in Influencing the Lifestyle of the Elderly during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Publication date: Jun 21, 2023

The elderly represent one of the categories that was most affected by the pandemic period. The purpose of this research was to analyze the ways in which mass media and very often contradictory information flows influenced the lives and personal communications of the Romanian elderly population during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to conduct the research, we used a mixed-methods approach. For the quantitative research, we gave a questionnaire to the elderly population of Romania, and for the qualitative research, we conducted interviews. Our quantitative sample included 881 retired persons with an age between 55 and 94 years old; the mean age was 71. 48 years old with 6. 6 years standard deviation. The elderly described the pandemic period using negative words: fear, loneliness, anxiety, disaster; the channel they mostly watched and trusted was the TV; they were aware of the measures they had to take to protect themselves; they missed most of the meetings with the family and the main problems they had were represented by loneliness, the inability to be with their families or the lack of access to medical services. The elderly’s mass media consumption during the pandemic was mostly represented by TV consumption; the information spread by mass media was sometimes contradictory; it influenced their behavior and may have generated feelings of anxiety among them.

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Concepts Keywords
Elderly coping mechanisms
Pandemic elderly
Romania pandemic
Therapy quality of life
Tv resilience


Type Source Name
disease MESH Lifestyle
disease MESH COVID-19 Pandemic
disease VO population
disease MESH loneliness
disease VO LACK
disease IDO process
drug DRUGBANK Coenzyme M
disease VO time
disease MESH infectious diseases
disease VO vaccinated
disease MESH uncertainty
drug DRUGBANK Medical air
disease IDO intervention
disease MESH infection
disease MESH elder abuse
disease MESH severe acute respiratory syndrome
disease MESH mental illness
disease MESH insomnia
disease MESH morbidity
disease MESH anxiety disorder
disease VO effective
drug DRUGBANK Isoxaflutole
disease MESH hysteria
drug DRUGBANK Ethanol
disease MESH overeating
disease MESH psychosocial functioning
drug DRUGBANK Spinosad
disease MESH defects
disease MESH cognitive dysfunction
disease MESH gastrointestinal diseases
disease MESH cardiovascular diseases
disease MESH fatal outcomes
disease MESH paranoia
disease MESH suicide
disease VO volume
disease VO frequency
disease VO vaccine
disease VO vaccination
disease MESH emergency
disease MESH Panic
disease MESH Death
disease IDO quality

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