Effects of Covid 19 lockdown on mental health & well-being to be assessed
The Silver Santé Study’s Age Well clinical trial volunteers are helping our expert researchers learn more about the impact of the Covid 19 lockdown on their mental health and well-being.
The volunteers – all aged 65+ and living in Caen, France – completed a questionnaire at the beginning of the lockdown and another one at the end to help our researchers study the effects of being housebound and isolated from friends, family, and colleagues and its impact on mental health.
Dr Gaël Chételat, Project Coordinator, said: “As the Silver Santé Study is already focused on safeguarding good mental health and well-being in later life, our researchers are ideally placed to explore the effects of the lockdown.”
“Although it presents huge challenges for us all, the lockdown does, however, provide us with an opportunity to learn more about the effects of being isolated from friends, family and colleagues and its impact on our mental health and well-being in later life.
“It will also be very interesting to see whether there is any difference between the group that practiced meditation, the group that learned a new language and the group that made no lifestyle change.
“We hope to have results of this study as soon as possible so that the findings can inform policy and support relating to the current and future lockdowns.”
For advice and links to help older adults safeguard their mental health and well-being during the lockdown see our advice page at https://silversantestudy.eu/2020/04/28/tips-for-maintaining-good-mental-health-and-well-being-during-the-lockdown/
The effects of Covid 19 lockdown isolation are being assessed by Silver Santé researchers.
Delays due to Covid 19 restrictions
Data analysis and planned follow-up testing of volunteers taking part in our Age Well clinical trial have been postponed due to the health and safety restrictions put in place to combat the Covid 19 pandemic.
The restrictions have prevented our researchers from gaining access to data for analysis which will, inevitably, create a delay in the release of the project’s results. Additional follow-up tests, at 21 months after the interventions, have also been delayed and it is hoped that the Wave 1 round will take place in October, restrictions permitting.
Project Coordinator, Dr Gaël Chételat, said: “Naturally, we would rather not experience delays, but the health and well-being of our volunteers and of our researchers is our top priority so the testing will only resume once it is safe to do so.
“We are enormously grateful to our volunteers for devoting their time, energy and commitment to helping us discover more about how we can safeguard mental health in later life.”
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Project experts prepare to present at the world’s largest Alzheimer’s conference
Silver Santé Study experts from several institutions and countries are preparing to present their work at this year’s prestigious Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC).
The conference, which will take place this year online, is the largest and most influential international meeting dedicated to advancing dementia science. Each year, AAIC convenes the world’s leading basic science and clinical researchers, next-generation investigators, clinicians and the care research community to share research discoveries that will lead to methods of prevention and treatment and improvements in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
Silver Santé Study researchers, including those from the University of Caen, Inserm, and Hospices Civils De Lyon in France, UCL in the UK, DZNE in Germany, the University of Geneva in Switzerland and the University of Liége in Belgium will be participating.
Project Coordinator, Dr Gaël Chételat, who will be among those attending the conference, says: “As the world’s leading Alzheimer’s conference, the AAIC provides an invaluable opportunity for us to share our findings with the international scientific community.
“We look forward to doing so and to hearing from other scientists about their most recent findings in this important field of research.”
The AAIC conference will take place online between the 27th and 31st July. For further info visit www.alz.org/aaic/overview.asp
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