NORC at the University of Chicago, and its partners TMNCorp and Burness, conducted a study on behalf of the National Foundation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC Foundation) with technical assistance from CDC to identify the needs and concerns of older adults living in the community and their family and friend caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study included a special focus on disproportionately affected populations, such as racial and ethnic minorities, rural populations, tribal populations and people with disabilities. As part of their research activities, NORC and its partners conducted a nationally representative survey of older adults, which found 44 percent of older adults reported feeling less socially connected and 26 percent reported feeling more lonely or sad since the start of the pandemic. To learn more about the findings and available public health strategies and interventions to support older adults and their caregivers during the pandemic, read the full study and the executive summary.
February 17, 2021