The coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic downturn have taken a toll on the mental health of adults of all ages in the U.S. In July of 2020, a majority of U.S. adults 18 and older (53%) said that worry and stress related to coronavirus has had a negative impact on their mental health, up from 39% in May of 2020. Similarly, among older adults (ages 65 and older), close to half (46%) in July said that worry and stress related to coronavirus has had a negative impact on their mental health, up from 31% in May of 2020 again.

The share of adults reporting anxiety or depression has increased since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with four in ten adults age 18 and older (40%) reporting symptoms of anxiety or depression in July. Younger adults were significantly more likely than older adults to report anxiety or depression. Even so, the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the mental health of older adults is important to consider, particularly because of the increased rates of social isolation, loneliness, and bereavement that older adults may face due to the pandemic.

– Excerpt from KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation)

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