The Worst of Times: Depressive Symptoms Among Racialized Groups Living With Dementia and Cognitive Impairment During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

TitleThe Worst of Times: Depressive Symptoms Among Racialized Groups Living With Dementia and Cognitive Impairment During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of PublicationForthcoming
AuthorsBrown, MJ, Adkins-Jackson, PB, Sayed, L, Wang, F, Leggett, A, Ryan, LH
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Pagination8982643231223555
ISSN Number1552-6887
KeywordsCognition, COVID, Dementia, depression, Older Adults
Abstract

To explore differences in depressive symptoms for older adults (Black, Latinx, and White) by cognitive status during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Data from the Health and Retirement Study identified older adults as cognitively normal, cognitively impaired without dementia (CIND), and persons living with dementia (PLWD). Multiple linear regression analyses examined associations between cognitive status and depressive symptoms among these racialized groups. Compared to the cognitively normal older adults racialized as Black, those with CIND reported higher depressive symptoms during the pandemic (overall and somatic) and PLWD had higher somatic symptoms ( < .01). Older adults racialized as White with CIND reported higher somatic ( < .01) symptoms compared to cognitively normal older adults racialized as White. The COVID-19 pandemic was a challenging event among older adults racialized as Black with CIND and PLWD. Future studies should examine if these depressive symptoms persist over time.

DOI10.1177/08982643231223555
Citation Key13711
PubMed ID38128585