Psychological therapy for older adults in the time of COVID-19: Older adults’ perceptions on the acceptability of online versus face to face versions of a mindfulness for later life group

Pacini, Adele; Vseteckova, Jitka and Pappas, Yannis (2020). Psychological therapy for older adults in the time of COVID-19: Older adults’ perceptions on the acceptability of online versus face to face versions of a mindfulness for later life group. Biomedical Journal of Scientific and Technical Research, 31(1) pp. 23912–23916.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26717/BJSTR.2020.31.005049

Abstract

Introduction: The current study assesses the acceptability of an online mindfulness group for older adults who use ICT during COVID-19, and whether it is preferred over a face to face group.

Methods: Older adults completed a web based survey on their preference for face to face and online mindfulness groups. Participants were recruited from the community in the East Anglia region of the UK. Thirty six older adults responded to the questionnaire, aged between 65-80 years old. The survey comprised fixed response measures of preference for different formats of the mindfulness for later life group, along with qualitative responses of reasons for this.

Results: Seventy three percent of respondents wanted to attend an online version of the group, with 39% expressing a preference for face to face interventions. Qualitative data was analyzed using thematic analysis.

Discussion: The service provision implications of these findings are discussed in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Keywords: COVID-19; Psychological Interventions; Mindfulness; Older Adults; Wellbeing; Self-Isolation; Social Isolation

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