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The COVID-19 pandemic is having, and will continue to have, profound effects on the wellbeing and social interactions of older adults. Because of social distancingrules, we are all missing many of our regular social connections. The purpose of this study is to understand how older Canadians have maintained social connections during COVID-19, and to explore how these changes are affecting their relationships, wellbeing, and use of technology over time.

We are looking for English-speaking adults aged 65 years or older from all backgrounds who would be willing to participate in a research study.  Participants would interviewed by a member of our research team at two time points 8 months apart. Participants will be asked questions about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their social relationships, their overall wellbeing, and their use of technology. The interview will take approximately 30-45 minutes and will be done by telephone or online. The results of this research will be used to develop materials that may help other older adults to learn to use technology to improve their mental health and social connections during COVID-19 and beyond.

This research project entitled "Understanding and supporting the social connections and digital connectivity of older Canadians during and after the COVID-19 pandemic" is being led by Principal Investigator Prof. Kim Lopez, and Prof. Catherine Tong. This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee (ORE #42256). The Research Ethics Committee can be contacted at 1-519-888-4567 ext. 36005 or

 For more information about this study, please read the letter of information here.

If you are interested in participating in this study, or if would like to learn more, please contact the Research Coordinator:

Alexandra Whate


Tel: 519-766-8952

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