McNair Scholars Research Journal


Human beings need to have social interaction to be able to survive. Social and emotional isolation affects not only mental health but physical health as well (Coyle & Dugan, 2012). Recent research reported that “the prevalence of severe loneliness among older people living in care homes is at least double that of community-dwelling populations: 22-42% for the care population compared with 10% for the community population” (Victor, 2012, p. 637). The Centers for Disease Control [CDC] (2020a) reported that “80% of deaths associated with COVID-19 were among adults aged ≥65 years” (para. 1). This paper examines what older adults are experiencing in long-term facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is affecting them. Additionally, it discusses how seniors of color are affected differently by the pandemic and how racism and anxiety are correlated in this situation. This paper offers possible solutions for long-term care facilities in order to improve the quality of life for all residents and staff.