Research Article - Journal of Mental Health and Aging (2023) Volume 7, Issue 2
Older adultsâ?? mental health through information and communication support systems: A scoping review.
There has been an increased risk of mental health issues among older adults due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The aim of this scoping review is to use emerging evidence to identify the types of information and communication support system needed by older adults above 60 years to support the stability of their mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sixteen studies about information and communication support for mental health of older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic were identified with search from EMBASE, CINAHL, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, JBI Evidence Synthesis, and Epistemonicos. A thematic synthesis of the data revealed that the use of information and communication support systems by older adults can lead to a reduction in social isolation, acquisition of relevant information, improvement in wellbeing and a general balance in mental health. Therefore, information and communication support system should be employed and tailored based on their skill maximum benefits.Author(s): Udoh Idorenyin1*, Mpofu Elias1,2,3