## SIG Aging
Mobility patterns of older Canadians during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Virtual Spaces and Loneliness
Dec 15, 2021, 21:00 UTC
Amber DeJohn, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto
Shilpa Dogra, Associate Professor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
During the COVID-19 pandemic, daily activities like exercise and buying groceries have become additionally difficult due to the closure of facilities and lockdown measures, resulting in lower levels of physical exercise and less ideal nutritional habits. Given the greater risk of serious illness due to COVID-19 and severance of in-person activities experienced by older adults, questions arise surrounding how older adults have changed their daily activities and transitioned to technological platforms to maintain physical health. In this talk, two studies focusing on older adults in Toronto, conducted at two different time points in the pandemic, will be presented. In the first study, a mixed methods dataset of 24 older adults is used to explore how older adults have transitioned their daily activities to virtual platforms. Fitbit data from 6 of these 24 participants, situated against changes in lockdown policies, will be used to illustrate trends in daily physical activity over the course of several months of changing lockdown landscapes. In the second study, survey and time use diary data on 100 older Chinese immigrants provide insight into how a vulnerable migrant population negotiates daily mobility and loneliness during the ongoing public health crisis.