Article Accepted Manuscript

The CO-MAsk Approach: Tips for Fostering Mask Use Among Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Author(s) / Creator(s)

Maffoni, Marina
Torlaschi, Valeria
Gabanelli, Paola
Abelli, Paola
Pierobon, Antonia

Abstract / Description

Face masks are effective at limiting contagion of the coronavirus. However, adherence to face mask use among the older adult population is often unsatisfactory due to cognitive impairment, misconceptions, and difficulty in retrieving face masks. This brief note provides healthcare professionals with simple suggestions about how to improve face mask adoption in the older adults, in particular if they suffer from mild cognitive impairment. Thus, clinical reflections and psychoeducational suggestions are summarized into a simple mental roadmap. Specifically, the CO-MAsk approach underlines the necessity to consider the following factors: Cognition (possible cognitive impairment), Occasions (real chances to access correct information and proper protection equipment), Motivation (individual motivation towards sanitary prescriptions) and Assumptions (personal beliefs and understandings). Possible obstacles and practical suggestions for are also discussed. It is of paramount importance that healthcare professionals pay attention to emotional, cognitive and psychological aspects to effectively improve the face masks adherence among older adults, specifically when cognitive decline is present.

Keyword(s)

COVID-19 older adults face mask adherence psychoeducational

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Date of first publication

2021-06-04

Journal title

Europe's Journal of Psychology

Publisher

PsychArchives

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acceptedVersion

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reviewed

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Citation

Maffoni, M., Torlaschi, V., Gabanelli, P., Abelli, P., & Pierobon, A. (in press). The CO-Mask approach: Tips for fostering mask use among older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic [Author accepted manuscript]. Europe's Journal of Psychology. http://doi.org/10.23668/psycharchives.4880
  • Author(s) / Creator(s)
    Maffoni, Marina
  • Author(s) / Creator(s)
    Torlaschi, Valeria
  • Author(s) / Creator(s)
    Gabanelli, Paola
  • Author(s) / Creator(s)
    Abelli, Paola
  • Author(s) / Creator(s)
    Pierobon, Antonia
  • PsychArchives acquisition timestamp
    2021-06-04T09:52:21Z
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    2021-06-04T09:52:21Z
  • Date of first publication
    2021-06-04
  • Abstract / Description
    Face masks are effective at limiting contagion of the coronavirus. However, adherence to face mask use among the older adult population is often unsatisfactory due to cognitive impairment, misconceptions, and difficulty in retrieving face masks. This brief note provides healthcare professionals with simple suggestions about how to improve face mask adoption in the older adults, in particular if they suffer from mild cognitive impairment. Thus, clinical reflections and psychoeducational suggestions are summarized into a simple mental roadmap. Specifically, the CO-MAsk approach underlines the necessity to consider the following factors: Cognition (possible cognitive impairment), Occasions (real chances to access correct information and proper protection equipment), Motivation (individual motivation towards sanitary prescriptions) and Assumptions (personal beliefs and understandings). Possible obstacles and practical suggestions for are also discussed. It is of paramount importance that healthcare professionals pay attention to emotional, cognitive and psychological aspects to effectively improve the face masks adherence among older adults, specifically when cognitive decline is present.
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  • Publication status
    acceptedVersion
  • Review status
    reviewed
  • Citation
    Maffoni, M., Torlaschi, V., Gabanelli, P., Abelli, P., & Pierobon, A. (in press). The CO-Mask approach: Tips for fostering mask use among older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic [Author accepted manuscript]. Europe's Journal of Psychology. http://doi.org/10.23668/psycharchives.4880
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  • ISSN
    1841-0413
  • Persistent Identifier
    https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12034/4315
  • Persistent Identifier
    https://doi.org/10.23668/psycharchives.4880
  • Language of content
    eng
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  • Publisher
    PsychArchives
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  • Is version of
    https://doi.org/10.5964/ejop.6815
  • Is related to
    https://doi.org/10.5964/ejop.6815
  • Is related to
    https://doi.org/10.23668/psycharchives.5238
  • Keyword(s)
    COVID-19
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  • Keyword(s)
    older adults
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  • Keyword(s)
    face mask
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  • Keyword(s)
    adherence
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  • Keyword(s)
    psychoeducational
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  • Dewey Decimal Classification number(s)
    150
  • Title
    The CO-MAsk Approach: Tips for Fostering Mask Use Among Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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  • DRO type
    article
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  • Journal title
    Europe's Journal of Psychology
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    PsychOpenGOLD
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    Accepted Manuscript