During COVID-19 pandemic, older adults are the segment of the population at higher health risk . Given the important role the risk perception has in influencing both the behaviors and psychological well-being, it appears useful exploring this factor in this segment of the population . Despite different studies already described the factors influencing the risk perception, few focused on older adults . For this reason, we investigated risk perception in 514 people over 60 years during the lockdown . We administered a structured interview collecting socio-demographic information, sources of information used, actions undertaken to avoid contagion, and risk perception . Risk perception related to COVID-19 was significantly lower than the perceived risk associated with other threats, and it was correlated to the number of sources of information used but not to the actions undertaken . Furthermore, we found higher risk perception in who knew infected persons, and a negative correlation between the risk perception and age, with the over 75 perceiving a lower risk of getting infected compared to the younger participants . Our results should be taken as informative for future studies . Indeed, further studies on the older adults and the risk perception during emergencies are needed to better orient both communication and supporting strategies.
Index: Aging, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, older adults, risk perception