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Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Muslim older immigrants in Edmonton, Alberta: a community-based participatory research project with a local mosque

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COVID-19 pandemic, immigrants, older adults, community-based participatory research

Abstract (summary)

Objective: Older Muslim immigrants experience multiple vulnerabilities living in Canada. This study explores the experiences of Muslim older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic to identify ways to build community resilience as part of a community-based participatory research partnership with a mosque in Edmonton, Alberta. Methods: Using a mixed-methods approach, check-in surveys (n = 88) followed by semi-structured interviews (n = 16) were conducted to assess the impact of COVID-19 on older adults from the mosque congregation. Quantitative findings were reported through descriptive statistics, and thematic analysis guided the identification of key findings from the interviews using the socioecological model. Results: Three major themes were identified in consultation with a Muslim community advisory committee: (a) triple jeopardy leading to loneliness, (b) decreased access to resources for connectivity, and (c) organizational struggles to provide support during the pandemic. The findings from the survey and interviews highlight various supports that were missing during the pandemic for this population. Conclusion: The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the challenges associated with aging in the Muslim population and contributed to further marginalization, with mosques being sites of support during times of crises. Policymakers and service providers must explore ways of engaging mosque-based support systems in meeting the needs of older Muslim adults during pandemics.

Publication Information

Rehmani, A. I., Abdi, K., Mabrouk, E. B., Zhao, T., Salami, B. O., Jones, A., Tong, H., & Salma, J. (2023). Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Muslim older immigrants in Edmonton, Alberta: A community-based participatory research project with a local mosque. Canadian journal of public health = Revue canadienne de sante publique, 114(3), 378–388.


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Attribution (CC BY)