Author : Johnson, John


Association between Negatively Impacted Wellbeing and Alcohol Consumption during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Jiyeon Park; Peter Anto Johnson; John Johnson; Austin Albert Mardon

Canadian Journal of Medicine, In Press
DOI: 10.33844/cjm.2022.6020

Uncertainty about the future, fear of losing a loved one, and countless lockdowns and social distancing restrictions have created great stress for almost everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the wellbeing of individuals has been negatively impacted. Maintaining stable wellbeing is important as is an avoidance of excessive alcohol use, as both factors can potentially harm individual health and lead to death. However, an increase in alcohol purchases and alcohol consumption has been noted globally during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, this article explores the possible connections between affected wellbeing and alcohol usage during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Importance of Music Participation on Mental Health and Wellbeing Among Senior Citizens during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Jiyeon Park; Peter Anto Johnson; John Johnson; Austin Albert Mardon

Canadian Journal of Medicine, In Press
DOI: 10.33844/cjm.2022.6022

As life expectancy continues to increase, it is critical to investigate ways to age successfully physically, mentally, and socially. Senior citizens (65 years and older) tend to struggle with lower mental health and wellbeing and suffer higher incidences of loneliness compared to the younger population. As a result, the COVID-19 pandemic has put them at higher risk, not only of contracting the virus, but also of experiencing feelings of loneliness and depression. Music participation, specifically music therapy, has been known to be an effective tool to promote wellbeing and mental health, especially among the elderly. Thus, this article investigates the changes in mental health and wellbeing among elderly people when participating in music to explore the importance of conducting virtual music participation programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.