Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Physical Functioning, Disability, and Associated Risk Factors among Older Adults in the United States

Theresa Andrasfay
Postdoctoral Fellow, Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California


  • Eileen Crimmins, University of Southern California


This project assesses the early impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on population-level trends in mobility and ADL limitations and their risk factors among older adults in the United States. Analyses draw upon four nationally representative data sources: the Health and Retirement Study, the National Health Interview Survey, the National Health and Aging Trends Study and the Understanding America Study.


  • Theresa Andrasfay and Eileen Crimmins. “Trends in Physical Functioning and Disability among Older Adults in the United States 2010-2021: An Early Examination of the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, April 2023, New Orleans, LA.
  • Theresa Andrasfay and Eileen Crimmins. “Trends in risk factors for disability and reduced physical functioning throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.” Oral presentation at the Gerontological Society of America 2022 Annual Meeting, November 2022, Indianapolis, IN.