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COVID-19 Pandemic: The Lived Experiences of Older Adults in Aged Care Homes

Shi Yin Chee

Millennial Asia, 2020, vol. 11, issue 3, 299-317

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused untold fear and suffering for older adults across the world. According to the World Health Organization, older adults in aged care homes are at a higher risk of the infection living in an enclosed environment with others. This article adopts a qualitative approach using Colaizzi’s phenomenological method to explore the lived experiences of older adults during COVID-19. Between December 2019 and June 2020, 10 in-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with participants aged 60 years and above in two aged care homes. The lived tension that has penetrated all participants’ stories in five themes of the meanings described as ‘disconnected in a shrinking world’ filled with uncertainties. COVID-19 has brought unprecedented challenges and disproportionate threat onto older adults’ lives, relationships and well-being. The overarching message was that older adults believe that ‘this too shall pass’ and regain their freedom that was lost during the pandemic.

Keywords: Ageing; aged care home; coronavirus; COVID-19; lived experiences; Malaysia; older adults (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1177/0976399620958326

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