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Pandemic Stories: The Voices of Older Adults

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aging, COVID-19, lived experience, resilience


To document the reactions and experiences of older persons during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have conducted a qualitative study of 25 older adults (50 years of age and older) throughout the pandemic, using serial interviewing methods. This analysis reports on the data collected from the first two rounds of interviews – one conducted in the summer of 2020 and one conducted in the fall of 2020. Our thematic analysis found eight major themes: thoughts on the dangers of the pandemic, how the virus has changed daily life (including social life), health care during COVID (being a caregiver, losing a loved one, seeking health care), missing spontaneity and dealing with existential dread, the growing frustration, seeking connection through civic participation, adaptation and resilience, and the social ills that the pandemic has revealed. These stories describe both loneliness and connection, hope coupled with disappointment, but overwhelmingly, an insight into what the pandemic has shown us about the social ills that it has revealed.


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Hayden, L., Warren-Norton, K., Chaze, F., & Roberts, R. (2022). Pandemic stories: The voices of older adults. Canadian Journal on Aging / La Revue Canadienne Du Vieillissement, 1-11. doi:10.1017/S0714980822000113


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