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Experiencing of The Covid-19 Epidemic of Older Adults: First Results of A Qualitative Analysis In Slovenia
At the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic, measures were taken by the state authorities to prevent, spread and control this epidemic, which affected the lives of each individual and caused different experiences and responses. The purpose of our study was to gain a deeper insight into the implications of measures to limit the Covid-19 epidemic in older adults. The empirical part of the article was based on a qualitative approach in which we used the method of text analysis. Data in the form of text were obtained with an open-ended question, which we placed in a questionnaire to investigate the experience and effects of Covid-19. The survey was conducted in April 2020. In an open-ended question, respondents were able to further explain and shed light on how the Covid-19 epidemic affected them. Data in the form of text were obtained from 89 adults aged between 55 and 94 years and were further processed using the method of qualitative text analysis. The results of the analysis show that most older adults experience the Covid-19 epidemic negatively. The measures, including restrictions on movement and social contacts, as well as the political situation, aroused feelings of fear and insecurity. They also felt cramped and lonely, as well as anger at the situation.