DETERMINING THE LEISURE TIME ACTIVITIES OF INDIVIDUALS OVER 60 YEARS WHO CAN NOT GO OUTSIDE DUE TO CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC AND EVALUATION OF THEIR THOUGHTS ON THE VITAL CHANGES BROUGHT BY THE PANDEMIC

Abstract

Author(s): Sezen SONER AYKUT Serdar AYKUT

The coronovirus emerging in Wuhan, China, spread rapidly in a short time with the effect of globalization and was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. The coronavirus pandemic, which is seen in 210 regions and countries in the world, requires some measures to be taken on a global and national scale. Besides macro measures such as closing the borders between countries and restrictions in trade, it also makes micro measures such as restricting individual freedoms. The aim of this study is to determine the leisure activities of individuals aged 60 and over who cannot go out on the streets due to the coronavirus epidemic and stay at home, and to evaluate their thoughts about the life changes brought about by the epidemic. Qualitative research method was used in the research. The study group of the study consists of 10 individuals aged 60 and over who live in Ankara. Semi-structured interview technique was used in the research. The interview form created by the researchers consists of 21 questions that determine the socio-demographic characteristics and psychosocial needs of individuals. Content analysis technique was used to analyze the data. As a result of the research, it was found that individuals' anxiety levels increased, sleep patterns and daily routines changed, they needed psychological support and they did not have enough technological knowledge to continue their vital activities due to the vital changes due to coronavirus pandemics. In addition, it was determined that they spent time by watching television and reading books at home during the social isolation process.

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