Age is Just a Number: The Lived Experiences of Institutionalized Elderly Amid COVID-19 Pandemic (78035)

Session Information: Aging and Gerontology
Session Chair: Joana Grace Carlos

Friday, 29 March 2024 11:40
Session: Session 2
Room: Room D (Live Stream)
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

The research sought to explore the lived experiences of the institutionalized elderly during COVID-19 Pandemic. The purpose of the study is to uncover their way of meaning-making patterns that have shaped their stay in the institution. This study conducted a semi-structured interview with 6 idiographic illustrations as it utilized a qualitative research design and specifically employed Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. The findings of the study have revealed that institutionalization amid the pandemic has made them think that they are a liability, physically inadequate, and conditionally accepted. This sudden life transition made them feel the pain of not mattering, a longing for freedom, and a high sense of nostalgia. Consequently, despite their negative thoughts and feelings towards institutionalization during the crisis, they still choose to rise above the challenges by choosing to cope positively. Instead of feeling lonely, they connect with their non-familial relationship, embrace life for what it is, and strengthened their faith in God. In essence, this study is deemed to be significant in policy-making due to the susceptibility of this population to COVID-19. By highlighting the lived experiences of the institutionalized elderly, the findings can help and serve in developing meaningful program intervention efforts as points of action during the pandemic and beyond. As such, the study recommends that it is imperative to create strategic planning to cater to the geriatric population’s diverse and progressing needs.

Joana Grace Carlos, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Philippines
Christoper Sasot, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Philippines

About the Presenter(s)
Joana Grace Carlos is a graduate of Master in Psychology at Polytechnic University of the Philippines. She is a Mental Health Advocate, a Licensed Professional Teacher and a Registered Psychometrician.

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