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Article Type: Review Article Discipline / Field: Psychology

“COVID-19 Psychology” among Older Adults: As a Grief Process


Citation: Senol-Durak, E., & Durak, M. (2020). “COVID-19 psychology” among older adults: As a grief process. Journal of Aging and Long-Term Care, 3(1), 27–32.

Received: September 25, 2020, Accepted: , Published Online: December 9, 2020 10.51819/jaltc.2020.901148

Correspondence: Mithat DURAK,


COVID-19 Pandemic affected individuals around the world dramatically. It is a transition process influencing the coping resources of individuals. Several disorders such as coronavirus fear/anxiety, illness-anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder have been seen among individuals. Older adults have had trouble during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lockdown experience lasting many days, social isolation, being able to leave home in a limited time zone affect older adults negatively. The paper is focused on interpreting psychological stages determined by Elizabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler (2005) to the COVID-19 process. Those stages help professionals to understand older adults’ reactions afterward COVID-19 Pandemic. In addition, the paper includes cognitive, behavioral, and emotional suggestions to cope with COVID-19 psychology.