BACKGROUND: As older people are at increased risk of severe and fatal courses of SARS-CoV2 infection, they receive special attention, which, however, often refers one-sidedly to their need for protection . What is needed is a discussion that considers the subjective reality and resources as well as risks .
OBJECTIVE: The study focused on the perspectives of older people . The aim was to shed light on their subjective experience of the corona pandemic . The questions were how they experienced the pandemic, the risks, consequences and protective measures, to what extent these affected their everyday life and how they dealt with it . MATERIAL AND
METHODS: A total of 12 guideline-based telephone interviews were conducted in May and June 2020 with 9 women and 3 men between 77 and 91 years of age, who lived in their own homes, had impaired health and needed help and care . The data were evaluated by structuring content analysis .
RESULTS: The respondents were generally concerned about the corona pandemic but considered their own risk to be low . They saw themselves as hardly affected by the immediate consequences of the crisis or severely restricted in their everyday lives . They experienced insecurity in social life and fear of loneliness was central . Overall, they considered the protective measures to be appropriate but criticized early cancelling, family contact restrictions and dealing with the dying .
CONCLUSION: A moderate degree of direct personal involvement, acceptance and adaptability characterized the experience and handling of the corona pandemic . Resources and skills in dealing with the crisis become visible.