Background: Global experts repeat the warning that the fight against COVID-19 is not over yet. If the increase in the number of cases continues, there may be a possible quarantine process in the coming days and it is clear that the elderly will be affected first. This research was conducted to determine the effects of the quarantine applied during the COVID-19 pandemic on the elderly living in the Central Anatolian Region of Turkey.
Methods: The research was carried out between April 6 and May 11, 2020 with 21 elderly individuals selected by purposive sampling method and in the quarantine process. The data were collected through in-depth interviews via the Semi-Structured Interview Form, paying attention to social distance in the open area during the hours when the elderly are allowed to go out. The collected data were analyzed through content analysis.
Results: The sub-theme of "A right decision" among the expressions of the elderly who had positive opinions about the quarantine; The sub-themes of "boring/depressive process" emerged from the expressions of the elderly who had negative opinions.
Conclusion: In the study, it was determined that quarantine affects the elderly negatively in general.