Ankara University Faculty of Health Sciences Faculty Department of Social Services Doctor Lecturer Burcu Ozdemir Ocaklı Turkey’s Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) covered by the projects supported, Covidien-19 epidemic examined the effect on intergenerational solidarity in Turkey. A total of 1070 people from 12 provinces participated in the study. In the study, Covidien-19 cases, social distancing implemented in Turkey, together with interest and social isolation, 65+ and exit restrictions on street for 20 years six individuals, travel restrictions, intergenerational solidarity of restrictions curfew on weekends and public holidays were evaluated by how it affects. As a result of the evaluation, the proportion of adult children who described their mental health status as ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’ before the pandemic was 8.1 percent, after the pandemic this rate increased to 36.7 percent, and for individuals over 65, this rate was 7.5 percent. It was seen to increase from 33.3 percent. When the two groups were compared, it was revealed that the mental health of individuals aged 18-64 was more affected during the pandemic process compared to individuals over 65 years of age, and older individuals were more resistant to mental health than younger groups.


Providing information about the project, Dr. Lecturer Ocaklı said that out of 1070 people participating in the study, 536 are adult children and the remaining 534 are elderly parents over the age of 65. “As a result of this research, we have seen some structural changes and sociodemographic changes. One of the prominent in the study is changes in health status. First, physical health; we see that the physical health of all participants is much lower than before the pandemic. We have seen an increase in the rate of those who say “bad”. In the field of physical health, this increase is more among elderly individuals. During the pandemic period, we see that the physical health of women is worse than men. When we look at mental health, both the adult child group between the ages of 18- 64 and the elderly group over the age of 65. “We saw that mental health was worse. But when we compared the two groups, we saw that the mental health was worse in adults between the ages of 18-64. So we can say that the elderly are more resistant in terms of mental health,” he said.


Drawing attention to the fact that all these are reflected in the intergenerational solidarity, Dr. Lecturer Ocaklı said, “What we mean by the intergenerational solidarity is the support given to each other by generations, financial support, practical assistance, help with housework, help in shopping, and a When we look at the frequency of two generations visiting each other in intergenerational solidarity patterns, we see that face-to-face meetings are particularly decreasing. Our data were collected last year. During the Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Adha, we saw that approximately 40 percent of the adult children who visited their parents stopped these visits. We see. Individuals over the age of 65 have a decrease in the frequency of looking after their grandchildren. We see that there is an increase in the rate of those who say ‘I do not look at all’ during the pandemic process, “he said.


Reminding that the physical health of people over the age of 65 especially deteriorated during the pandemic period, Dr. Lecturer Ocaklı said, “We see that while trying to protect them from covid, they actually get other diseases and I think that within the scope of the measures, individuals over the age of 65 should be released and given more freedom. There is a trend in that direction. However, I find it very important to provide psycho-social support, especially in terms of protecting mental health. Community and mental health centers can conduct studies and scans on this issue. Mental psychosocial support lines should be increased online or by phone. I think that local governments, municipalities and NGOs should play a little more role in providing care support to the elderly. Vefa support groups should be increased, especially elderly people should be given psycho-social support, their needs should be met, and financial support should be increased especially d. i’m cold We intend to share these results with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Family Labor and Social Services. According to these results, we aim to increase the services provided to the elderly “.

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