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Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak and geropsychiatric care for older adults: a view from Turkey

“Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak and geropsychiatric care for older adults: a view from Turkey” article has been published in International Psychogeriatric Journal. It is stated that; the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in Turkey, caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2, is a reflection of the global public health crisis, which was declared by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020 (World Health Organization). As the virus is highly contagious and can quickly spread among people, cases started to appear across the country in a short time. In Turkey, steps toward normalization in social life, also called as a new healthy life under coronavirus, have been being discussed since the beginning of May 2020. However, older adults are still advised to social distancing, which will likely be critical to the so-called “new normal life” soon. We do not know how long this social distancing and isolation period will last, but we see this outbreak will not be the last. This latest outbreak has shown the lack of adequate, human-cantered management plans in the context of elderly care during a pandemic. Extraordinary measures, such as meeting physical, mental, and social needs, should include a detailed description of isolation goals and approaches that increase motivation in older adults.

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