Determination of Death Anxiety and Death-Related Depression Levels in the Elderly During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Omega (Westport). 2023 Nov;88(1):274-286. doi: 10.1177/00302228221082429. Epub 2022 Mar 26.

Abstract

The aim of the study is to determine the levels of death anxiety and death-related depression in the elderly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The sample of the descriptive-relational study includes 344 elderly people registered in a family health center. It was determined that the most dreaded fear reported by the elderly who got COVID-19 infection was death, and there was a highly significant positive correlation between death anxiety and death-related depression ratings of the elderly and that as the average death anxiety score of the elderly rises, so does the degree of death-related depression.

Keywords: COVID-19; death; death anxiety; depression; elderly.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Anxiety
  • COVID-19*
  • Death
  • Depression
  • Humans
  • Pandemics