School of Behavioral Sciences


Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)


Jason Ward


age population, masking requirements, pandemic, lived experiences, preventative mandates, COVID-19, mental health




The purpose of this qualitative, phenomenological study is to understand the lived-experiences of individuals over 60 years old. This study was done to specifically understand psychological effects of adhering to protective measure put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. A pandemic can be described as a global epidemic that has the ability to spread to other continents. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted thousands of people worldwide. There have been multiple preventative measures put in place for individuals to follow to reduce the spread of the virus. The mandates vary depending on the country and state in which an individual lives in. Many individuals’ mental health has been impacted due to the mandates and preventative measures put in place in their communities. Individuals all over the world experienced some sort of change which may have impacted their lived experiences. More research in this area is needed to help individuals understand more about how preventative measures have the potential to alter a person’s lived experiences. This research can be used to help understand how protective mandates impact individual’s lived experiences to help people manage during future pandemics.

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