Participants expressed how they adapted their occupations to the restrictions, but also how their doing affected their well-being, further development, and opportunities for social interactions.
Conclusion: The participants, who were older people without any specific diagnosis, reflected upon their daily occupations during an unrehearsed natural experiment when, more than anything else, the social environmental circumstances changed.
Foundation to further research on understanding people’s individual needs
The analysis elucidates how doing, being, becoming, and belonging is embedded in people’s lives. The study can serve as a foundation to further research on understanding people’s individual needs as occupational beings.
A qualitative cross-sectional study with a deductive analytical approach was selected to guide the study. Data were elicited through semi-structured interviews in June 2020 as part of a longitudinal research project on consequences of the pandemic for older adults’ everyday life and well-being (Fristedt et al., 2021).
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