The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of people throughout the world, either directly, due to exposure to the virus, or indirectly, due to measures taken to mitigate the virus’ effects.
You are invited to attend a webinar, “Older Adults and COVID-19: Implications for Aging Policy and Practice,” based on a special issue of the Journal of Aging & Social Policy(JASP) and the subsequent book released by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. This volume includes 28 articles written by leading gerontology researchers who offer perspectives on a range of issues surrounding the virus and its impact on older adults, their families, caregivers, and communities.
Exposure to COVID19 has resulted in older adults dying in disproportionately higher numbers, especially in long-term care facilities. Government-mandated actions to lessen the impact of the virus on older adults have had adverse consequences such as increased social isolation, separation from family members, enhanced economic risk, and challenges getting basic needs met. This webinar will examine the impact of COVID-19 for delivering and financing long-term services and supports; high-risk older adults in communities; families and caregivers of older adults; local government and community responses; economic risks for older workers and retirees; and, documenting and combating ageism. Presenters will propose policies and strategies for protecting and improving the lives of older people during the pandemic. They will also draw lessons for aging policy and practice more generally, given underlying challenges brought to the fore by government, provider, community, and individual responses to the pandemic.
The webinar will take place Friday, February 19 at 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (EST).
The programme is available here:
The webinar is co-sponsored by The New School, UMass Boston, and Journal of Aging & Social Policy.