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Aging and Social Justice: A slow-motion virtual conference

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As we have all seen, COVID-19 has been a tip of an iceberg, exposing deep layers of social stratification and inequities. From the mass deaths in long-term care and nursing homes and exposure of the working conditions of care workers, to Black Lives Matter demonstrations and the violent responses to them, the critical importance of taking an intersectional approach to …

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In and outside the nursing home: On the (im)possibilities of meaningful contact while being held apart

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Ben (77) wrote this poem when he became unable to visit his wife Lise in the nursing home where she lived, expressing the loss and desperation of suddenly and indefinitely being held apart. As part of the measures taken in the Netherlands to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a visit ban had been imposed on nursing homes. Apart from staff, …

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On Vulnerability, Resilience, and Age: Older Americans Reflect on the Pandemic

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Every morning, Americans wake up to fresh news of the heavy toll the coronavirus pandemic is exerting upon vulnerable older people—from the likelihood of developing a more severe form of Covid-19, to the risks of isolation and mental health problems as they give up social contacts in order to stay safe. We read essays like the New York Times opinion

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How is the pandemic affecting people with dementia? A case study

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Our team is completing a rapid appraisal study of the perceptions of frontline long-term care (LTC) workers in a southern state about care during the COVID-19 pandemic. One specific area of heightened concern is caring for people with dementia in congregate facilities during this global health crisis. Person-centered care for people with ADRD (Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias) is based on the …

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“Out of options”: The implications of COVID-19 for hospitalized patients with cognitive impairment

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“How about a walk today?” I asked Mr. T each morning I arrived to the hospital, visiting him on my morning rounds. Mr T. grinned back at me from the edge of his bed beneath his bright red veteran’s baseball cap, a sharp contrast to the dull monotone hospital gown. “Oh you betcha, doc,” he smiled. Our daily stroll entailed …

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Population Ageing and COVID-19 Infections in Sri Lanka

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This essays builds on my previous research on history of malaria epidemics in Sri Lanka, intergenerational support mechanisms for elderly and ongoing research work on identity, infection and fear within the context of CIVID-19 pandemic. This work points to the relevance of ageing within the Sri Lankan population as well as the participation of Sri Lankan migrant workers in overseas …