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Those Who Come Early: Reflections on the Social Standing of Senior Citizens in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Japan

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Morning Queues

The drugstore opened at ten in the morning in a Tokyo suburb. Despite it being a cold, rainy Monday at the beginning of April, seven people were already standing in a queue waiting for the store to open. They were there to buy face masks, even though there were signs on the front wall stating, This shop will

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The power of bingo during COVID-19

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As lockdowns impose physical distancing, communities are imagining new ways to connect, and there is one surprising, shared tactic communities across the world are using to bolster social ties: bingo. 

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Stories of bingo play during the pandemic abound online. Neighbourhoods across Englandhave joined together to play bingo in the streets, with many offering cleaning supplies and toilet …

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Caring in the time of corona: Technological possibilities and limitations

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“Now is the moment to put the failures of the past behind us, and set our sights on the NHS being the most cutting-edge system in the world for the use of technology to improve our health, make our lives easier, and make money go further, harnessing the amazing explosion of innovation that the connection of billions of minds through

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“There are worse places to spend a lockdown”: Privileged and at risk British retirees in Spain

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It was a sunny Tuesday morning, at the beginning of March 2020. The dirt pétanque field in a Catalan coastal town was filled with English chatter about golf, gardening and the occasional Brexit reference. A new topic had infiltrated the conversation: COVID-19. As a group of British retirees living in Spain, most of the players were in their late 60’s …

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Virginia’s story: How the COVID-19 crisis can help us think about older adults who live in perennial abandonment

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V: Oh sweetie, don’t leave me. 

Magdalena: I have to go home now. But on Monday, I can bring you the Coca-Cola you asked me for. 

V: I’m not interested in the soda. You’re what’s interesting, someone to talk to. I don’t want to be left alone. Give me your hand; don’t go just yet. 

They had told me about …

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Of grandparents, memories and the pandemic

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While growing up in a small town in the eastern state of Bengal (India), our summer vacations would be spent in Kolkata at the maternal grandparents (or mamar bari, as fondly referred to by Bengalis). Sitting comfortably on a woven bamboo mat on sultry afternoons, my grandfather would tell us haunting stories of poverty, hunger and death in the most …