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Covid and Longer Lives: Combating Ageism and Creating Solutions

January 4, 2022

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has exposed long-standing challenges and inequalities in the way we define and protect the rights of older people around the world. The COVID and Ageing Society Virtual Dialogue Series focused on five thematic areas in which older people have been most significantly affected by the pandemic and where there is potential to do more to improve their lives and well-being:

  1. Ageism in the time of Coronavirus
  2. Converging pandemics: isolation and lonelines
  3. Home and community-based care
  4. Long-term care facilities)
  5. Impact of COVID-19 on older adults in low and middle-income countries (LMICs)

The COVID and Longer Lives: Combating ageism and creating solutions Community Paper summarizes the key discussion points and takeaways from the dialogue series and identifies actions that stakeholders – including governments, businesses and non-governmental and civil society organizations – can take to influence change. The GFC on Longevity hopes that the insights from the discussions will spur innovative and collaborative ways of thinking about, and effective responses to, the needs of older adults arising as a result of the pandemic and beyond.