The COVID-19 pandemic is changing how we look at aging

Margaret Coates

OLDER AND WISER: Pandemic changes how we look at aging.

Oct. 1 is the International Day of Older Persons and the theme this year is: Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Aging? But why the concentration on pandemics this year, especially COVID-19? As UN secretary general Antonio Guterres states: “The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold fear and suffering for older people across the world. Beyond its immediate health impact, the pandemic is putting older people at greater risk of poverty, discrimination, and isolation.”

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