Keyword: Coronavirus

Just What Older People Didn’t Need: More Isolation

The New York Times’ Paula Span reports:

“When the committee looked for promising solutions, it found studies showing that attending exercise programs helped reduce isolation — not a useful approach at the moment. The evidence for much-heralded technological approaches, from robotic pets and Zoom to voice-activated assistants, remains thin thus far. How, then, to help older people maintain their social connections when they’re supposed to be socially, or at least physically, distanced? Individuals and organizations around the country are proposing and trying a variety of tactics.”

‘I Like It, Actually’: Why So Many Older People Thrive in Lockdown

The New York Times’ John Leland reports:

“People age 70 and up account for two-thirds of all coronavirus deaths in New York, though they make up less than 10 percent of the population. Yet many New Yorkers in this age group are thriving during this catastrophe — skilled at being alone, not fearful about their career prospects, emotionally more experienced at managing the great disruption of everyday life that is affecting everyone.”

She’s Alone, 105 and in a Nursing Home Threatened by the Virus

The New York Times’ John Leland reports:

“New York’s nursing homes have long been chronically understaffed, leaving family members to fill critical gaps, from feeding their relatives to checking for bedsores or infection. Now those family members are barred from entry, and existing workers are getting sick, quarantined or quitting because the work has become too dangerous.”