Economic hardship from COVID-19 will hit minority seniors the most

New data shows the Great Recession hurt older, poorer Blacks and Hispanics the most. The pandemic downturn is likely to be even worse for them.

Jane Tavares, Research Fellow, LeadingAge LTSS Center, University of Massachusetts Boston • conversation
Aug. 24, 2020 ~7 min

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The loneliness of social isolation can affect your brain and raise dementia risk in older adults

The social isolation older adults are experiencing as they try to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic is raising new mental health risks, but people can take steps to protect themselves.

Martin J. Sliwinski, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Director of the Center for Healthy Aging, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Aug. 4, 2020 ~9 min

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Social isolation: The COVID-19 pandemic's hidden health risk for older adults, and how to manage it

Social distancing is leaving older Americans more isolated and opening them up to serious health risks.

Matthew Lee Smith, Co-Director of Texas A&M Center for Population Health and Aging, Texas A&M University • conversation
July 6, 2020 ~8 min

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People share fewer memories as they get older

The older people are, the fewer memories they share, research finds. And when they do share, they do it in less detail than younger people do, too.

Alexis Blue-U. Arizona • futurity
June 29, 2020 ~6 min

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Coronavirus shows how ageism is harmful to health of older adults

Prejudice toward older Americans can impact their physical and emotional health.

Phillip W. Schnarrs, Associate Professor of Population Health, University of Texas at Austin • conversation
June 15, 2020 ~7 min

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Prescription drug costs would have been a major campaign issue, so what will happen now that coronavirus is center stage?

Studies repeatedly have shown that health care in general and the high cost of drugs in particular are among the top concerns of US voters. But with coronavirus, the issue may fade from prominence.

Simon F. Haeder, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
May 20, 2020 ~9 min

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How coronavirus could forever change home health care, leaving vulnerable older adults without care and overburdening caregivers

Home health care is a much trickier question after COVID-19, and that becomes an issue for millions of older people who rely on home health care, as well as the workers who care for them.

Paula Rochon, Senior research scientist, University of Toronto • conversation
May 18, 2020 ~8 min

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Pandemic decision: Caregiving at home or a nursing home?

What's better during the pandemic, caregiving at home or a nursing home? An expert in palliative and long-term care offers some advice.

Laura Bailey-Michigan • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~6 min

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Rush back to work risks hundreds of thousands of lives

"If policymakers prioritize short-term economic productivity more, their quarantine policies may lead to many times more deaths and hospitalizations..."

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~8 min

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Pandemic decision: Caregiving at home or a nursing home?

What's better during the pandemic, caregiving at home or a nursing home? An expert in palliative and long-term care offers some advice.

Laura Bailey-Michigan • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~6 min

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