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Global Responses to Covid-19

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The reach of the coronavirus (COVID-19) stretches around the world and has spared no country.  During the crisis, the team at AARP International has seen many countries and communities respond with creative or noteworthy approaches to improve the health and economic wellbeing of their people.


We believe there is value to sharing creative ideas and practices in one place so our global community can consider, learn and potentially implement some of them. 


Although we cannot recommend any of these approaches as validated “best practices,” we invite you to send us innovative approaches from other countries and communities that might be worthy of sharing. Please share official resources, as well as auspicious anecdotal approaches taking place around the world that may be promising (with links to sources, please). We are particularly interested in ideas and practices to support and empower older adults and their families.

Please notify us of additional resource pages here. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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Useful Links

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latest news and blogs

Social Protection and COVID-19: Policy Responses Must Include Older People

"Around the world, social protection enables people to live with dignity by providing access to health services, income, housing, and food. For older people facing poverty or serious illness, these programs can mean life or death." Read full blog by Ben F. Belton, Director, Global Partner Engagement, AARP International and Florian Juergens, Global Social Protection Advisor, HelpAge International. November 2, 2020

COVID-19 And The Future Of Aging: Prospects For Older Workers

This article is the third in a weekly joint series on Covid-19 and the Future of Aging from the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging and Next Avenue. The articles are Q and As with thought leaders in fields ranging from health care to retirement planning to work to intergenerational relationships. Read full interview with Scott Frisch, Chief Operating Officer, AARP  October 25, 2020

Japan has the world’s oldest population. Yet it dodged a coronavirus crisis at elder-care facilities.

"Japan has recorded 1,225 deaths from covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, compared with about 180,000 in the United States. In Japan, 14 percent of the deaths have been in elder-care facilities. That is compared with more than 40 percent in the United States, despite a lower proportion of U.S. seniors living in nursing homes." Read full article from the Washington Post. August 30, 2020

COVID-19 has laid bare the cracks in long-term care. Here's how to fix them

With older adults and care workers in long term care facilities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus, AARP Chief Public Policy Officer Debra Whitman highlights what actions we must take now to prevent further spread and improve the system for future generations. Read full World Economic Forum blog. August 25, 2020

Combating Coronavirus through Service: The Many Benefits of Volunteering and National Service at Any Age

 The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for help, and volunteers of all ages have answered the call to service. Volunteering allows people to serve their communities, while also improving their skills, health, and even longevity. Read full AARP Thinking Policy blog by Joo Yeoun Suh and Erwin Tan. August 3, 2020

Preventing and managing COVID-19 across long-term care services

This policy brief provides 11 policy objectives and key action points to prevent and manage COVID-19 across long-term care. Read full policy brief by WHO. July 24, 2020. 

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AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres discuss COVID-19 and its global impact on older populations.

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COVID-19 is no excuse for ageism

COVID-19 is exposing ageism: discrimination on the basis of a person’s age. As we grow older our lives DO NOT become disposable. COVID-19 is no excuse for ageism. Nothing is. Share this video by HelpAge International 


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