1st Edition

Ageing and COVID-19 Making Sense of a Disrupted World

Edited By Maria Łuszczyńska, Marvin Formosa Copyright 2021
    348 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    348 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

    This volume presents a range of research approaches to the exploration of ageing during a pandemic situation. One of the first collections of its kind, it offers an array of studies employing research methodologies that lend themselves to replication in similar contexts by those seeking to understand the effects of epidemics on older people. Thematically organised, it shows how to reconcile qualitative and quantitative approaches, thus rendering them complementary, bringing together studies from around the world to offer an international perspective on ageing as it relates to an unprecedented epidemiological phenomenon. As such, it will appeal to researchers in the field of gerontology, as well as sociologists of medicine and clinicians seeking to understand the disruptive effects of the recent coronavirus outbreak on later life.

    Introduction: the challenges facing ageing during COVID-19

    Marvin Formosa and Maria Łuszczyńska

    Part 1: COVID-19 as the unknown

    1. The phenomenon of the COVID-19 pandemic against the background of its era

    Bohdan W. Wasilewski

    2. COVID-19 lockdown and social distance measures: a ‘perfect storm’ for social isolation and loneliness in later life

    Marvin Formosa

    3. Death and dying vs. COVID-19: a hermeneutic approach toward understanding the social process

    Maria Łuszczyńska

    Part 2: Social attitudes and strategies

    4. Unmasking features of the state of the epidemic: what is the uniqueness of the position of older people in Poland?

    Mariola Racław and Dobroniega Głębocka

    5. Ageing and ageism in COVID-19 times

    Grzegorz Godawa

    6. Age division and ageism in the public debates regarding COVID-19: intergenerational solidarity and antagonisms in the era of the coronavirus pandemic

    Jaroslava Hasmanova Marhankova

    7. Older adults’ coping strategies in a pandemic situation: a Polish case study

    Celina Timoszyk–Tomczak, Beata Bugajska and Klaudia Piotrowska

    8. Support for older adults during COVID-19: how did local authorities in the Pomeranian region respond to the challenge?

    Anita Richert-Kaźmierska

    Part 3: Social life

    9. Geragogy of everyday life: the COVID-19 perspective

    Zofia Szarota

    10. Online learning for older persons during the COVID-19 pandemic in Malta: the good, the bad, and the ugly

    Marvin Formosa

    11. Grandparents raising grandchildren during coronavirus pandemic: a challenge or a threat?

    Joanna Borowik

    12. “Keeping a project during the COVID-19 pandemic alive”: experiences with co-researchers of the participatory STARK project

    Helene von Stülpnagel, Julia Piel and Astrid Eich-Krohm

    13. The experience of loneliness in older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic: a Polish perspective

    Ewa Grudziewska

    14. Older adults’ religiosity during the COVID-19 pandemic: Catholic Church in action

    Bolesław Karc

    Part 4: Social care and support

    15. To care or not to care? What have we learned from COVID-19 about our attitudes towards older adults?

    Linda Garcia, Louise Bélanger-Hardy and Martine Lagacé

    16. Institutional care for older people in Poland during pandemic: regulations, practice and thoughts about the future

    Joanna M. Salachna and Anna Szafranek

    17. Internet-telephone consultation service for older persons

    Sławomir Tobis, Katarzyna Wieczorowska-Tobis and Agnieszka Neumann-Podczaska

    18. Everyday reality at nursing home care facilities experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Małgorzata Halicka, Jerzy Halicki and Krzysztof Czykier

    19. Feedback from French nursing staff in gerontology: health reorganisation acceptance related to COVID-19 crisis

    Pauline Gouttefarde, Chloé Gaulier, Arnaud Simeone, Sébastien Rabier, Vincent Augusto, Caroline Dupré, Solène Dorier, Jessica Guyot and Nathalie Barth

    Conclusion: ageing, COVID-19 and ‘new normality’

    Maria Łuszczyńska and Marvin Formosa


    Maria Łuszczyńska is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow, Poland. She is the editor of Researching Ageing: Methodological Challenges and their Empirical Background.

    Marvin Formosa is Associate Professor in the Department of Gerontology and Dementia Studies, Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta, Malta. Recent publications include The University of the Third Age and Active Ageing and Population Ageing in the Middle-East and North Africa (with Abdulrazak Abyad).