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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
3. Death and dying vs. COVID-19: a hermeneutic approach toward understanding the social process
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
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?
Part 3: Social life
9. Geragogy of everyday life: the COVID-19 perspective
10. Online learning for older persons during the COVID-19 pandemic in Malta: the good, the bad, and the ugly
11. Grandparents raising grandchildren during coronavirus pandemic: a challenge or a threat?
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
14. Older adults’ religiosity during the COVID-19 pandemic: Catholic Church in action
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