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Older Adults and COVID-19
Implications for Aging Policy and Practice

Edited By

Edward Alan Miller

ISBN 9780367632991
Published December 31, 2020 by Routledge
290 Pages

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Book Description

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of people throughout the world, either directly, due to exposure to the virus, or indirectly, due to measures taken to mitigate the virus’ effects. Older adults have been particularly hard hit, dying in disproportionately higher numbers, especially in long-term care facilities. Local, regional, and national government actions taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 have thus served, in part, to shield older adults from the virus, though not without adverse side effects, including increased social isolation, enhanced economic risk, revealed ageism, delayed medical treatment, and challenges getting basic needs met. This book explores the myriad ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has affected older adults and their families, caregivers, and communities. It proposes policies and strategies for protecting and improving the lives of older people during the pandemic. It draws lessons for aging policy and practice more generally, given underlying challenges brought to the fore by government, provider, community, and individual responses to the pandemic.

This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Aging & Social Policy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Protecting and Improving the Lives of Older Adults in the COVID-19 Era

Edward Alan Miller

Delivering Long-Term Services and Supports in the U.S.

2. The Coronavirus and the Risks to the Elderly in Long-Term Care

William Gardner, David States and Nicholas Bagley

3. "We are Alone in This Battle": A Framework for a Coordinated Response to COVID-19 in Nursing Homes

Liza L. Behrens and Mary D. Naylor

4. COVID-19 Pandemic: Exacerbating Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Long-Term Services and Supports

Tetyana P. Shippee, Odichinma Akosionu, Weiwen Ng, Mark Woodhouse, Yinfei Duan, Mai See Thao and John R. Bowblis

5. The Unique Challenges Faced by Assisted Living Communities to Meet Federal Guidelines for COVID-19

Debra Dobbs, Lindsay Peterson and Kathryn Hyer

Financing Long-Term Services and Supports in the U.S.

6. Emergency Flexibility for States to Increase and Maintain Medicaid Eligibility for LTSS under COVID-19

Lynn A. Blewett and Robert Hest

7. COVID-19 and the Future of Long-Term Care: The Urgency of Enhanced Federal Financing

Judy Feder

Long-Term Services and Supports in Other Contexts

8. COVID-19 and Long-Term Care Policy for Older People in Canada

Daniel Béland and Patrik Marier

9. COVID-19: Implications for the Support of People with Social Care Needs in England

Adelina Comas-Herrera, Jose-Luis Fernandez, Ruth Hancock, Chris Hatton, Martin Knapp, David McDaid, Juliette Malley, Gerald Wistow and Raphael Wittenberg

10. COVID-19 and Long-Term Care Policy for Older People in Hong Kong

Terry Lum, Cheng Shi, Gloria Wong and Kayla Wong

High Risk Older Adults in Communities

11. Who are the Most At-Risk Older Adults in the COVID-19 Era? It’s Not Just Those in Nursing Homes

Marc A. Cohen and Jane Tavares

12. Meeting the Transitional Care Needs of Older Adults with COVID-19

Mary D. Naylor, Karen B. Hirschman and Kathleen McCauley

13. The Unique Impact of COVID-19 on Older Adults in Rural Areas

Carrie Henning-Smith

Families and Caregivers of Older Adults

14. The Demographics and Economics of Direct Care Staff Highlight Their Vulnerabilities Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

Beth Almeida, Marc A. Cohen, Robyn I. Stone and Christian E. Weller

15. Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, Meaningful Communication between Family Caregivers and Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities is Imperative

Edem Hado and Lynn Friss Feinberg

16. Intergenerational Relationships, Family Caregiving Policy, and COVID-19 in the United States

Jeffrey E. Stokes and Sarah E. Patterson

17. Bereavement in the Time of Coronavirus: Unprecedented Challenges Demand Novel Interventions

Deborah Carr, Kathrin Boerner and Sara Moorman

Local and Community Responses

18. Fast-track Innovation: Area Agencies on Aging Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Traci L. Wilson, Marisa Scala-Foley, Suzanne R. Kunkel and Amanda L. Brewster

19. Local Government Efforts to Mitigate the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic among Older Adults

Jacqueline L. Angel and Stipica Mudrazija

20. A Framework for Aging-Friendly Services and Supports in the Age of COVID-19

Geoffrey J. Hoffman, Noah J. Webster and Julie P. W. Bynum

21. When Going Digital Becomes a Necessity: Ensuring Older Adults’ Needs for Information, Services, and Social Inclusion During COVID-19

Bo Xie, Neil Charness, Karen Fingerman, Jeffrey Kaye, Miyong T. Kim, and Anjum Khurshid

Economic Risks to Older Workers and Retirees

22. Older Workers on the COVID-19-Frontlines without Paid Sick Leave

Teresa Ghilarducci and Aida Farmand

23. Older Adults and the Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Yang Li and Jan E Mutchler

24. Unclaimed Defined Benefit Pensions Can Help COVID-19 Economic Recovery

Anna-Marie Tabor

Documenting and Combating Ageism

25. The COVID-19 Pandemic Exposes Limited Understanding of Ageism

Laurinda Reynolds

26. Not Only Virus Spread: The Diffusion of Ageism during the Outbreak of COVID-19

Federica Previtali, Laura D. Allen and Maria Varlamova

27. Six Propositions against Ageism in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Hans-Joerg Ehni and Hans-Werner Wahl


28. Recovering from the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Focus on Older Adults

Nancy Morrow-Howell, Natalie Galucia and Emma Swinford

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Edward Alan Miller is a Professor of Gerontology & Public Policy and Fellow, Gerontology Institute, at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy & Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA, and Adjunct Professor of Health Services, Policy & Practice at the School of Public Health, Brown University, Providence, USA. His research focuses on understanding the determinants and effects of public policies and practices affecting older adults in need of long-term services and supports. He is author/co-author/editor/co-editor of more than 125 journal articles, 15 book chapters, and 5 books. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Aging & Social Policy, and Fellow within the Gerontological Society of America.