Protecting Elders in a Pandemic World

By Jatika H. Patterson. This article originally appeared on The Atlanta Voice.

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, two of the first regulations from the World Health Organization (WHO) were self-quarantining and social distancing.

As many of us did our best to stay six feet away from each other in grocery stores, jobs, walking the streets, that new regulation affected our abilities to care and watch over our aging population at home and in elder care facilities leaving them vulnerable to the evils of elder abuse.

Many videos surfaced on social media of creative ways families kept in contact with nursing home residents. They chatted on cell phones while seeing them through windows, yelling out of windows.... Read More

             

Tag team approach to healthcare reaches older adults in Bangladeshi community during COVID-19 pandemic

by This article originally appeared in Tostada Magazine.

 

Typically, Farzana Noor, a nurse practitioner at the Children’s Clinic of Michigan in Hamtramck is accustomed to bandaging up cuts and scrapes, treating colds, and soothing fussing children getting their first shots.

That all changed last year when the pandemic raged through the Bangladeshi community in Hamtramck. When nearby healthcare providers abruptly ceased operations amid the crisis, Noor began seeing an influx of older Bangladeshi women patients who often serve as the primary caregivers spanning generations in their households enter her office.

Noor, who is Bangladeshi American, found herself in familiar territory as many of the older patients were accompanied by their.... Read More

             

Lessons learned during the pandemic

By: Yanira Cruz, MPH, DrPH,.  This article originally appeared on the NHCOA blog.

On April 29, 2021, NHCOA partnered with AARP to present the “Lessons Learned from the Pandemic and a Look at the Future” virtual town hall. Featuring speakers from Justice in Aging, the National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA), the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging (NCBA), the Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC), and Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE), the town hall was used to highlight the inequities exacerbated by COVID-19 and how these groups addressed needs and challenges in their respective communities.

Many of the groups represented in the town hall have tragically had to witness disproportionate.... Read More