Global Ageing Network members and partners,
As countries around the world address the challenges associated with the Coronavirus, I would be remiss if I didn’t pause to express my deep gratitude and appreciation for the work you are doing. I’ve heard from some of you and am struck by your calm, caring, and thoughtful approach to the current public health crisis. Wherever you support older adults, I know that you are doing all that you can in spite of the incredibly challenging conditions in which you are operating.
As things continue to evolve, the Global Ageing Network is here to support you. We are heeding the expert advice of the World Health Organization, as you are the guidance coming from your national and regional governments. This is a time to remind our policy makers that older people matter, they should be prioritized for testing and that providers should have access to the supplies they need at this time.
Just as critical as keeping our elders protected from infection is keeping the heroic caregivers who support them day in and day out protected as well. Without them, the crisis would become even more acute.
Most importantly, know that Global Ageing Network is here for you. We are only an email or phone call away. Let’s continue to work together toward our shared goal of ensuring older adults have access to high-quality care and live meaningful lives.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
With deep admiration,
Katie Smith Sloan