• Heritage Foundation and GAN Webinar Series

    The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold fear and suffering for older people across the world. Less visible but no less worrisome are the broader effects – health care denied for conditions unrelated to COVID-19; neglect and abuse; an increase in poverty and unemployment; the dramatic impact on well-being and mental health; and the trauma of […]

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  • GAN Statement in Response to Protests

    Dear Global Ageing Network colleagues and friends Our challenging times have become even more challenging. In countries around the world, we are faced with a pandemic that has taken far too many lives. The response from governments in many countries has been wholly inadequate in supporting older adults and providers. Given events in the U.S. […]

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  • Global Economic Policy Reactions to COVID-19

    Countries across the globe are changing economic policy to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Today’s emergency response will specifically impact the world’s aged, and how people will age in the future. For example, the International Monetary Fund reports that in Jordan, as of March 23, the country is allocating 50 percent of its maternity insurance […]

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  • Ageism During a Pandemic

    The Coronavirus shines a bright light on what those of us committed to the well-being of our world’s elders have known for a  long time: We have long undervalued, underfunded, and largely ignored the plight of older adults. As the virus rages through communities and countries, older adults are disproportionately impacted. We knew, at the […]

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  • What’s Next? Global Overview of Phase 2

    Common feelings around aging services providers include fatigue for working 24/7 work; sadness, feeling losses in their communities, and in the face of all that: gratitude for those who continue their work. Care providers are still trying to obtain masks, personal protective equipment (PPE), and testing while doing their jobs– on top of the fear […]

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  • Worldwide Testing Shortage Impacts Long-term Care Facilities and Nursing Homes

    The coronavirus is in more than 180 countries (that’s 92% of the world.) We don’t know the number of people affected because of the lack of worldwide testing. Nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and other aging services providers are unnecessarily bearing the brunt of negative attention for what is an international problem in testing. Global […]

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  • Over one month of Coronavirus Response in Ireland’s Nursing Homes

    Ireland’s chief medical officer said, as of April 16, that coronavirus cases in the population have decreased. However, nursing home cases are still a rising concern. Nursing homes are getting the reputation of a “Cinderella Sector”, based in the European fairytale about an ignored stepsister that deserves more positive attention from her family.  Nursing homes […]

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  • UN Secretary General Statement

    The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold fear and suffering for older people across the world. The fatality rate for older people is higher overall, and for those over 80, it is five times the global average. Beyond its immediate health impact, the pandemic is putting older people at greater risk of poverty, discrimination and isolation. It is […]

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  • Taiwan: Measures against COVID-19

       Image Source: https://static.bangkokpost.com/media/content/20200410/c1_3596385.jpg Countries around the world struggle to combat the COVID-19 outbreak with millions of citizens sheltered in place. We can look to Taiwan, a country in close proximity to China and its effective efforts to manage the spread of the disease. Taiwan currently has 382 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 6 deaths. […]

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  • Securing Care Homes For Workers Secures Homes for Older Adults

    “Biosecurity” strategies can prevent spread of COVID-19 in enclosed group gatherings. Care homes, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and more fall under the umbrella of enclosed group homes. Care workers are the enforcers of biosecurity. Global Ageing Network Board Member Vic Rayner, executive director of the National Care Forum in the UK, was recently quoted […]

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