Older adults have suffered extra sickness and demise from covid-19 than every other group. How are they faring because the pandemic enters its third 12 months?
KFF’s Kaiser Well being Information (KHN) and The John A. Hartford Basis explored that query in depth in a 90-minute interactive net occasion on Feb. 23, 2022.
Judith Graham, KHN’s Navigating Ageing columnist, moderated the dialogue amongst a panel of 9 older adults from various backgrounds, bringing to mild their experiences in their very own phrases. Too usually, voices like theirs will not be featured prominently in tales concerning the pandemic.
Rani Snyder, Vice President, Program at The John A. Hartford Basis, made introductory remarks.
Questions included: How have individuals dealt with the persistent stress? How have their lives modified? What are their most vital challenges? What wants will not be being met? What sources of energy and luxury assist maintain them? What are their hopes for the 12 months forward?
The panel included African American, Latino, White, and LGBTQ+ older adults. Amongst them was a nursing house resident in Maryland, a pair residing in a retirement neighborhood in Pennsylvania, a person with Alzheimer’s illness in Nevada, a divorced couple who reside collectively and assist one another in North Carolina, a single lady residing alone in Minnesota, an activist who cares for his bedbound spouse in Dallas, and a girl who lives in inexpensive housing in New York Metropolis.
KHN (Kaiser Well being Information) is a nationwide newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about well being points. Along with Coverage Evaluation and Polling, KHN is among the three main working packages at KFF (Kaiser Household Basis). KFF is an endowed nonprofit group offering info on well being points to the nation. KHN receives grant funding from The John A. Hartford Basis, amongst different sources, and retains full editorial management over its journalism.
The John A. Hartford Basis
The John A. Hartford Basis, primarily based in New York Metropolis, is a non-public, nonpartisan, nationwide philanthropy devoted to bettering the care of older adults. The chief within the area of getting old and well being, the Basis has three areas of emphasis: creating age-friendly well being methods, supporting household caregivers, and bettering critical sickness and end-of-life care.