The Age of COVID-19 series

co-edited by Celeste Pang, Cristina Douglas, Janelle Taylor and Narelle Warren

Please send your contribution to Narelle.Warren@monash.edu. Full call for contributions here.

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Those Who Come Early: Reflections on the Social Standing of Senior Citizens in the Time of COVID-19 Pandemic in Japan

Erika Takahashi and Jason Danely explore how COVID-19 has not only reshaped access to protective equipment, especially face masks, in Japan but also reveals social structural weak points.

The Power of Bingo During COVID-19

In this contribution to our ‘The Age of COVID-19’ series, Carrie Ryan explores how Bingo play during the COVID-19 pandemic creates social ties between older people and communities, contributing to a post-pandemic future.

Caring in the Time of Corona: Technological Possibilities and Limitations

Matthew Lariviere considers the changing role and function of technologies in care during the COVID-19 pandemic

Virginia’s story: How the COVID-19 crisis can help us think about older adults who live in perennial abandonment

In the latest post of our ‘The Age of COVID-19’ series, Magdalena Zegarra Chiappori takes us to a shelter for abandoned older adults in Lima, Peru to consider what we can learn about resilience, vitality and existing.

Of Grandparents, Memories And The Pandemic

In this fifth post of The Age of COVID-19 series, Tannistha Samanta describes how grandparents provide a valuable intergenerational resource for living through and following the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: Bringing the social back in

In this fourth post of The Age of COVID-19 series, Tine Buffel and colleagues argue for a consideration of COVID-19 as a social phenomenon with particular challenges for older people and those living in low income

COVID-19 In The Life Of Elderly People In Rural Russia: A Crisis Of Confidence, Backed Up By Fear

This is the third post in our series, ‘The Age of COVID-19’. In it, Konstantin Galkin examines how the social and physical isolation necessitated by the pandemic give rise to an increased loss of confidence in the north-west Russian Republic of Karelia.

Of Dogs And Their Humans: Late Life In A More-Than-Human World Of The COVID-19 Pandemic

In this second post of The Age of COVID-19 series, Cristina Douglas explores how people’s social distancing and isolation has ended up extending to our non-human companions as well, and the implications of this for later life.

Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things: Eldercare In Wuhan Under COVID-19

In this first post in The Age of COVID-19 series, Zhe Yan explores how COVID-19 tests our collective efforts to care for the most vulnerable among us in his research on Eldercare in downtown Wuhan.