Generations in Japan are fragmented. Society lacks structures to create solidarities between them (which is a very Western, and thus foreign idea anyway). Is it naïve to think the brutal fact of a higher COVID-19 mortality rate for the aged might inspire sympathy rather than division? The criticism aimed at seniors queueing at drugstores has been just one of the everyday side-effects of COVID-19, one that naturalizes moral judgements against older bodies in public spaces.
Though popular ideas depict bingo as a silly game, which creates idle, disengaged older adults, I found the contrary; bingo had the power to enliven residents and to form among them feelings of connection and community.
When it comes to technology in health and care, it appears the pandemic has quickly accelerated the pace and spread of new innovations and re-purposed older ones.
This was the new reality that was slowly setting in amongst a small group of British retiree migrants in the Costa Brava. Between the banter and jokes, they were starting to come to terms with the fact that they were clearly an ‘at risk’ group when it came to the growing worldwide pandemic of Coronavirus.
In the current context of COVID-19, all of us, without exception, are experiencing firsthand the difficulties of social distancing. Thinking about how this new order will govern our subjectivity and our affect causes worry and desperation.
While growing up in a small town in the eastern state of Bengal (India), our summer vacations would be spent in Kolkata at the maternal grandparents’ home. My grandfather would tell us haunting stories of poverty, hunger and death in the most quotidian manner. In doing so, he sought to make the spontaneity and unpredictability of life “knowable”.
An understanding of COVID-19’s social impact is especially important, both for increasing the effectiveness of interventions and for mitigating the consequences for particular groups.
Questions remain regarding the topic of fear caused by a crisis of trust in both the state and medicine. Therefore, fear can be differentiated; while fear of visiting large villages and a city exists on its own, there also exists those fears of isolating oneself in the space of a village.
By Cristina Douglas, University of Aberdeen (Scotland) Sometimes when we go to the park, Bruce – my canine research assistant – and I meet with another more-than-human pair, who join us for a game of fetch. The other pair, both human and dog, are quite old and slow, and pace to each other’s rhythm […]
Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things: Eldercare in Wuhan under COVID-19 By Zhe Yan, University of Würzburg When the pernicious effects of COVID-19 manifested clearly first in Wuhan, the entire city and the whole of Hubei Province came to a standstill. The lockdown of Wuhan brought unprecedented suffering and life-threatening challenges for millions of people resident […]