Author: narelle.warren@monash.edu

As visiting restrictions continue, elders in Danish plejehjem are experiencing a ‘stolen spring’

By Amy Clotworthy, Center for Healthy Aging (CEHA), University of Copenhagen (Denmark) First published in 1940, Hans Scherfig’s The Stolen Spring (Det Forsømte Forår) is both a satirical crime novel and a wry social commentary. Through his description of a school’s sociocultural dynamics and how administrators handle the murder of a teacher, Scherfig pointedly criticises particular […]

It takes two to tango

By Miriam Verhage, Lucia Thielman, Lieke de Kock, Jolanda Lindenberg This blog post is based on a phone-based qualitative interview project in the Netherlands. During April 2020, we interviewed 59 seniors about their experiences during the COVID-19 crisis and their views on the portrayal of senior adults in the national media. The participants were between […]

Aging and Social Justice:  A slow-motion virtual conference

By Celeste Pang, University of Toronto As we have all seen, COVID-19 has been a tip of an iceberg, exposing deep layers of social stratification and inequities. From the mass deaths in long-term care and nursing homes and exposure of the working conditions of care workers, to Black Lives Matter demonstrations and the violent responses […]

In and outside the nursing home: On the (im)possibilities of meaningful contact while being held apart

By Natashe Lemos Dekker, Laura Vermeulen, and Jeannette Pols   Weer n dag zonder jou te voelen. De alzheimer-kelk moet helemaal leeg Maanden los van elkaar; corona ons kruis, heeft elkaar doen verlaten Nog nooit zo-lang gescheiden; nog nooit zo dicht bij de dood Nooit-zo voelde ik de kracht van aanraken, nu het er niet […]

On Vulnerability, Resilience, and Age: Older Americans Reflect on the Pandemic

By Sarah Lamb, with Ji Chen, Claire Ogden, Tirtza Schramm, and Lin Xinbei Every morning, Americans wake up to fresh news of the heavy toll the coronavirus pandemic is exerting upon vulnerable older people—from the likelihood of developing a more severe form of Covid-19, to the risks of isolation and mental health problems as they […]

How is the pandemic affecting people with dementia? A case study

By Dena Shenk, PhD and Andrea Freidus, PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina Charlotte Our team is completing a rapid appraisal study of the perceptions of frontline long-term care (LTC) workers in a southern state about care during the COVID-19 pandemic.  One specific area of heightened concern is caring for people with dementia in […]

Those Who Come Early

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.

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