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Global Responses to Covid-19

The reach of the coronavirus (COVID-19) stretches around the world and has spared no country.  During the crisis, the team at AARP International has seen many countries and communities respond with creative or noteworthy approaches to improve the health and economic wellbeing of their people.


We believe there is value to sharing creative ideas and practices in one place so our global community can consider, learn and potentially implement some of them. 


Although we cannot recommend any of these approaches as validated “best practices,” we invite you to send us innovative approaches from other countries and communities that might be worthy of sharing. Please share official resources, as well as auspicious anecdotal approaches taking place around the world that may be promising (with links to sources, please). We are particularly interested in ideas and practices to support and empower older adults and their families.

Please notify us of additional resource pages here. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Innovative Responses from Around the World  Learn more

Guidance and Advice

Guidance and Advice

for Older People and Their Families  Learn more

Useful Links

Useful Links

A collection of official Covid-19 resource pages  Learn more

Virtual Meetings & Webinars

Future of Aging in a New World Order: Perspectives on the Longevity Economy Outlook<br>June 30, 2020 | 1:00 PM ET

Future of Aging in a New World Order: Perspectives on the Longevity Economy Outlook
June 30, 2020 | 1:00 PM ET

American Society on Aging Web Seminar 

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AARP TeleTown Hall <br>July 2, 2020 | 1:00 PM EST

AARP TeleTown Hall
July 2, 2020 | 1:00 PM EST

Join AARP every Thursday for a Coronavirus Information Tele-Town Hall  

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COVID-19 and Older People: Transition from Crisis to Routine<br>July 3, 2020  | 7:00 AM (GMT-4)

COVID-19 and Older People: Transition from Crisis to Routine
July 3, 2020 | 7:00 AM (GMT-4)

IFA Virtual Town Hall 

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latest news and blogs

Bossa Older: Trends and lessons from Brazil and its elderly for better social isolation policies

Given the worldwide dimension of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and its diverse social and economic impacts, the challenge is to think globally in order to act locally. Brazil is a country of continental dimensions and its inequality levels make the country a sort of small world. The lessons taken here will be useful for both rich and poor countries. Read full article from the OECD. June 23, 2020

Coronavirus and the social impacts on older people in Great Britain

Among older people (aged 60 years and over) who were worried about the effect the coronavirus (COVID-19) was having on their lives, their main concerns were being unable to make plans in general (64.5%), personal travel plans such as holidays (53.4%) and their own well-being (51.4%). Read full article by the UK Office of National Statistics (ONS). June 22, 2020.

An Alarming Trend: The toll of COVID-19 on older adults

The pandemic’s impact on the world has been staggering, but it’s older adults that are facing greater rates of fatality. Read full OECD blog by Debra Whitman, Executive Vice President and Chief Public Policy Officer, AARP.  June 22, 2020

Why are Africa's coronavirus successes being overlooked?

Examples of innovation that aren’t getting the fanfare they would do if they emerged from Europe or the US are explored in this article by The Guardian. May 15, 2020. 

At Northwestern, members of a tightknit group of veteran ICU nurses, age 58 and up, are signing on for COVID-19 duty. Meet the ‘Old Dolls.’

The “Old Dolls,” a group of ICU nurses in their 50s and older, were a local legend at Northwestern even before COVID-19 struck. And in the days that followed, the 10 who remain in the ICU after 30 years or more have continued to care for some of the city’s sickest patients despite being in an age bracket that puts them at added risk from the virus. Read full article from the Chicago Tribune, May 12, 2020. 

People of all ages need to build together a post-pandemic world designed for everyone and for the planet

"We must draw the lessons from the COVID-19 crisis lockdown and design together new ways to produce and consume the goods and services that people around the globe need for a healthy and decent life, now and in the future." Read full statement from AGE Platform Europe, April 28, 2020

COVID-19 is no excuse for ageism

COVID-19 is exposing ageism: discrimination on the basis of a person’s age. As we grow older our lives DO NOT become disposable. COVID-19 is no excuse for ageism. Nothing is. Share this video by HelpAge International 


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