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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

Older Persons & COVID-19: Strengthening rights and health through collective action<br>July 28, 2020 | 10:30 AM EDT

Older Persons & COVID-19: Strengthening rights and health through collective action
July 28, 2020 | 10:30 AM EDT

Free Webinar Hosted by UNFPA 

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AARP TeleTown Hall <br>August 6, 2020 | 1:00 PM EDT

AARP TeleTown Hall
August 6, 2020 | 1:00 PM EDT

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

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 COVID-19 and Older People: Older Women in Crisis Settings <br>August 7, 2020  | 7:00 AM EDT (GMT-4)

COVID-19 and Older People: Older Women in Crisis Settings
August 7, 2020 | 7:00 AM EDT (GMT-4)

IFA Virtual Town Hall 

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latest news and blogs

Preventing and managing COVID-19 across long-term care services

This policy brief provides 11 policy objectives and key action points to prevent and manage COVID-19 across long-term care. Read full policy brief by WHO. July 24, 2020. 

Lessons from 6 countries on how to end coronavirus lockdowns

After weeks of lockdown, many countries are considering how to start easing the restrictions they put in place to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Each country is likely to take its own approach to that opening, but a review of how different countries have handled the outbreak offers ways to assess how prepared those countries are to end their lockdowns. Read full article from Business Insider. May 12, 2020

Uruguay Emerges as a Rare Pandemic Winner in Latin America

"...despite sharing a border with Brazil, the country second-worst-hit by COVID-19, this small nation is managing to successfully combat a virus that has brought global giants to their knees." Read full article by Foreign Policy. July 21, 2020.

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

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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