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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

latest news and blogs

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

The coronavirus epidemic shows why it’s so important to get it right when we talk about ageing

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, articles that celebrate a ‘cull’ of the elderly remind us to think more carefully about our attitudes towards ageing. Read full article by Dr. Anna Dixon, Chief Executive, Centre for Ageing Better. March 31, 2020.

COVID-19: Implications for business

Read latest perspectives on the coronavirus outbreak, the twin threats to lives and livelihoods, and how organizations can prepare for the next normal - by McKinsey & Company, May 13, 2020 

Covid-19: What Next for Employers?

There are some really clear messages for employers that may help ensure employees are safe and that could help organisations take some initial steps in trying to re-establish their day-to-day working.  Read full blog by Ed Griffin, Director of HR Consultancy and Research, Institute for Employment Studies (IES), May 12, 2020. 

Virtual Meetings & Webinars

A New Normal: Building Equity into the Future of Our Communities<br>featuring Wes Moore, CEO of Robin Hood Foundation<br>May 28, 2020 | 12:00 PM EST

A New Normal: Building Equity into the Future of Our Communities
featuring Wes Moore, CEO of Robin Hood Foundation
May 28, 2020 | 12:00 PM EST

AARP in partnership with the Social Innovation Summit 2020 

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AARP TeleTown Hall <br>June 4, 2020 | 1:00 PM EST

AARP TeleTown Hall
June 4, 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: A threat to person-centered care? <br>featuring Dr. Daren Heyland<br>June 5, 2020  | 7:00 AM (GMT-4)

COVID-19 and Older People: A threat to person-centered care?
featuring Dr. Daren Heyland
June 5, 2020 | 7:00 AM (GMT-4)

IFA Virtual Town Hall 

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Self Care Resource: How to Wash Your Hands

Washing hands saves lives. Put your hands together and learn how.
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