The Covid-19 pandemic casts a long shadow over the lives of older adults and their family caregivers in the United States, even as many decide to resume normal activities. Even President Joe Biden declared the “epidemic over” in a recent interview, a controversial statement he later sought to clarify.
Judith Graham, KHN’s “Navigating Aging” columnist, invites a panel of experts from around the country to talk candidly about the difficult challenges seniors face.
Millions of Americans have lost loved ones or had their health deteriorate during the pandemic. Many are struggling with ongoing grief or the disabling effects of prolonged Covid. And anxiety, depression and social isolation are ongoing threats to mental health.
Graham hosted a live event on Oct. 11, hosted by KHN and The John A. Hartford Foundation.
The wide-ranging conversation covered topics such as: Confusion about the current state of the pandemic remains widespread. Over it? Are ongoing warnings confirmed? Should older adults get boosters? Should they continue to wear masks and under what circumstances? What types of social interactions are safe, and which may not be? How can older adults and their family caregivers best protect themselves in the months ahead, including the holidays?
Distinguished Service Professor of Geriatrics Medicine at the State University of New York-Upstate University Hospital. Watch the discussion to hear insights from Sharon Brangman; Kathryn Haslanger, who runs the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged, or JASA, one of New York City’s largest social service agencies; Jessica Kelly, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, which has published extensively on Covid and older adults; Dr. Eran Metzger, Chief of Geriatric Psychiatry at Hebrew Senior Life; Dr Celine Gounder, an epidemiologist, infectious disease specialist and a senior fellow and editor-at-large for public health at KFF and KHN; and Richard Gard, a longtime professor of music at Yale who retired to live with prolonged Covid.
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