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Older adults are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, find more information here

In our efforts to provide key information on aging and the Covid-19 response, we are centralizing some resources, webinars, and links to external portals here, and plan to keep them updated as the COVID context evolves.

We invite the public to contribute with material and resources on COVID-19 and aging by sending them to mloliveri@iadb.org.

General Information

International Organizations

World Health Organization (WHO)

Preventing and managing the COVID-19 pandemic across long-term care services in the WHO European Region, 21 May 2020

Infection prevention and control guidance for long-term care facilities in the context of COVID-19: interim guidance, 8 January 2021

Infection prevention and control guidance for long-term care facilities in the context of COVID-19: interim guidance, 21 March 2020

Portuguese version published by PAHO: Orientação para prevenção e controle de infecções em instituições de longa permanência para idosos no contexto da COVID-19 [Orientation for the Prevention and Control of Infections in Long-term Care Institutions for the Elderly in the Context of COVID-19]

Preventing and managing COVID-19 across long-term care services: Policy brief, 24 July 2020

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Atención integrada para las personas mayores (ICOPE): Guía sobre la evaluación y los esquemas de atención centrados en la persona en la atención primaria de salud. Manual  (Comprehensive Care for Older Persons (ICOPE): Guide for the Evaluation and Schemes for Patient-based Care in Primary Health Care. Manual; only available in Spanish)

Social media cards: Older population and COVID-19. This series of social media cards shares information on how to support older populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

United Nations

Issue Brief: Older persons and COVID-19. A Defining Moment for Informed, Inclusive

and Targeted Response. April 2020.

Policy Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on older persons. May 2020.

Policy Brief:  A Disability-Inclusive Response to COVID-19. May 2020.

Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Desafíos para la protección de las personas mayores y sus derechos frente a la pandemia de COVID-19 [Challenges for the protection of the elderly and their rights in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic (only available in Spanish)]

S. Huenchuan, COVID-19 y sus impactos en los derechos y la protección social de las personas mayores en la subregión [COVID-19 and its impacts on the rights and social protection of the elderly in the subregion (only available in Spanish)] (LC/MEX/TS.2020/31), Ciudad de México, Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL), 2020

S. Huenchuan, El derecho a la vida y la salud de las personas mayores en el marco de la pandemia por COVID-19 [The right to life and health of the elderly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic (only available in Spanish)]  (LC/MEX/TS.2020/9), Ciudad de México, Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL), 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the care crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean

COVID-19: Recomendaciones generales para la atención a personas mayores desde una perspectiva de derechos humanos [COVID-19: General Recommendations for Care of the Elderly from a Human Rights Perspective (only available in Spanish)]

Cuidados en América Latina y el Caribe en tiempos de COVID-19: hacia sistemas integrales para fortalecer la respuesta y la recuperación. August 2020 [Care in Latin America and the Caribbean in times of COVID-19: towards comprehensive systems to strengthen response and recovery (only available in Spanish)]

European Union

EUROsociAL+, regional cooperation program of the European Union with Latin America. Special site dedicated to COVID-19.

 

Other Institutions

International Long-Term Care Policy Network, LTC Responses to COVID-19

Help age, COVID1-19 Guides and materials. 

Global Platform for the Rapid Generation and Transfer of Knowledge on COVID-19 and older adults in low and middle-income countries  

Alzheimer’s Disease International, Position paper on COVID-19 and Dementia

European Social Network, Social services responses to COVID-19 crisis

Aging 2.0, Resources and solutions to help older adults stay Home, Healthy and Hopeful

International Foundation for Integrated Care

AARP International

International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics

The Global Ageing Network

Kiyota E (2021) Elder care providers & COVID-19: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Information on Latin America and the Caribbean countries

Argentina

PAMI, Información sobre COVID-19 y protocolos [Information on COVID-19 and Protocols; only available in Spanish]

PAMI, COVID-19 Información y recomendaciones para residencias y centros de día de personas mayores [COVID-19 Information and Recommendations for Long-term and Daily Care Facilities for the Elderly; only available in Spanish]

Ministry of Social Development (Ministerio de Desarrollo Social, DINAPAM), Coronavirus Protocolo de actuación para Residencias de Larga Estadía [Coronavirus Protocol and Updates for Long-term Care Facilities; only available in Spanish]

Ministry of Social Development (Ministerio de Desarrollo Social, DINAPAM), Registro Nacional de Cuidadores Domiciliarios. COVID-19 – Información para cuidadoras, cuidadores y familiares [National Registry of Home Caregivers. COVID-19 - Information for Caregivers, Caregivers and Family Members; only available in Spanish]

Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud), Recomendaciones para residencias de Adultos Mayores [Recommendations for Facilities for the Elderly; only available in Spanish]

Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud), Open source management tool for patients in homes and residences for older adults. More information and download links here.

Government of the City of Buenos Aires

Ministry of Health, Mendoza Province (Ministerio de Salud, Provincia de Mendoza), Recomendaciones para la prevención y el abordaje de COVID-19 en residencias de adultos mayores [Recommendations for the prevention and management of COVID-19 in nursing homes for the elderly]

Sociedad Argentina de Gerontología y Geriatría: published an extraordinary number of the Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics (SAGG) in its digital format. It is a monographic edition on COVID-19 and covers the subject in all aspects related to the Elderly. [only available in Spanish]

Coronavirus and old age in Argentina 2020. Geronte. Journal of Studies on Aging Processes; n. 7  [only available in Spanish]

Contributions from the Elderly People Working Group of the National University of La Plata in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. National University of La Plata  [only available in Spanish]

 

Jamaica

Amour, R., Robinson, J. N., & Govia, I. (2020). The COVID-19 Long-Term Care Situation in Jamaica. LTCcovid, International Long-Term Care Policy Network, CPEC-LSE, 25 May 2020.

Mexico

Instituto Mexicano de Seguridad Social Online Courses:

(there is no specific link to the course, this is a link to the catalog of IMSS courses)

Instituto de Geriatría de México

Institute official website: http://www.geriatria.salud.gob.mx/

Chile

SENAMA,

Browne J, Fasce G, Pineda I, Villalobos P (2020). Policy responses to COVID-19 in Long-Term Care facilities in Chile. LTCcovid.org, International Long-Term Care Policy Network, CPEC-LSE, 24 July 2020. (disponible solo en inglés)

Colombia

Ministry of Health and Social Protection (Ministerio de Salud y Protección Social), Orientaciones para la prevención, contención y mitigación del coronavirus COVID-19 en personas adultas mayores, centros de día y centros de protección de larga estancia para adultos mayores [Orientations for the Prevention, Containement, and Mitigation of the COVID-19 Coronavirus in Older Adults, Daily Care Centers, and Long-term Care Facilities for the Older Adults; only available in Spanish]

Panama

Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud), Guía para el manejo de pacientes sospechosos o confirmados por COVID-19 en casas hogares para personas adultas mayores [Guide for the Management of Patients with Suspected Cases of COVID-19 in Households of Older Adults; only available in Spanish]

Peru

Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations (Ministerio de la Mujer y Poblaciones Vulnerables), Pautas y recomendaciones para la atención de personas adultas mayores en los centros de atención temporales que implementen los gobiernos regionales locales  [Guidelines and Recommendations for the Care of Older Adults in Temporary Care Centers Implemented by Regional Local Governments; only available in Spanish]

Ministerio de Desarrollo en Inclusión Social, Protocolo de visitas domiciliarias a personas adultas mayores, usuarias de Pensión 65 para la prevención del coronavirus. [Protocols for Home Visits to Older Persons, Pensioners over 65 for the Prevention of the Coronavirus; only available in Spanish]

 

Uruguay

Ministry of Public Health (Ministerio de Salud Pública):

Information on Countries Outside the Region

Spain

Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Sanidad), Guía de prevención y control frente al COVID-19 en residencias de mayores y otros centros de servicios sociales de carácter residencial [Guide for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 in Long-term Elderly Care Facilities and Other Centers for Social Services for Households; only available in Spanish]

Universidad de Navarra, Guía de cuidados Paliativos  [Guide for Palliative Care; only available in Spanish]

 

Virtual External Events

Upcoming events

Maximizing the impact of a COVID-19 vaccine in an ageing world | December 15, 2020 2.00pm - 3.30pm GMT (9.00am - 10.30am EST) | Registration

 

 

 

Past Events

Older people and COVID in Mexico and Brazil. What role can gerontology play? | GP-Corona-Older | October 23, 2020 | Material

COVID-19 and long-term care for people living at home in low and middle-income countries | GP-Corona-Older | October 30, 2020 | Material

Care for the elderly during and after COVID19, what should health professionals know at the first level of care? Session 3 | October 22, 2020 2:30 ET | OPS | Material

Care for the elderly during and after COVID19, what should health professionals know at the first level of care? Session 2 | October 15, 2020 | OPS | Material

Care for the elderly during and after COVID19, what should health professionals know at the first level of care? Session 1 | October 6, 2020 | OPS | Material

The voices of persons with dementia and their carers during the COVID-19 pandemic | International Psychogeriatric Association | September 10, 2020| Material

Virtual Dialogue: Human Rights & Older Persons | September 30, 2020 | Foreign Policy, in collaboration with AARP | Material

Older people and COVID in low and middle-income countries. What role can gerontology play? | September 11, 2020 | GP-Corona-Older | Recording

COVID-19 and the long-term care workforce | September 7th, 2020 |International Long-term Care Policy Network |  Material

South America and COVID: Challenges and Perspectives | August 24th, 2020 | Aging2.0 | Material

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on unpaid careers | August 3rd, 2020 | International Long-term Care Policy Network | Material

Older Persons and COVID-19: Strengthening health and rights through collective action | July 28th, 2020 | UNFPA and WHO, in collaboration with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), UNDESA and HelpAge International |  Material

The COVID-19 outbreak in the nursing home sector – does ownership matter? | July 20th, 2020 |International Long-term Care Policy Network | Material

Older people and COVID-19 in low and middle-income countries. Data quality and availability | Jul 10th, 2020 | GP-Corona-Older | Material

Re-opening care homes to family and other visitors? | July 6th, 2020 |International Long-term Care Policy Network | Material

COVID-19, older people and care homes in low and middle-income countries | June 26th, 2020 | GP-Corona-Older | Recording and presentation

COVID and Ageing Society Virtual Dialogue Series | June 30th – July 28 th, 2020 (14:30-16:00 PM CEST) | World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Longevity in collaboration with AARP and the National Academy of Medicine | Registration (registration will close on June 26, 2020)

Opportunities and barriers for using care home data to inform the response to COVID-19 | International Long-term Care Policy Network | June 22nd, 2020 | Registration

Palliative Care during COVID-19 | June 19th, 2020 | PAHO | Material

Canary in the coal mine – Learnings from COVID-19 for health ecosystems in an ageing world |International Longevity Center UK | June 11th, 2020 | Material

Impact of COVID-19 on people living with dementia |June 8th, 2020 | International Long-term Care Policy Network | Material

COVID-19 and older people: a threat to person-centered care? | International Federation of Aging |June 5th, 2020 |Material

The hidden casualties of COVID-19: revealing the emergency in care homes and the lessons learnt in day care | Jun 3rd, 2020 | Alzheimer’s Disease International | Material

The COVID-19 long-term care situation in Hong Kong, Malaysia and South Korea: progress and future agenda | June 1st, 2020 | International Long-term Care Policy Network | Material

Elder abuse and COVID-19 in low and middle-income countries | May 29th, 2020 |GP-Corona-Older | Material

Driving and Accelerating ‘One System’ Respone: Why COVID-10 has Shone a Spotlight on Integrated Care | May 27th, 2020 | Integrated Care Foundation | Material

Impact of COVID-19 pandemic and measures on unpaid carers | May 25th, 2020 | International Long-term Care Policy NetworkMaterial

Emergency strategies to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on older adults in Latin America | May 22nd, 2020 | GP-Corona-Older | Language: Spanish/Portuguese | Recording and presentation

Impacts of COVID-19 on care politics | May 19th, 2020 | socialprotection.org | Recording

International responses to COVID-19 in care homes | May 18th, 2020 | International Longevity Center UK | Registration

Pensions, social protection and COVID-19 in developing countries | May 15th, 2020 | GP-Corona-Older | Recording

Lock-downs and older people in developing countries | May 8th, 2020 | GP-Corona-Older | Presentation and recording

Care homes, retirement housing and the coronavirus. Responding today. But what happens next | May 7th, 2020 | International Longevity Center UK | Grabación and presentation

People as Partners in Care | May 6th, 2020 | Integrated Care Foundation | Material

Future gazing: COVID-19 and dementia | May 6th, 2020 | Alzheimer’s Disease International | Material

Care homes and COVID-19 in low and middle income countries | May 1st, 2020 | GP-Corona-Older in collaboration with The International Long-Term Care Policy Network | presentation and recording

Older people, comorbidities and COVID-19 in low and middle-income countries | April 24th, 2020 | GP-Corona-Older | presentation and recording

Supporting Resilient Communities in Times of Public Health Crisis | April 23th, 2020 | Integrated Care Foundation | Material

Supporting people with dementia during COVID-19: experiences and advice from around the world | April 22nd, 2020 | Alzheimer’s Disease International || material

Ageism, health and COVID-19 | April 17th, 2020 | GP-Corona-Older | Presentation and Recording

Primary health care, older people and COVID-19 in LMICs settings | April 10th, 2020 | GP-Corona-Older | Presentation y Recording

Social protection responses to COVID-19: Actions that can make a difference for older people | April 9th, 2020 | Socialprotection.org | Presentation, recording and Q&A

Building Integrated Care as the cornerstone of our new reality | April 8th, 2020 | Integrated Care Foundation | Material