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Life Is Worse for Older People Now

A generation of Americans still can’t escape the threat of COVID.
By Yasmin Tayag

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life for older adults in many ways, causing significant social implications for this demographic. Although vaccines offer some protection, older adults are still at greater risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19, and many suffer from long-term symptoms. Furthermore, the pandemic has resulted in severe isolation and caregiver shortages, compounding the issues that many older adults were already facing, such as poverty, loneliness, and inadequate personal care. The pandemic has also highlighted ageism in society, with many older adults feeling neglected and uncared for.

As Americans age, they face a new reality in which life has become more dangerous, in part due to COVID-19. Despite efforts to protect them, including vaccines and booster shots, older adults remain at risk of serious illness and death. They also face ongoing social and economic challenges, including isolation and caregiver shortages. Removing barriers to ageism is crucial for improving the lives of older adults and ensuring they receive the care and support they need. This may involve increasing awareness of ageism in society, providing more resources for caregivers, and advocating for policies that benefit older adults, such as affordable housing and better healthcare. Ultimately, the pandemic has highlighted the need to prioritize the well-being of older adults, both during and after times of crisis.

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