While the news has been full of heartbreaking stories about the effect of COVID-19 on elder residents of assisted living facilities and nursing homes, we also see evidence of an entire army of 50+ adults who are demonstrating stamina and strength as they offer comfort to their children and grandchildren and support for their neighbors and others in need. There is a true sense of resilience in our older adult population that can and should be put to use to help our city recover from this pandemic. We can help bring about needed change when it comes to ensuring health equity across generations, fighting ageism in the workplace, and creating innovative housing and transportation options. Our demographic is not a group to be pitied or put on a shelf. I have no doubt that the age of resilience will be powered by the resilience of age!
May 8, 2020