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We work to promote policy dialogue on various facets of demographic change across the UNECE region, with a particular focus on ageing.

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Download our list of Resources on COVID-19 and older persons


COVID-19 and older persons

The COVID-19 pandemic has moved older persons to the centre of attention. Based on the evidence so far, people over the age of 65 are at higher risk than younger age groups of developing severe symptoms and dying from COVID-19. The measures implemented across the UNECE region to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus through social distancing while increasing capacities of health care systems to treat the growing numbers of patients are essential for the protection of older persons. Intergenerational solidarity has become more important than ever to ensure that social distancing measures do not lead to increased social isolation, loneliness and neglect and that access to essential services and support is maintained and enhanced.

During this time of crisis, collaboration between countries, and between governments, private sector and civil society actors, as well as individuals is key to addressing the extraordinary challenges we now face. Solidarity and creativity in finding new way of supporting each other give rise to innovative solutions, new forms of intergenerational and intragenerational support.

We have compiled a list of resources on COVID-19 and older persons developed by international organizations, research networks and civil society partners in the UNECE region that we will keep updating.