Older people in the context of COVID-19: A European Perspective

Pentaris, Panagiotis, Willis, Paul, Ray, Mo, Deusdad, Blanca, Lonbay, Sarah, Niemi, Mia and Donnelly, Sarah (2020) Older people in the context of COVID-19: A European Perspective. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. ISSN 0163-4372

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The Coronavirus pandemic and associated measures for the protection of the public have impacted differently on different parts of the population and across different nations. In many areas, COVID-19 has also either exacerbated already existing or created new inequalities in relation to specific parts of the population. Older individuals are one group in society that has been widely impacted, while social isolation/shielding measures have placed them in higher risk of loneliness, isolation, financial deprivation and mental health challenges, to name a few. This commentary reflects on such inequalities across four European nations (the United Kingdom (UK), Republic of Ireland, Finland, Spain) and draws attention to the critical role of Gerontological Social Work (GSW), while emphasizing the ways in which social work can intervene. First, we identify common concerns for the rights of older people that span across all four nations, and second, we identify significant roles for GSW practitioners at the individual, community and policy levels and conclude with a call for GSW in these four nations to be reimagined in a time of global crisis.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Social Sciences > Health and Social Care
Divisions: Faculty of Education and Society > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Sarah Lonbay
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2020 14:49
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2021 02:38
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/12720
ORCID for Panagiotis Pentaris: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5593-8555
ORCID for Paul Willis: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9774-0130
ORCID for Mo Ray: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2255-3496
ORCID for Blanca Deusdad: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7005-0551
ORCID for Sarah Lonbay: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5122-9505
ORCID for Mia Niemi: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6865-3169
ORCID for Sarah Donnelly: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5436-3195

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