Not just COVID: Nursing home neglect deaths surge in shadows (Associated Press)

Associated Press: Not just COVID: Nursing home neglect deaths surge in shadows. “When COVID-19 tore through Donald Wallace’s nursing home, he was one of the lucky few to avoid infection. He died a horrible death anyway. Hale and happy before the pandemic, the 75-year-old retired Alabama truck driver became so malnourished and dehydrated that he dropped to 98 pounds and looked to his son like he’d been in a concentration camp. Septic shock suggested an untreated urinary infection, E. coli in his body from his own feces hinted at poor hygiene, and aspiration pneumonia indicated Wallace, who needed help with meals, had likely choked on his food.”

‘A Slow Killer’: Nursing Home Residents Wither in Isolation Forced by the Virus (New York Times)

New York Times: ‘A Slow Killer’: Nursing Home Residents Wither in Isolation Forced by the Virus. “After months of near-isolation inside his senior care facility, Charlie no longer recognizes his wife of almost 50 years. In another nursing home, Susan’s toenails grew so long that she could not squeeze into her shoes. Ida lost 37 pounds and stopped speaking. Minnie cried and asked God to just take her. They are among thousands of older people stricken by another epidemic ravaging America’s nursing homes — an outbreak of loneliness, depression and atrophy fueled by the very lockdowns that were imposed to protect them from the coronavirus.”

‘He shot himself in the foot’: Seniors repelled by Trump’s pandemic response (ABC News)

ABC News: ‘He shot himself in the foot’: Seniors repelled by Trump’s pandemic response. “Marcelo Montesinos voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 because he said he saw ‘a man who would bring a lot of change.’ Four years later, after losing a family member to the coronavirus, Montesinos, 72, is one of many seniors who now say they can no longer support the president because of his handling of the pandemic.”

BuzzFeed News: Seniors Who Aren’t Afraid Of The Coronavirus Love What Trump Is Saying About COVID

BuzzFeed News: Seniors Who Aren’t Afraid Of The Coronavirus Love What Trump Is Saying About COVID. “…The Villages, known for its manicured lawns and golf carts and courses, is a Republican haven. If there are older adults anywhere in America who aren’t particularly concerned about a pandemic that is particularly dangerous for older people, it is here. Here, the fear is about supposedly rising socialism and radically changing American culture, not the coronavirus. Frankly, they’re just not that interested.”

EurekAlert: Study finds older persons underrepresented in COVID-19 treatment and vaccine trials

EurekAlert: Study finds older persons underrepresented in COVID-19 treatment and vaccine trials. “A study published [September 28] in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine revealed that older persons are highly likely to be excluded from the majority of COVID-19 trials that seek to establish effective treatments, as well as find a preventive vaccine. This is despite the fact that older persons are overwhelmingly impacted by COVID-19. Globally persons 65 and older make up nine percent of the population, yet account for 30 – 40 percent of COVID-19 cases and 80 percent of COVID-19 deaths.”

Elderly and Homeless: America’s Next Housing Crisis (New York Times)

New York Times: Elderly and Homeless: America’s Next Housing Crisis. “Miles Oliver’s troubles began in April, when he had to choose between making his monthly car payment and paying his rent. He chose the car, based on a logical calculation: Without a car, he couldn’t drive to work, meaning no money for rent regardless. Oliver came to Arizona from Chicago more than 30 years ago as an Army recruit at Fort Huachuca, the storied military post wedged into shrublands in the southeastern part of the state, just a 15-mile hike from the Mexico border. He grew to love Arizona — the dry air, the seemingly endless sunshine, the sense of possibility for someone looking for a new start. He moved to Phoenix and built a life for himself there. Now it was all falling apart.”

Museums Association: Creating dementia-friendly online museum programmes

Museums Association: Creating dementia-friendly online museum programmes. “The Northern Ireland Museums Council (NIMC) has been working to become dementia friendly since late 2016 and supports the sector to undertake dementia-friendly activities. As a dementia friendly communities champion, I deliver awareness sessions to local museum staff and volunteers.”

State of New York: NYSOFA Launches Tool to Help Older NYers Guard Against C19

State of New York: NYSOFA Launches Tool to Help Older NYers Guard Against C19. “The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), in partnership with BellAge, Inc., and the Association on Aging in New York (AgingNY) has announced the launch of CV19 CheckUp in New York State, a free, anonymous, personalized online tool that evaluates an individual’s risks associated with COVID-19 based on their life situation and individual behavior and provides recommendations and resources to reduce those risks.”

Gothamist: New Yorkers Desperate To See Loved Ones In Nursing Homes Say Visitation Rules Do More Harm Than Good

Gothamist: New Yorkers Desperate To See Loved Ones In Nursing Homes Say Visitation Rules Do More Harm Than Good. “Sandra Monahan has not seen her 93-year-old mother in person since the beginning of March. While other New Yorkers have been reuniting with family in the months after the end of the statewide COVID-19 lockdown, Monahan has not been so lucky. Her mother, who she visited every day before the pandemic, is isolated in a nursing home in a Rochester suburb. Once upbeat and highly alert, she is now losing weight and experiencing depression.”

KHN: Hospitals, Nursing Homes Fail to Separate COVID Patients, Putting Others at Risk

KHN: Hospitals, Nursing Homes Fail to Separate COVID Patients, Putting Others at Risk. “As recently as July, a National Nurses United survey of more than 21,000 nurses found that 32% work in a facility that does not have a dedicated COVID unit. At that time, the coronavirus had reached all but 17 U.S. counties, data collected by Johns Hopkins University shows.”

Washington Post: Pandemic isolation has killed thousands of Alzheimer’s patients while families watch from afar

Washington Post: Pandemic isolation has killed thousands of Alzheimer’s patients while families watch from afar. “Beyond the staggering U.S. deaths caused directly by the novel coronavirus, more than 134,200 people have died from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia since March. That is 13,200 more U.S. deaths caused by dementia than expected, compared with previous years, according to an analysis of federal data by The Washington Post.”

Trump Stayed Silent About What He Knew About COVID-19. Now My Dad Is Dead. (HuffPost)

HuffPost: Trump Stayed Silent About What He Knew About COVID-19. Now My Dad Is Dead.. “I took Dad to the hospital on a Thursday afternoon and he died early on a Friday morning. Full of morphine and out of oxygen, Dad took his last breaths apart from his family, without the solace of my mother’s touch and without the presence of his loving sons and grandchildren. After his death, the pandemic prevented my family from holding a funeral and sharing our grief with other loved ones, friends and our community. Too many Americans know Dad’s COVID-19 story all too well: the families of more than 190,000 people who have died of the disease in the U.S. Some things, however, Americans did not know about the COVID story until Wednesday.”

The Star: ‘Hello Granny!’ Elderly video stars shake up social media in China

The Star: ‘Hello Granny!’ Elderly video stars shake up social media in China. “In the first half of last year, Tan Zhouhai was a frustrated villager in the central Chinese province of Hunan, shooting short videos of his rural life and uploading them to the Internet to attract potential customers for local agricultural products. Tan was used to his videos receiving dozens, sometimes a few hundred, likes from his audience on Chinese social media. That changed when he uploaded a video of his 83-year-old grandfather dancing along to a popular song called Little Apple gained 10,000 likes.”

Los Angeles Times: Food box deliveries to needy California seniors cut off because of USDA cheese rule

Los Angeles Times: Food box deliveries to needy California seniors cut off because of USDA cheese rule. “Tens of thousands of low-income California seniors stopped receiving home deliveries of free food just as COVID-19 cases and deaths in the state were peaking, thanks to a century-old federal policy to include surplus cheese in government aid packages.”