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Balkan Insight

Lidija Pisker

9 September 2020

Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Before the coronavirus pandemic, Our Bridge in Bosnia and Art Aparat in Serbia provided services to seniors to combat social isolation. Despite having to shut down in-person classes due to the pandemic, both groups no...

Health Affairs

Rob Waters

8 September 2020

Manhattan, New York, United States

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Two community living facilities have played integral roles in combatting the spread of diseases throughout New York's history by relying on mutual aid models. In the 1980's the Manhattan Plaza residence started the AI...

Montana Free Press

Amanda Eggert

3 September 2020

Orlando, Florida, United States

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What started as a small group of young adults wanting to help their aging parents navigate telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic, is now a multi-state program that provides devices to seniors and low-income peopl...

Governing

Carl Smith

31 August 2020

California, United States

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The coronavirus pandemic drastically reduced the ridership of the Monterey-Salinas Transit District, so the system shifted services to help the mostly rural community it serves. Despite cash-flow problems, unused driv...

Seeley Swan Pathfinder

Andi Bourne

23 July 2020

Seeley Lake, Montana, United States

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To better serve senior citizens within Montana, the Montana Area Agencies on Aging places an assistant and resource specialist within rural communities so that accessing existing resources is easier and building commu...

The Boulder Monitor

John Blodgett

14 July 2020

Whitehall, Montana, United States

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In Whitehall, Montana, a senior center and a nonprofit that helps rehabilitate individuals with brain injuries joined together to enhance public transportation services for "multiple constiuencies," including rural, e...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Daniel J McGraw

10 July 2020

United States

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Intergenerational home sharing is a mutually beneficial option for seniors and young people. There are about 60 programs, run by cities, nonprofits, and platforms in the style of Airbnb, that connect seniors and young...

Valley Journal

David Erickson

1 July 2020

Japan

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A government-mandated care insurance program in Japan has gained both recognition and international praise for removing the burden of senior care from family members through the "socialization of elder care." The goal...

CNN

Amy Chillag

23 June 2020

New York, New York, United States

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DOROT is a non-profit organization that matches seniors with younger adult volunteers for social visits to combat isolation and loneliness and to promote intergenerational friendships. Many of the seniors are widowers...

Wired

Kate Knibbs

22 June 2020

Japan

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Robot pet therapy, which uses a social robot designed to look like a small animal, weigh the same as an infant, and communicate in a socially comforting way, is helping isolated seniors find a sense of companionship d...

The Washington Post

Tara Bahrampour

19 June 2020

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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When the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in widespread lockdowns, a Washington, D.C. Episcopal day school partnered with a retirement home to help students and seniors provide companionship to one another and decrease lone...

Atlatszo

Eszter Katus

11 June 2020

Hungary

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The How Are You Today? program connects elderly Hungarians with young people who are also deprived of social connections during the Covid-19 pandemic. Festival Volunteer Center joined with Hungarian Charity Service of...

Religion News Service

Yonat Shimron

11 June 2020

Florida, United States

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When the coronavirus pandemic shut down large gatherings, some churches in the U.S. began offering outdoor services to safely serve their congregations – such as in one retirement community in Florida where members at...

Are We Europe

Juliette Bretan

9 June 2020

Poland

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In Poland, a volunteer helpline connects elderly residents who call in with volunteers to engage in compassionate conversation during the coronavirus pandemic. While other hotlines exist that help provide aid services...

Choteau Acantha

Melody Martinsen

6 June 2020

Bozeman, Montana, United States

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A group exercise class known as StrongPeople is helping senior citizens in Montana find community and improve their health through progressive strength training. Participants have reported positive results, while stud...

Equal Times

Carmen Grau

25 May 2020

Matsudo, Japan

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Japan's model of prioritizing societal care for their elderly has helped the country achieve the highest life expectancy and be named the healthiest population in the world. Now amid the coronavirus pandemic, the coun...

Route Fifty

Kate Elizabeth Queram

18 May 2020

Unity, New Hampshire, United States

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To help keep morale high and reduce the feeling of loneliness in senior centers during the coronavirus pandemic, pen-pal programs have taken shape throughout the United States. The idea started at a center in New Hamp...

FunTimes Magazine

Nana AmaAddo

4 May 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Elders’ Circle provides transportation and services to immigrant seniors, largely from Africa and the Caribbean. The goals of the organization are to help immigrant seniors be less socially isolated and more integrate...

Valley News

Nora Doyle-Burr

25 April 2020

Lebanon, Connecticut, United States

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In the New England region of the U.S., community nurses are working to fill a void in health care during the coronavirus pandemic for those who may require medical attention but do not need hospital care. As described...

Teen Vogue

Bridget Shirvell

1 April 2020

New York, New York, United States

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To help senior citizens through the coronavirus pandemic, teens and young adults are teaching the older people in their communities how to utilize technology. From "using FaceTime, finding reputable news on Facebook, ...

The New York Times

Anna Sauerbrey

28 March 2020

Germany

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Although Germany has reported over 50,000 cases of coronavirus, the country is seeing a lesser death toll from the pandemic as compared to other countries. Like other countries working to contain the spread, Germany w...

NPR

Sam Gringlas

27 March 2020

Maryland, United States

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Senior centers in Maryland are offering media literacy courses to discuss fact-checking and how to spot fake news stories online. A recent study by researchers at Princeton and NYU found that Facebook users over 65 a...

Valley News

Liz Sauchelli

21 March 2020

Lebanon, New Hampshire, United States

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The Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community near Lebanon, New Hampshire, is one of many senior-assisted living facilities that has rapidly responded to the spread of coronavirus. The staff has set up personal bingo table...

The Boulder Monitor

Keith Hammonds

Myers Reece

19 March 2020

Kalispell, Montana, United States

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Rural communities throughout the United States are experimenting with a Boston-based senior-assistance program that implements a shared-services approach to senior care. Although barriers to creating connectivity in i...

CBS News

Caitlin O'Kane

18 March 2020

United States

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As the coronavirus spreads across the United States, some grocery stores are designating specific shopping hours for older and immunocompromised residents. This allows shoppers to stock up in a less crowded environmen...

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