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Many older adults follow strict precautions to protect themselves from COVID. The “new normal” ― for those 65 and older ― is a very different and fearful social order. Top row (from left): Willetha and Harold Barnette, Vicki Ellner, Richard Chady. Center row (from left): Patricia Griffin, Wilma Jenkins, Annis Pratt. Bottom row (from left): Ed and Marian Hollingsworth, Harry Hutson, Edward Mosely. (Courtesy of participants

Life Beyond COVID Seclusion Means Challenges

Months into the coronavirus pandemic, older adults are having a hard time envisioning their “new normal.”

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What You Should Know Before Elective Procedures

Hospitals, outpatient clinics and physicians’ practices have started providing elective medical procedures; services that had been suspended for several months.

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Davetta Brooks lives in a building for low-income seniors on Chicago’s Near West Side. Residents are not wearing masks or gloves to guard against the coronavirus, she said: “They’re touching everything on the elevator, in the laundry room. And anybody and everybody’s relatives and friends are coming in and out with no scrutiny.” (Nolis Anderson for KHN)

Seniors In Low-Income Housing Live In Fear Of COVID Infection

Davetta Brooks, 75, who has heart failure, a fractured hip and macular degeneration, is afraid.

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Should You Consider A Reverse Mortgage Now?

Reverse mortgages allow older homeowners to turn part of their home equity into tax-free cash, using a loan that doesn’t have to be paid back until they die, sell or move out.

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Older Adults Fearful of COVID-19 Are Changing Living Wills

Last month, Minna Buck revised a document specifying her wishes should she become critically ill.

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Seniors: Programs Struggle To Reach Vulnerable At Home

Older adults who otherwise might have had chronic illness checkups may now deteriorate at home, unnoticed. If they don’t go out, their mobility could become compromised, a risk for decline.

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