Caregiving During COVID-19: Helpful Tips on Staying Safe, Reducing Stress, and Finding Local Supports and Services

Guest Contributors: Maria Donohoe and Emily Winker Caregivers and care recipients may not have had to change the ways they provide in-home care and support during the COVID-19 pandemic, but that does not mean that it has been any less stressful. Caregiving can often be an isolating experience even with supports and services provided by … Continue reading Caregiving During COVID-19: Helpful Tips on Staying Safe, Reducing Stress, and Finding Local Supports and Services

Social Isolation and Elder Abuse During COVID-19: What Experts Say We Can Do

Guest Contributors: Angie Guss and Crystal Doig The COVID-19 virus has been referred to as a “hidden enemy.” The policy response to this hidden enemy was to stay home or “shelter-in-place.” As older adults participated in these policy recommendations and mandates, another opportunistic, hidden enemy strengthened itself in the sheltered shadows of COVID-19: elder abuse. … Continue reading Social Isolation and Elder Abuse During COVID-19: What Experts Say We Can Do

Managing Social Isolation During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Advice Series from Area Agency on Aging Experts

Guest Contributors: Kay Vanags and Stacie Speirs “Social distancing” in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic has created confusion and new challenges for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and family caregivers. For these individuals, social distancing has heightened the experience of loneliness and social isolation. With this guest blog from experts in Iowa’s aging network, … Continue reading Managing Social Isolation During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Advice Series from Area Agency on Aging Experts