Low-tech Ways for Older Adults to Stay Connected During COVID-19

Guest Contributors Kay Vanags and Emily Winker Finding ways to stay connected during COVID-19 can be a challenge. Despite 90% of individuals between ages 65-69 and 44% of individuals age 80+ using the internet (Anderson & Perrin, 2017), connectivity can still be lacking in places like rural Iowa. Many of the ways older adults are … Continue reading Low-tech Ways for Older Adults to Stay Connected During COVID-19

Long-Distance Caregiving During COVID-19: Tips from Aging Experts

Guest Contributors: Maria Donohoe and Emily Winker According to a recent AARP and National Alliance of Caregiving study, 11% of family caregivers reside an hour or more away from the person for which they provide care (2020), known as long-distance caregivers. Caregiving tasks often include assistance with daily living activities (e.g., bathing, dressing, preparing meals), … Continue reading Long-Distance Caregiving During COVID-19: Tips from Aging Experts

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