Hundreds of volunteers are lending their support to a Northern California organisation that aims to protect elderly Asian Americans by escorting them through their neighborhoods during a time of heightened violence against the community. Compassion In Oakland is helping the community by walking with them and helping them in the community.
Share My Home is a national provider that matches older people with compatible younger companions for the mutual benefits of shared living. Giving older people a social lifeline and an affordable way to remain living well at home.
This is the heartwarming moment Betty Meredith, 91, surprises her husband Kenneth, 96, in his care home after being more than a month apart due to the pandemic.
I’m not disposable, and I’m saddened that there are people who think age dictates whether a human life is worth saving.
Two octogenarian lovers, one living in Denmark and the other in Germany, are determined to keep meeting every day for a picnic and a chat on either side of the border, which has been shut to help curb the spread of coronavirus. Inga Rasmussen, 85, who lives in Gallehus on the Danish side, met Karsten Tuechsen Hansen, 89, two years ago. Both widowed, they quickly fell in love. Like many lovers around the world in this time of the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on free movement, they face obstacles in meeting up but they are not easily deterred.
Alongside a time lag in reporting deaths and inadequate testing, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that ‘out of sight is out of mind’, writes Caroline Abrahams.
Over 70s On Covid-19 Isolation: "I Don't Want To Get The Virus – But I Won't Be Locking Myself Away Either"
HuffPost UK spoke to older people about the government's coronavirus guidance – and found them understandably unwilling to completely shut themselves away for 12 weeks.
“At 92 with failing health, she is at the extreme end of vulnerability to the virus … but sadly she won’t have that interaction."
Picking up the phone or slipping a note through a neighbour's door still shows you care, writes Alex Smith.
It's beneficial when volunteers give up their time to keep lonely people company – but what about the other way around?