As countries pass the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, government strategies to bring us out of lockdown are an opportunity to protect the lives, dignity and well-being of everyone, everywhere.
- Age-based measures that isolate older people for long periods of time are harmful to their dignity and well-being. Many are left with no access to healthcare, care and support, pensions, work, food or other means to support themselves.
- Singling out older people stigmatises them and reinforces ageist stereotypes that all older people are weak and vulnerable. It prevents them from playing their multiple roles in society and their part alongside others in recovery from the pandemic.
- Alternatives measures should be used that minimize the risk of infection for everyone, including older people, and help build more cohesive societies.
The impact of age-based measures