Helping NJ Seniors through Turbulent Times
What Municipalities can do
The COVID-19 pandemic has tested our ability to survive and thrive on multiple levels: throughout our nation, around our state, and within our municipalities. Public safety practices, healthcare disparities, transportation troubles, food insecurities, and the future of local businesses have all been impacted by this insidious virus. Our elected and government officials have had to model resiliency, thinking on their feet in response to ever-shifting virus protocols and their impact on the communities they serve.
From the moment that the coronavirus infiltrated our nation and our news media, one population in particular received negative attention: older adults. We repeatedly heard references that the virus “only impacts old people” or “only the elderly die from COVID-19.” Sadly, these remarks reinforce ageism that runs rampant in our society, branding the older generation as disposable entities. Also, sadly, over time, the virus has had an impact on individuals of all ages.To continue reading this article visit page 6 (with subscription).To continue reading this article visit page 6 (without subscription).