The following article, unusually and perhaps controversially, attempts an initial assessment of certain perceived potential beneficial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tripathy, S. Kar, SK. Roy, D. [et al]. (2020). Community perception of the environmental and wellness impact of COVID-19 and its possible implications for elderly population. Journal of Geriatric Care and Research (JGCR). June 18th 2020, Vol.7(2): pp.68-73.
Related Speculation From BBC Radio 4
Rajan, A. (2020). Is the coronavirus crisis a chance to reset the world? London: BBC Radio 4 Rethink / We Are Covert [animation], June 19th 2020.
Examples of “COVID-19 Response” Better Ways of Working in the NHS, to be Retained and Shared?
Some beneficial innovations, implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic within the NHS, which might beneficially be retained:
- Proactive anticipatory care for older people with frailty.
- Urgent primary care response.
- Specialist-led assessment and treatment at home (“Hospital at Home”).
- Coordinated multi-agency support for care homes.
- Person-centred advance care planning.
- Age-attuned acute care.
- Safe, effective and timely transfers of care.
- Optimising recovery and rehabilitation.
- Virtual clinics.
- Digitally-enabled care.
British Geriatrics Society (2020). Beneficial innovations from COVID-19. London: British Geriatrics Society (BGS), July 3rd 2020.
Greater Awareness of Relationships Between Socio-Economic amd Health Inequalities?
Tinson, A. (2020). Living in poverty was bad for your health before COVID-19. London: Health Foundation, July 25th 2020.
After the Storm?
A JGCR editorial, exploring various positive outcomes which may arise as a result of personal coping strategies, post-traumatic growth (PTG), personal resilience and hope:
Kar, N. (2020). Coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Geriatric Care and Research (JGCR). December 20th 2020, Vol.7(3): pp.101-102.
Lessons in Resilience: Opportunities to Learn From the Elderly?
Psychological coping strategies adopted by medically fit older persons in response to the COVID-19 lockdown may be of benefit in helping the general population in their behavioural and emotional adjustment. Cognitive flexibility, improved ability to regulate emotions (reducing stress reactivity), a sense of belongingness enhanced by meaningful social relationships, and healthy lifestyles more generally are suggested to be important adaptive strategies.
“An open and positive attitude towards life with the capacity to accept and move ahead is something one needs to learn from the elderly”.
Patra, S. (2021). COVID-19: An opportunity to learn resilience from the elderly. Journal of Geriatric Care and Research (JGCR). January 30th 2021, Vol.8(1). pp.8-10.