COVID-19 resources relating to older people

This page aims to signpost to COVID-19 related resources and materials from different sources that particularly relate to older people and their human rights. Please note that a number of these resources are being updated regularly as the situation develops. For general ongoing updates, please consult the main WHO page on COVID-19, available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Resources from the World Health Organisation (WHO)

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) guidance for long-term care facilities in the context of COVID-19

Clinical management of severe acute respiratory infection when novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection is suspected

A guide to preventing and addressing social stigma associated with COVID-19

Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak

Information Note on COVID-19 and Non-Communicable Diseases

Addressing Human Rights As Key to the COVID-19 Response

Resources from the UN Secretary General

UN policy brief ‘The impact of COVID-19 on older persons’

UN policy brief ‘COVID-19 and Human Rights: We are all in this together’ 

Resources from UN DESA

Relevant UN System Resources on COVID-19 and Older Persons

Issue brief: Older persons and COVID-19

Resources from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

COVID-19 and its Human Rights Dimensions

Resources from other UN bodies

UN main COVID-19 portal

Information from the UN system

Implications of COVID-19 for Older Persons: Responding to the Pandemic – UNFPA Global Technical Brief

COVID-19 – Recomendaciones generales para la atencion a personas mayores desde una perspectiva de derechos humanos UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Spanish only)

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Preparedness and Response: UNFPA Regional Technical Guidance Note on Older Persons – UNFPA Asia Pacific

Living with the Times: A mental health and psychosocial support toolkit for older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic – Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings

Resources from other stakeholders

The World Hospice Palliative Care Alliance resource website

Potential Impact of COVID-19 on Human Mortality (PICHM) Tool in LMICs

Statement of the European Geriatric Medicine Society

German clinical ethical recommendations about resource allocation in emergency and intensive medicine in the context of COVID-19 (German only)

Clinical Ethics Recommendations for the Allocation of Intensive Care Treatments, in Exceptional, Resource-limited Circumstances – Italian College of Anasthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care (SIAARTI)

International Long-term Care Policy Network – Resources to support community and Long-Term Care responses to COVID-19

GAROP resources

GAROP COVID-19 Guide – January 2021      English      French      Spanish

GAROP statements and letters

GAROP World Elder Abuse Awareness Day statement – 15 June 2020

GAROP Open Letter to the UN Secretary-General – 5 May 2020

NGO joint letter to the UN Secretary-General (supported by GAROP) – 3 June 2020

(and the UN Secretary-General’s response – 15 July 2020)

GAROP letter to the WHO Director-General – 20 April 2020

(and the WHO Director-General response to GAROP – 12 May 2020)

Statement from GAROP Steering Group about COVID-19 and the human rights of older persons – 7 April 2020, World Health Day

GAROP letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights – 6 April 2020

Statement from GAROP about the cancellation of the 11th Open-ended Working Group on Ageing session – 19 March 2020

Resources from GAROP members

‘It’s About Rights’ toolkit (HelpAge International)

Discussion paper ‘Time for a UN convention on the rights of older persons. How the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the need to protect our rights in older age’

AGE Platform Europe COVID-19 website and focus on the human rights of older persons and COVID-19

Alzheimer’s Disease International COVID-19 website

HelpAge International COVID-19 website

International Association for Hospices and Palliative Care (IAHPC) resource page

International Federation on Ageing COVID-19 resource library

Statement by Human Rights Watch on COVID-19 and older persons

Briefing Note: Palliative Care for Older Persons infected with COVID-19

Position Statement on COVID-19 from the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance (ILC-GA)

COVID-19: The impact on the human rights of older people in the UK (Age UK)

Position paper on the rights of older people in residential care homes (BAGSO) German only

Statements and analyses on human rights and COVID-19

EU Trio Presidency Declaration on Ageing

Council of the EU – Council Conclusions on Human Rights, Participation and Well-Being of Older Persons in the Era of Digitalisation

Independent Expert report ‘Impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons

Statement on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by the UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older people

Statement by the UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older people

Joint statement from UN human rights experts

Statement by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities

Statement from a group of UN experts on the rights of women and girls 

Statement by the Group of Friends of Older Persons in New York

Human Rights Dimensions of COVID-19 Response – Human Rights Watch

Joint statement on the Human Rights of Older Persons During Pandemic – German and Polish National Human Rights Institutions

Statement from the European Commissioner for Human Rights (Council of Europe) on older persons

Online statement from the EU Commissioner on Equality on COVID-19 and older persons

Statement by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency

EU Fundamental Rights Agency Bulletin ‘Coronavirus pandemic in the EU – fundamental rights implications: with a focus on contact-tracing apps’

Analysis of COVID-19 responses and European Convention on Human Rights requirements

Amnesty International reports on ways in which the COVID-19 response has failed older people in care homes  UK    Belgium (French only)    Spain

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