Older Americans: Pitching In To Overcome COVID-19

posted by Michelle Martin

on May 19, 2020

May is Older Americans Month, the perfect moment to pause and recognize the amazing contributions of older adults across the country. As we overcome the COVID-19 crisis, perhaps there’s no better time to honor our seniors and the tremendous value they bring to society every day.

While the news cycle has been filled with warnings over the high-risk COVID-19 poses to those over 60, we want to celebrate our valued, hardworking, and wonderful seniors. In early April, a Nashville grandfather and his granddaughter warmed hearts across the country when their physically distanced dance-off made national news. Grandparents across the country are becoming primary caregivers for their grandchildren, helping frontline parents keep their children safe. In the spirit of love and perseverance, nothing will hold an excited grandparent back from meeting their new grandchild, even if it means meeting through a hospital window for the first time.  In New Jersey, a senior found a way to express his gratitude to the doctors and nurses who cared for his wife even though he was not allowed inside the hospital.

And seniors are actively joining the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19.  Retired doctors and nurses have returned to the workforce to assist in the fight against COVID-19 while others have put retirement on hold to help the growing number of patients in dire need of care. When William “Bill” Lapschies celebrated his 104th birthday, the Army veteran added “one of the oldest known survivors of COVID-19 in the United States” to his long list of life accomplishments.

Every day, older Americans are pitching in to overcome COVID-19. Seniors are doing everything from delivering meals, working as frontline workers in hospitals and grocery stores, and caring for family members. During the month of May we celebrate our older Americans and say thank you for a lifetime of commitment and service.

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