COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020. Understanding of COVID-19, also called coronavirus, 2019-ncov, SARS-CoV-2, novel coronavirus, and more, is rapidly increasing. Older adults are at particular risk for serious illness and those 50 and older, particularly with multiple comorbidities, are at higher risk of dying if infected.

The GSA COVID-19 Task Force is monitoring the outbreak and will share resources as they are developed. The best source of information on current cases and guidance for healthcare professionals is the CDC website.


Information for Providers

Webinars from GSA and Its Members

Webinars from Partners

Support for Nursing Homes

  • COVID-19 Rapid Response Network for Nursing Homes

    ​The Institute for Healthcare Improvement, with support from The John A. Hartford Foundation, is launching the COVID-19 Rapid Response Network for Nursing Homes to support nursing home leadership, staff, residents, families, and communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Rapid Response Network features a daily 20-minute National Nursing Home Huddle to provide real-time, pragmatic solutions that can be implemented in nursing homes today to solve many of the key problems brought about or exacerbated by COVID-19.

    Calls are open to all. Register at the link.

Toolkits from GSA and Its Members

Toolkits from Partners

Clinical Guidance from Partners

CMS Guidance

Ethical Frameworks from Partners

Caregiver Resources from Partners

Oral Health Resources from Partners

Special Populations Resources from Partners

Partner/Other Organization Landing Pages of Resources


Information for Educators

From GSA and Its Members

From Partners


Information for Researchers and Policy Discussions

From GSA and Its Members

From Partners

Federal Funding Notices

Policy Updates and Resources


Journal Articles

From GSA Journals

Call for Papers

  • The Gerontologist Special Collection: Gerontology in a Time of Pandemic
  • Journal of Gerontology: Series B welcomes brief Research Reports focused on the Covid-19 crisis and its implications for older adults. These submissions will be on a fast-track review schedule; accepted manuscripts will be published in a Virtual Collection in mid- to late-2020. Individual articles will be made available on a rolling basis via Advance Access. Reports may include the analysis of new or established data resources, evidence-based commentaries, or theoretical articles with a well-reasoned and novel perspective on the crisis. The maximum allowable word count is 2,000 words. The word count includes title page, abstract and text. The reference list is limited to no more than 30 entries, and up to 3 data elements. Queries should be directed to Deborah Carr (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for Social Sciences, and Derek Isaacowitz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for Psychological Sciences. Manuscripts may be uploaded to JG: Psychological Sciences at mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jgps and JG: Social Sciences at mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jgss. We will accept submissions through at least June 15, 2020 for the rapid-review Virtual Collection. After that time, paper ideas should be sent to the editor before submission.

From Partners


Social Isolation, Mental Health, and Reframing Aging

From GSA and Its Members

  • Apply reframing aging principles to communications: This two-page tips guide illustrates the importance of how we talk to — and about — each other. Effective and inclusive communication is especially important during a time of genuine crisis. Check it out and sign up for a regular newsletter from the FrameWorks Institute, GSA’s strategic partner in the Reframing Aging Initiative.
  • Ageism in the Time of Coronavirus (Washington University with GSA Past President Nancy Morrow-Howell)

From Partners


News and Webinars

Articles from GSA and Its Members

Webinars from GSA and Its Members

  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (May 22, click to RSVP by email, American Federation for Aging Research, with members Nir Barzilai and George Kuchel)
  • Using Technology to Assist Older Adults in Coping with COVID-19 (May 7, moderatored by GSA member Gloria Gutman, hosted by the International Society of Gerontechnology)
  • Focus on Aging - Supporting Older Adults in Emergencies: Preparedness, Response, and Recovery (May 13, speaker: GSA President Kathryn Hyer, hosted by the Administration for Community Living)
  • Reframing the Response to COVID-19: Applying Reframed Language to Counteract Ageism (April 21, speaker: GSA staff Patricia D'Antonio)
  • COVID-19 Meets Metabesity: Nexus Between Pandemics and Age-Related Diseases (March 27, speaker: GSA President Dr. Kathryn Hyer, hosted by Kinexum)
  • The Coronavirus: What Age Has To Do With It (April 2, speaker: GSA Past President Nancy Morrow-Howell, hosted by Washington University)

Articles from Partners

Webinars from Partners