Covid-19 and inequality: developing an age-friendly strategy for recovery in low income communities

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper aims to explore the social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on issues facing older people living in urban areas characterised by multiple deprivation. Design/methodology/approach: The paper first reviews the role of place and neighbourhood in later life; second, it examines the relationship between neighbourhood deprivation and the impact of COVID-19; and, third, it outlines the basis for an “age-friendly” recovery strategy. Findings: The paper argues that COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on low-income communities, which have already been affected by cuts to public services, the loss of social infrastructure and pressures on the voluntary sector. It highlights the need for community-based interventions to be developed as an essential part of future policies designed to tackle the effects of COVID-19. Originality/value: The paper contributes to debates about developing COVID-19 recovery strategies in the context of growing inequalities affecting urban neighbourhoods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-279
Number of pages9
JournalQuality in Ageing and Older Adults
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • Ageing populations
  • Austerity
  • COVID-19
  • Deprived neighbourhoods
  • Older people
  • Social exclusion
  • Social inequality

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Cathie Marsh Institute
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

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