COVID-19, inequality and older people: Developing community-centred interventions

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This paper considers the basis for a ‘community-centred’ response to COVID-19. It highlights the pressures on communities weakened by austerity, growing inequalities, and cuts to social infrastructure. This paper examines the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on low-income communities, whilst highlighting the extent to which they have been excluded from debates about policies to limit the spread of COVID-19. This paper examines four approaches to assist the inclusion of neighbourhoods in strategies to tackle the pandemic: Promoting community participation; recruiting advocates for those who are isolated; creating a national initiative for supporting community-centred activity; and developing policies for the long-term. This paper concludes with questions which society and communities will need to address given the potential continuation of measures to promote physical distancing.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8064
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2021


  • COVID-19
  • Community participation
  • Inequality
  • Low income
  • Older people
  • Social infrastructure

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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