17.04.2020 - von Liat Ayalon, Alison Chasteen, Manfred Diehl, Becca Levy,, Shevaun D Neupert, Klaus Rothermund, Clemens Tesch-Römer, Hans-Werner Wahl
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of the world, including how older persons are treated. We believe that research evidencefrom the behavioral sciences of agingcan help address the pandemic in ways that can benefit the health and well-being of individuals across the lifespan.We think that there are three primary ways that evidence from behavioral sciences can make a difference. First, with the pandemic therehas been a parallel outbreak of ageism. What we are seeing in public discourse is an increasing portrayal of those over the age of 70as beingall alike with regard to being helpless, frail, and unable to contribute to society. These views are being spread by social media, thepress, and public announcements bygovernment officials throughout the world (see Table 1 for examples).
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