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, SARS-CoV-2, and novel coronavirus increases every day. 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. GSA continues to advocate for its members and older adults as the pandemic continues to disrupt systems of care, research, and education. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Many vaccines are in the process of being developed to prevent COVID-19. After healthcare workers and long-term care staff and residents, essential workers and older adults have been prioritized to receive the vaccine. GSA members can help build confidence in conversations with older adults about the vaccine, the providers administering the vaccine, and the process by which the vaccine has been developed. Several resources are included below to assist with those conversations.

COVID-19 Task Force Resources

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

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.



Clinical Guidance

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 and JG: Social Sciences at 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

From Partners

News and Webinars

Articles from GSA and Its Members

Webinars from GSA and Its Members

Articles from Partners

Webinars from Partners