Key Takeaways

  • The health and safety of older Americans is of utmost concern during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Social distancing will exacerbate physical and mental health conditions, significantly worsening an older person’s chances of recovery if infected.

  • Title III-D of the Older Americans Act authorizes funding for evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs delivered by community-based organizations (CBOs).

People over the age of 60, particularly those with chronic conditions, are at highest risk of nursing home placement, hospitalization, and death due to COVID-19 complications.

This one pager describes the physical and behavioral needs of older adults as they follow social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how investments in Older Americans Act (OAA) Title III-D evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs can help them preserve and improve their health and independence.

The lack of access to community-based supports and services and assistance, and negative effects of isolation, are exacerbating underlying chronic conditions and resulting in new health threats. Increasing support for OAA Title III-D health promotion and disease prevention will address the growing, urgent need for these services that will contribute to reductions in hospital admissions, nursing home placement, and death.