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Pandemic, care and ageing. Transformations and challenges in later life care in times of Covid 
Carlos Chirinos (Rovira i Virgili University)
Ana Lucia Hernández Cordero (University of Zaragoza)
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Main Site Tower (MST), 01/003
Wednesday 27 July, 11:15-13:00

Short Abstract:

The pandemic has impacted daily care of the elderly, disrupting common spaces and the participation of other social agents. This panel seeks to reflect on how the pandemic has affected the care of older adults in spaces of proximity and belonging.

Long Abstract:

Social care, particularly of the elderly, has little influence in political and cultural spheres (Daly, 2020). The pandemic has merely made this structural problem visible, and aggravated the care crisis. In many societies, the care of the elderly still lies with families, especially women, around whom there is a whole range of resources and care agents such as day centres, home care services, and foreign women workers. This "mosaic of care" (Soronellas and Comas-d'Argemir, 2017), constructed on the basis of the family, means that this practice is understood as a collective, proximate effort in terms of space and belonging. The onset of the pandemic has disrupted this sense of daily care of the elderly in a common space. The pandemic has altered care strategies in the personal environment, and redefined participation and spaces.

The daily care of older people involves various family-related agents and spaces organised from a sense of belonging and what they have in common. This panel addresses the question: How has the pandemic transformed these practices and imaginaries of daily care of the elderly provided from this immediate environment? Contributions may address: 1) spaces and trajectories of care for the elderly, 2) the participation of social agents in care, 3) gender, kinship and intergenerational relationships in care for the elderly, 4) the institutionalization of daily care (from home to nursing homes), 5) various experiences of care and ageing (corporality, LGTBI+, migrations, etc.).

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