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Leaving Seniors to Fend for Themselves During Pandemic Has Cost Lives

Los Angeles Times Leaving Seniors to Fend for Themselves During Pandemic Has Cost Lives (March 24, 2020)

Despite early data showing that older adults were most at risk of complications and death from COVID-19, many companies were slow to put in measures that could help older adults stay safe. For example, in the beginning of the pandemic, drug stores were charging older adults delivery fees instead of encouraging them to stay home and safe by waiving fees. Later, many drugstores did begin waiving fees. “It’s taken way too long,” said Kevin Prindiville, executive director of the advocacy group Justice in Aging. “Our failure to create systems early on to help older people social distance has cost lives.”

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