The Covid-19 outbreak has had a particular impact on older people. The death rate from the virus increases the older someone is when infected. People over the age of 70 were advised to adhere strictly to lockdown precautions.
In our communities we have seen neighbourhoods come together to support one another. At the same time the national commentary around Covid-19 has implicitly and at times explicitly, argued that the lives of older people are less important than getting the pubs open.
On our streets, people have clapped for the NHS whilst our care homes residents have been put in peril.
What can we learn from listening to the experiences of local people?
At our recent online listening event, five local speakers shared their experiences of Covid-19 and lockdown from different perspectives and reflected on how we might make Gloucestershire a better county in which to grow older.