Resource Library

COVID-19 Update: The John T. Gorman Foundation is curating a list of resources, emerging best practices, and innovative ideas from across the country to help local organizations serve vulnerable Mainers during the coronavirus outbreak. To access those resources, visit www.jtgfoundation.org/resources/covid-19 or enter Covid-19 in the keyword search. Those results can be further focused by using the “Filter by” menu above to filter by population type (Young Children, Older Youth, Families, and Seniors) or by clicking the following links: childcare, education, food security, housing, rural areas, and workforce.

The John T. Gorman Foundation strives to be data-driven and results based and seeks to promote information and ideas that advance greater understanding of issues related to our mission and priorities. In our effort to promote these values, we offer these research and best practice resources collected from reputable sources across the country. The library also includes briefs and reports the Foundation has commissioned or supported, a listing of which can be found here.

 

More than 1 in 5 Americans is an unpaid caregiver for a friend or relative

May 15, 2020 – Seniors, Families

An associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reports on her research on caregiving during the pandemic. An estimated 21.3 percent of Americans, or a total of 53 million people, are unpaid caregivers for relatives and friends. Many of the people they are caring for are elderly, immunocompromised, or have chronic conditions—making them particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Precautionary measures like social distancing further complicate the challenges of caregiving and has limited access to paid at-home support. #covid-19

How philanthropy is responding to COVID-19 in Rural America

May 12, 2020 – Seniors

The national organization Grantmakers in Aging recently held a webinar to cover how philanthropy can respond to COVID-19 in rural places, especially to meet the needs of older adults. Some of the standard funder responses include relaxing reporting requirements, paying forward existing obligations, converting program grants to general operating support, and contributing to funder pools. However, presenters also highlighted some more innovative responses such as disseminating accurate information locally, supporting broadband efforts, checking in on isolated older adults, leveraging community connections, and helping source PPE for rural health providers. #covid-19 #rural

New Hampshire implementing enhanced testing in long-term care facilities

May 10, 2020 – Seniors

With COVID-19 outbreaks now confirmed at 16 long-term care facilities in New Hampshire, state health officials are implementing a plan for increased and ongoing testing. The plan involves contracting with the company Convenient MD to test all facility residents and staff as soon as possible to establish a baseline. A representative from the New Hampshire Health Care Association commented that the key will be frequent, ongoing testing for staff, as asymptomatic staff carrying the virus are the most significant threat to these facilities. #covid-19

California effort will employ restaurant workers to provide meals for seniors amid coronavirus crisis

April 24, 2020 – Seniors

California governor Gavin Newsom has announced a new statewide program to ensure hungry seniors receive three meals a day. The federally funded program will be organized by local officials coordinating with laid-off restaurant workers to prepare and deliver food to seniors. Governor Newsom said, “It’s not just about the meals… it’s about a human connection, about someone just checking in as they’re delivering those meals and making sure people are OK.” #covid-19 #foodsecurity

Public transit provides critical lifeline, but faces serious strains

April 23, 2020 – Seniors

A new post from AARP describes steps that public transportation providers are taking to ensure that access to critical services continues during the pandemic. One transit company in rural Michigan service now delivers groceries, food pantry good, senior meals, and prescriptions to older adults and other vulnerable populations. Another, in rural Pennsylvania, is providing homeless individuals with rides to testing and quarantine locations. While these actions are providing support to key populations in the crisis, additional services and waived fees threaten the long-term sustainability of the public transit agencies. #covid-19

New Program "Support Buddies" supports isolated seniors during Coronavirus Pandemic

April 22, 2020 – Seniors

In Burlington, Vermont, the Heineberg Senior Center has launched “Support Buddies,” a program providing isolated seniors with a volunteer buddy tailored to their needs during the Coronavirus pandemic. Buddies are delivering restaurant-prepared meals, running errands, and providing phone call check-ins to local seniors, providing a critical social support when other senior center services are unavailable. #covid-19

Wentworth Senior Living put together game packets to ward off isolation and anxiety

April 18, 2020 – Seniors

To address the mental health effects of isolation and anxiety for seniors during the coronavirus Pandemic, Wentworth Senior Living in Portsmouth, New Hampshire has put together activity packets of crossword puzzles, trivia games, Sudoku, jokes, song lyrics, and discussion topics for their residents. These efforts are meant to keep residents engaged and connected and are available to nonresidents upon request. #covid-19

A coronavirus recovery: How to ensure older workers fully participate

April 16, 2020 – Seniors

Once the worst of the outbreak is over and social distancing measures are relaxed, policies to help older workers will be needed to ensure they share in the recovery. Older workers who lose their jobs in a recession are more likely to be unemployed for long periods. The Economic Policy Institute posits a detailed list of actions to be taken to protect older workers. #covid-19 #workforce

Urban: Seven Ways the COVID-19 Pandemic Could Undermine Retirement Security

April 8, 2020 – Seniors

Urban Institute analyzes possible effects of the coronavirus outbreak on retirement savings, and offers possible solutions to policymakers. #COVID-19

Urban: What Do “Stay-at-Home” Orders Mean for Families in Unsafe or Unrepaired Homes?

April 8, 2020 – Seniors, Families

Stay-at-home orderspose a unique health challenge for families living in substandard housing, including those that have fallen into disrepair because of lack of investment. Because staying at home is the best chance to slow the pandemic’s spread, policymakers at the federal, state, and local level can step in to ensure all homes are safe for families, the author argues. #covid-19 #housing

Grocery service offered to older Vermonters

April 6, 2020 – Seniors

Several communities are leveraging volunteer networks to provide grocery and supply shopping services to older residents or residents with disabilities during coronavirus outbreak. In Bennington, Vermont, one such effort is coordinated by the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging, and in Swanzey, New Hampshire, a local youth professional network and rugby club have partnered as volunteers. #covid-19 #foodsecurity

Maine has second-highest share of adults vulnerable to COVID-19

April 1, 2020 – Seniors

The Kaiser Family Foundation found that the share of Maine’s adult population that is at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19 was larger than any other U.S. state besides West Virginia (47.2% and 51.1%, respectively). “High risk” includes older adults 60 years or older and younger adults 18-59 years old with diabetes, cancer, heart disease, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). #COVID-19