Image of male nurse pushing senior woman in a wheelchair in nursing facility

Eldercare should be seen as a health rights issue following the disproportionate loss of nursing home residents during the coronavirus pandemic, the emergencies chief of the World Health Organization said in mid-September. 

Speaking at the United Nations in Geneva, Mike Ryan, M.D., called for policymakers worldwide to “fundamentally rethink the relationship we have with older generations and the way in which we provide care for that generation.”

“We need to see the needs of our older generation as a rights issue,” Ryan said.