Othering and Deprioritizing Older Adults’ Lives: Ageist Discourses During the COVID-19 Pandemic


  • Roger Søraa
  • Federico Manzi
  • Mark W. Kharas
  • Antonella Marchetti
  • Davide Massaro
  • Giuseppe Riva
  • J. Artur Serrano


The COVID-19 pandemic is showing troubling othering demographic discourses. For older adults in particular, there are concerning thematics that should be shined light on. In this editorial, we provide perspectives from three countries: Norway, Italy and the United States. We provide four topics of discussion that can be utilized to further understand othering discoures of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as potential future disasters.