Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss Discrimination and Elderly Health Risks Due to Coronavirus
A Rutgers University population health epidemiologist and expert on violence prevention and elder abuse is available to comment on discrimination against Asians related to COVID-19 and the health risks faced by older adults due to isolation.
“In addition to the health risks and fear associated with COVID-19, there are serious implications that can stem from the discrimination faced by the Asian population during this crisis,” said XinQi Dong, director of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research (IFH) at Rutgers. “We know from research studies that older Chinese Americans can be mistreated, abused, isolated and left to feel lonely when faced with discrimination, which puts them at risk for poor cognitive function, suicide and other mental health problems.”
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