The impact of the pandemic on older adults cannot be overstated. While much is still unknown about the virus, the research is clear that it affects older adults more severely. The mortality rate for patients over 50 is at least thirty times that of those in their twenties and increases dramatically with age. Older adults are also more likely to have other health conditions that result in more serious symptoms. The rapid spread of the virus through nursing homes is but one example of the concentrated effects on older adults.
This factsheet identifies suggestions specifically on court practices that will improve access to the courts for older adults, especially those who have experienced abuse.