Mariel Padilla | This story was originally published by The 19th

Every morning, 100-year-old Angela Little reads the newspaper in bed, does the crossword while having breakfast, reads a book and sends texts and emails to her loved ones. Living through the pandemic in her San Francisco home, it’s the same thing day after day, she said.

“It’s a circumscribed life that has not got much joy to it,” she said. “And all the anxiety of what I read and what I hear is enough to make the day dismal.”

Older adults, facing a high risk of infection, were hit especially hard by the pandemic. Public health officials encouraged them to stay in their homes and limit contact with family members and friends. Eight out of 10 reported COVID-19 deaths have been in adults 65 years and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and…

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