Research Papers 




 Research Papers

Kelly, G. & Geffen, L. 2020.Understanding and measuring the value of peer-to-peer community support programs for older adults (invited commentary). JAMA Network Open. 2020;3(12):e2030674. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.30674

Solanki., Kelly., G., Cornell., J., Geffen, G. & Doherty, T. The need to incorporate the impact of population ageing into the post-COVID-19 policy and planning reset. (awaiting review).

Geffen, L., Kelly, G., Morris, J., Hogeveen, S., Morris, J. 2020.Establishing the criterion validity of the interRAI Check-Up Self-Report instrument. BMC Geriatrics 2020 (26). DOI: 10.1186/s12877-020-01659-9

Lloyd-Sherlock,P.,Ebrahim,S.,Mckee,M.2020.Bearing the brunt of covid-19: older people in low and middle income countries. BMC Geriatrics 368:m1052.doi:

Declercq,A., de Stampa, M.,Geffen,L., Heckman,G., Hirdes,J., Finne-Soveri,H., Lum,T., Millar,N., Morris,JN., Onder,G., Szczerbińska,K., Topinkova,E., and van Hout,H.2020. Why, in almost all countries, was residential care for older people so badly affected by COVID-19?OSE Opinion Paper No. 23.Observatoire social européen.

Solanki, G., Kelly, G. Cornell, J., Daviaud, R. & Geffen, L. 2019. Population ageing in South Africa: trends, impact, and challenges for the health sector. South African Health Review 2019. pp. 173-182.

September, J., Geffen, L., Manning, K., Naicker, P., Faro, C., Mendelson, M. & Wasserman, S. 2019. Colonisation with pathogenic drug-resistant bacteria and Clostridioides difficile among residents of residential care facilities in Cape Town, South Africa: a cross-sectional prevalence study. Animicrobial Resistance & Infection Control 8(1). DOI:

Geffen, L., Kelly, G., Morris, J. & Howards, E. 2019. Peer-to-peer support model to improve quality of life among highly vulnerable, low-income older adults in Cape Town, South Africa. BMC Geriatrics 19(1):279. DOI: 10.1186/s12877-019-1310-0

Kelly, G., Mrengqwa, L. & Geffen, L. 2019. “They don’t care about us”: older people’s experiences of primary healthcare in Cape Town, South Africa. BMC Geriatrics 19(1). DOI: 10.1186/s12877-019-1116-0

Mapira, L., Kelly, G. & Geffen, L. 2019. A qualitative examination of policy and structural factors driving care workers’ adverse experiences in long-term residential care facilities for older adults in Cape Town. BMC Geriatrics 19(1). DOI: 10.1186/s12877-019-1105-3



Kelly, G. 16 March, 2020.We Need To Act Quickly To Protect Older People In Sa From Covid-19. Daily Maverick Op-Ed  Https://Www.Sifar.Org.Za/Daily-Maverick-Op-Ed-We-Need-Act-Quickly-Protect-Older-People-Sa-Covid-19 (also Featured on UCT News) - Unintended Consequences Of Changes To Pension Delivery Amidst COVID19: The Case Of South Africa. 19 May, 2020

Geffen,L.14 May 2020.How we are dealing with Covid-19 in care homes. Group up pp-Ed

Mabe,L&Mrengqwa,L.2020.How Covid-19 has affected older persons. Vukani News Online.

Kelly, G. 2018. Living with Alzheimer’s: Memory loss is not a normal part of ageing. Daily Maverick.

Kelly, G. 2017. Why the Life Esidimeni scandal was predictable. GroundUp.



Geffen, L., Kelly, G., Steyn, S., Kalula, S. 2020. Situational analysis of COVID-19 and older persons in South Africa. Report submitted to Better Health Programmes South Africa, UK Government, Mott MacDonald. August 2020.




Collaboration with HelpAge International - How to administer pension payments during the COVID-19 pandemic 

Collaboration with HelpAge International -  Guidelines on pension collection safety around COVID 

Kelly, G. & Geffen, L. 2020. Guidelines, Standard Operating Procedures and Clinical Practice – Preventing and Managing COVID-19 infections in Long-Term Care Facilities. Samson Institute for Ageing Research. 25 June 2020.