As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact communities worldwide, this novel disease is leaving many survivors with severe lung damage. Among older patients, advanced lung damage is more likely. Survivors of all ages who have extensive lung impacts are likely to be new to managing those issues. Supporting healthy aging for these patients will require both gathering data about their unique experiences and using the existing evidence basis about adapting to managing obstructive lung disease. This article outlines key priorities for research with COVID-19 survivors aging with permanent lung damage, and highlights unique considerations for people older at age of onset. It also outlines the relevance of findings from this research for clinical care supporting people newly aging with advanced lung disease from COVID-19. In the process, it summarizes lessons from established patient populations aging with progressive lung disease-using cystic fibrosis as a prominent example from the author’s lived experience-that may enhance the experiences of older COVID-19 survivors.
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