The Importance of Social Connection for Older Adults during COVID-19

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020, 1:00-2:00PM, EST

Registration is closed. Please email us for more information: ece@hsdm.harvard.edu

Abstract:

Physical distancing and loss of social supports during the COVID-19 pandemic may result in situations where vulnerable older adults experience emotional distress and poorer health outcomes. This webinar will help participants to understand the importance of early identification of ways to identify and support socially isolated and lonely older adults.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

· Explain the physical and mental health effects associated with social isolation and loneliness in populations of older adults

· Identify possible indicators of institutional ageism in messages that devalue the lives of older adults and heighten isolation and loneliness

· Develop thoughtful approaches to assessing patient risk factors for social isolation and loneliness and coordinating outreach efforts with local agencies in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

Intended Audience: Health center providers and staff who care for older adults