Social Isolation: Why It Matters and Innovative Program Models
Presenter(s): Sharon Dornberg-Lee, AM, LCSW, Susan C. Real, BS, Alaine Kvedaras, BS, Colette Jordan, BA, HS-BCP, Michelle Newman, MPH, in partnership with the Illinois Coalition on Mental Health and Aging
Date: November 19 at 10am CT
Prior to COVID-19, a silent epidemic was already raging: social isolation among older adults. The pandemic has now greatly exacerbated the already well-documented impacts of isolation and loneliness on the physical and mental health of older adults. This program will provide an overview of the impact of social isolation on older adults and will provide ideas for support and intervention to mitigate the negative impact, highlighting creative ways this issue is being addressed across Illinois.
Recognize the impact of social isolation on older adults
Identify strengths-based interventions to mitigate the impact of social isolation among older adults
Describe a variety of program models aiming to address social isolation among older adults
Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Grant No. 6H79FG000600-01M001 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.