The Health Effects of Loneliness and Social Isolation: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Submitted by Minnesota North... on Mar 19, 2023 - 3:55pm CDT

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This presentation (1:00:11 minutes) by Ashwin Kotwal discusses the lessons we have learned through the COVID-19 pandemic regarding the specific health effects of loneliness and social isolation on older adults. By the end of this presentation, learners should be able to: (1) understand how loneliness and social isolation are defined and what their health effects are and define each term and identify at least two proposed mechanisms by which they impact health; (2) understand how the experiences of loneliness and social isolation among older adults is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the prevalence during the pandemic and key groups at risk; and (3) understand how we can support older adults experiencing loneliness and social isolation and apply a framework for interventions in a clinical setting.

Source: UCSF Division of Geriatrics, 2022

Ashwin Kotwal
Age-Friendly Care and Education Collection