Social and Community Context
202 - Social and Community Context: The Impact of Loneliness on Mental and Behavioral Health
Tuesday, July 17
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Palladian Room-Lobby Level
Cristine (Clarke) Henage, MPS, EdD-Results of Online Training for Physical Therapists an Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Program
Cristine (Clarke) Henage, MPS, EdD-Expand Geriatric Mental Health Care Workforce by Screening and Intervening for Depression
Jennifer Solomon, MA-How the “Get Connected Toolkit” Can Help Health and Aging Services Providers Reduce Social Isolation and Improve Health
Lynda Flowers, JD, MSN, RN: Social Isolation: An Important Health and Public Health Issue and a Significant Cost to Medicare
Caitlin Mayotte, MS-I'm Not Depressed, I'm Lonely: Exploring the Use of an Evidence-Based Depression Management Program to Treat Social Isolation in Older Adults
Chronic loneliness and social isolation affect more than one third of older adults and are sentinel factors for health risk. Only fourteen percent of the nation’s older adults live alone, but nearly half of all women over age 75 live by themselves, and twice as many women as men over 65 live alone. Panel experts will discuss the cost impact of isolation to the Medicare program; successful use of on-line training for non-clinicians to screen and address depression, including through exercise promotion; home-based depression management; and how to address the mis-use and abuse of medications and alcohol. Effective strategies to address loneliness promote better quality of life and health, and help older adults remain in their homes and communities.
Presented by AARP Foundation
- Discuss the different ways older adults experience and are affected by social isolation and loneliness, including impact to the Medicare program.
- Explore how the PEARLS program can improve social isolation in older adults, such as during common late-life transitions (e.g. decreased mobility, retirement, caregiving), and in diverse communities.
- Understand how on-line training can be used to prepare non-clinicians to address behavioral health issues and fall risk in older adults.
- Increase understanding of the link between social isolation and the mis-use of medications and alcohol among older adults, and learn more about SAMHSA's "Get Connected" tookit.