Social Isolation due to COVID-19

Social Isolation Resources

 

Social isolation among older adults is a serious issue, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one-third of adults ages 45 and older feel lonely. This group is at an increased risk of social isolation due in part to having less nearby, immediate family or a chronic illness. Many organizations have created resources to help combat this social isolation and support beneficiaries and caregivers, as well as staff members and volunteers.


Assessment

Website and Webpages

Articles

Newsletters

Handouts

  • Eldercare Locator and National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a): Staying Connected at Home During COVID-19 (English) (Spanish)
  • Eldercare Locator and Alliance for Aging Research: Staying Safe at Home During the Coronavirus Crisis (English) (Spanish)
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA): Understanding Loneliness and Social Isolation: How to Stay Connected (PDF) (Paper Copy)
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA): Feeling Lonely or Socially Isolated?

Videos

Infographic

Social Engagement

  • Administration for Community Living (ACL): Eldercare Locator
    • Link those who need assistance with state and local agencies on aging, as well as community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers.
  • Juanita C. Grant Foundation: Village Connector Experience
    • Engaging older adults impacted by covid-19 social isolation by having trained ambassadors’ calls including other featured social distancing activities.
  • Senior Planet (OATS): Senior Planet
    • Senior Planet, powered by OATS (Older Adults Technology Services), harnesses technology to change the way we age. Their courses, programs, and activities help seniors learn new skills, save money, get in shape, and make new friends.

Resources for State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs), Senior Medicare Patrol (SMPs), and Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA)

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