Social isolation and loneliness in older adults is an urgent, yet under recognized public health crisis. Restrictions imposed by the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated their health effects and disrupted activities that previously provided meaning and purpose to aging populations. This virtual/interactive workshop offers multiple perspectives on the exigencies of social isolation and loneliness from gerontological experts, clinicians, and older adults themselves
At the end of the conference, participants will be able to:
- Examine the risks and consequences of social isolation for older adults and your profession’s role in addressing them.
- Describe the long and short term impacts of social isolation on older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Analyze a case study on older adults for social isolation, loneliness, and health impact.
This conference will be offered over the Zoom platform. Please read the logistical information and conference instructions provided in the email confirmation.
Co-sponsored by the UNE School of Social Work, Centers for Excellence in Aging and Health and Collaborative Education, CCSME, SeniorsPlus, and Tri-County Mental Health Services. Funded in part by a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training grant.
Photo credit: Matt Black
October 2, 2020
9 am to 12:30 pm EDT
About the Presenters:
Lenard W. Kaye, PhD Lenard Kaye is Professor of Social Work at the University of Maine School of Social Work and Director of the University of Maine Center on Aging. A prolific writer in the field of health care and aging, he has published multiple works on aging, including social isolation, home health care, productive aging, rural practice, family care giving, controversial issues in aging, support groups for older women, and congregate housing. Read more
Thomas M. Meuser, Ph.D Tom Meuser is a clinical psychologist with specialized training and experience in narrative gerontology, the neuropsychology of dementing disorders, and psychosocial intervention approaches to enhance well-being in older adults. Read more
Betsy Sawyer-Manter, MSW Prior to joining SeniorsPlus in May 2009, Betsy worked for the People’s Regional Opportunity Program (PROP), the Community Action Agency for Cumberland County. Read more
Tri-County Mental Health Services Team Jennifer Pelletier, MSW and Kristin Gingrich, MSW
Contact hours A completed evaluation is required to receive contact hours for the following:
Up to 3.5 Continuing Medical Education This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and (CCSME). The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians
3.5 Category I contact hours for Psychologists are provided. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
3.5 Continuing Education Units for Social Workers are provided. University of New England is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Social Workers.
3.5 contact hour for CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
Certificate of attendance for 3.5 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and other professionals.
3.5 contact hours pending approval by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.