Isolation and Aging: Becoming a Lighthouse for Your Clients, Patients and Their Families
Length: 3 Hour
Are social distancing and social isolation the same? Is loneliness inevitable when social distancing occurs? These are important questions to address due to the impact of the pandemic, self-quarantine and stay at home orders. Isolation for older adults and their family caregivers involves more than just loneliness—the literature suggests it’s downright dangerous for their health. Isolation doesn’t just negatively impact physical and mental health but also increases the risk that an older patient will be financially exploited or suffer other abuse. This interactive session will show you how to identify isolation; re-engage older adults and caregivers experiencing it; and prevent the preexisting senior isolation crisis from becoming even worse due to the pandemic.
This program has beginning and intermediate content.
Date of Original Program: 2/23/2021
Stephanie Goldstein, BSW, LBSW, has been in healthcare for more than 15 years. Her experience includes both working directly with patients and as a manager in mental health and long term care. She is passionate about educating patients and families on options while promoting self-determination for those with complex physical, cognitive or mental health diagnoses. A frequent guest lecturer for Johns Hopkins University’s Certificate on Aging program, she also loves teaching professionals about best practices in working with older generations.