Social isolation and loneliness among older adults in the context of COVID-19: a global challenge

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Abstract

We are experiencing a historical moment with an unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 global pandemic. The outbreak of COVID-19 will have a long-term and profound impact on older adults' health and well-being. Social isolation and loneliness are likely to be one of the most affected health outcomes. Social isolation and loneliness are major risk factors that have been linked with poor physical and mental health status. This paper discusses several approaches that may address the issues of social isolation and loneliness. These approaches include promoting social connection as public health messaging, mobilizing the resources from family members, community-based networks and resources, developing innovative technology-based interventions to improve social connections, and engaging the health care system to begin the process of developing methods to identify social isolation and loneliness in health care settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27
Number of pages1
JournalGlobal Health Research and Policy
Volume5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Aging
  • COVID-19
  • Public health messaging
  • Social isolation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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