The COVID‐19 pandemic and physical distancing are transforming the way we interact. Even before the pandemic, many older adults were socially isolated and/or experienced loneliness. The COVID‐19 crisis has exacerbated these challenges, with concerns for worsening social isolation and loneliness among those who live alone or are frail, and even declines in the well‐being of older adults with previously healthy social lives.
Community centers have closed, nursing homes have terminated visitation, and grandparents are unable to visit their grandchildren. Initial hopes that restrictions would be temporary have given way to prolonged social distancing and the associated health impacts. Come learn from Dr. Thomas Cudjoe, a geriatrician at Johns Hopkins University, who will share the challenges and opportunities of sustained physical distancing. There will be time for Q&A in this engaging session, so please feel free to bring your questions.